Prepping 1: Prepping pitfalls or, “the dangers of unending “what if?”

Hey there! If you are a return reader, thank you for coming back! I truly appreciate the fact that people find things on this blog worth reading. If you are a new reader, then welcome aboard! You’re just in time for a series that I am starting for people like myself; people who want to be prepared, and want to be realistically prepared, as opposed to trying to prepare for every scenario and every situation and for The End Of The World. I hope that something here, first of all, proves to be of use to you, and secondly that it keeps you coming back!

In the world of prepping, there are as many opinions as there are people, I have found. Some say to be as prepared as you can be for anything, some say to prepare realistically. Some say as many years of food, water and fuel as you can have and store, some say 6 months, some say one month. Some say have a bunker, some don’t; the list goes on and on. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and, even worse, it’s easy to simply throw ones hands up and say “What’s the point? I’ll never be prepared for everything.” That’s what I went through, on a personal note. Interestingly enough, that’s also one of the “prepping pitfalls” I have read about in different sources dealing with preparedness; the dangers of the never-ending “What if?”

There is also the argument of “skills” vs. “stuff.” In an article on The Prepper Journal, author Pat Henry puts forth the idea that one does not always outweigh the other. Yes, you can spend $1200 and more on a tricked out assault rifle, complete with scope, laser sight and all the latest mods, but if you can’t hit a bull in the backside with a bass fiddle (a cleaned up version of what my dad used to say) are you better off than the person with the hand-me-down .22 caliber who can clear a jam, reload under stressful conditions and consistently hit what they aim at? Yes, no matter how much food you have or water you have stored, eventually it will run out, and a person who can survive “off the land” is going to have an advantage in a complete TEOTWAWKI scenario (provided there isn’t fallout, roaming gangs of savages, etc) but as has been said before, are we more likely to face a scenario like that, or a scenario in which you are forced to be on your own for a time, using only what supplies you have and skills or things you have on hand, because of a natural disaster or man made occurrence?

So what’s the point, then? What’s the “Boot of Truth” in this case? The BoT is this: as has been said before – prepare according to what you feel is best, is necessary, and is likely, according to your needs, abilities, and location. Take an honest assessment of your skills, knowledge (or lack of them) and work to improve them. Start small, and build from there. Beware taking in every piece of advice, every opinion – even mine – because I’m not you. Did you catch that? Even my opinions may not work for you – and I’m o.k. with that.

Find what does. Here are a couple of good starting points to give you a jumping off point:

http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2013/06/12/prepping-101-a-step-by-step-plan-for-how-to-get-started-prepping-pt1/

http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/02/26/preppers-list-of-supplies/

Next up – reviews of some emergency/preparedness items that I have purchased, have used, and can highly recommend for anyone to add to their general safety supplies at home!

God bless today, my friends – and let’s be careful out there – and stay safe!