Doomsday Prepping Beginners – Where Do I Start? Pt. 2
In our first article, we talked about where you start as a new prepper. Spoke about what gear you should have and what skills you should learn. We talked about getting a bug out bag, talked about getting a firearm and talked about getting firestarter equipment. We also talked about learning navigation, how to start fires and how to handle a firearm in a responsible manner.
Just like how the last article was a short check list of what you should purchase and learn, this is going to be a continuation of that. This is going to give you three more items that you should look into purchasing a soon as you can and three more skills you should looking to learning as soon as you can. Why am I putting so much emphasis on learning these skills and making these purchases as soon as you can? Because an event could happen tomorrow, next week, next month or even sooner than that. when something does happen you do not want to be caught just thinking about what you should do, you want to be well prepared ahead of time and be ready to act and provide.
When I mention food as a gear, you should think of it as more like a survival item. This type of food is not the food you would find in your refrigerator, pantry or at your local supermarket. The food that you should have in your bug out bag should be food that can be quickly opened and eaten with little preparation. The military uses such food, they are called MREs. An MRE, or “Meal Ready to Eat” is a food that the military uses in which it has a 20 year shelf life and allows a soldier in combat to quickly open the bag and eat with almost little to no preparation whatsoever. However, since we are not in the military, we’re going to be looking elsewhere. There are many civilian versions of an MRE that we will be able to include in our bug out bag.
Similar to an MRE, freeze-dried food is food that is sealed airtight bag, has a long life shelf, and requires little preparation. Freeze-dried food does however require some preparation. Freeze-dried food requires that you cook it in boiling water, which means that you must have boiling water readily available otherwise you will not be able to eat your freeze-dried food. Freeze-dried food is very popular among preppers, however in my opinion, I have always tried to stay away from freeze-dried food due to the fact that it doesn’t require boiling water in order to prepare it. What I recommend are already prepared bars that you can buy in 1200, 2400 and 3600 calorie options. The best companies that you should look for which sell these bars are Mainstay and Datrex. I personally keep at least two 3600 calorie bars in my bug out bag at all times. These bars are sealed airtight, have a 25 year shelf life and can be eaten in seconds. This makes them the ideal choice for the best food for your bug out bag. You can find my review on these bars by going heading over Here.
- Water Filter
the next item on your list should be a water filter. A water filter can be contained within a water ball itself or as a separate filter altogether. Purposes of the water filter is to be able to drink wherever you are at any time to find water in which it may be questionable to drink. The ideal water filter will be something that will filter out 99.9999% of bacteria including Cryptosporidium and other bad stuff that you will find in questionable drinking water such as rivers, lakes and waterfalls.without water filter, you could be on the go, find water, drink it and get sick with a variety of different illnesses, some of which could potentially be fatal. Heavenly water filter in your bug out bag gives you peace of mind that wherever you are, you’ll always be able to drink the water that you find, fests greatly increasing your chances of survival wherever you are. The general rule of thumb is that you cannot go anymore then three days without water before you die. While this number can fluctuate depending on a variety of different situations, water is going to be your number one most desirable asset in any survival situation, as thirst can build up rather quickly as can dehydration and a variety of other issues if you do not get water in a reasonable amount of time.
Now, there are a lot of different water filters are available out there on the market today, many of which I recommend and several that I do not recommend. However, you need to look into purchasing a good water filter, as it could potentially be one of your most valuable purchases for your bug out bag. There is only one water filter that I highly recommend, as it is the “cream of the crop” and the “pick of the litter”, in my opinion. This is the Sawyer Water Filter. If you are interested in my recommendation for this great water filter, then check out my Water Filter Review.
shelter can be anything from an additional pair of clothes to a jacket, tent, poncho, or blanket. For now, we are going to focus on some type of emergency blankets. Many years ago, NASA developed something called Mylar. Mylar is a type of foil that reflects 90% of the body’s heat that is omitted when somebody is wearing it. This is exactly what a Mylar emergency blanket is. I recommend having at least several Mylar emergency blankets in your bug out bag at all times just in case in the event that you have to bug out to a remote location world where shelter is not available, you will still be able to stay warm and hopefully survive the elements.however, just like with a lot of items that are sold in stores online and off-line today, there are a lot of cheap Mylar blankets that will rip very easily and are of very poor quality. Most Mylar blankets will be a one time use item, however, there are some that are better quality than others that allow you to be able to use them at least a couple of times. For more information about what type of Mylar blanket you should purchase for your bug out bag, be sure to check out my review on Mylar blankets.
When you are a prepper, whether brand new or seasoned, being able to be innovative with their gear, skills and surroundings is an absolute necessity. Am I saying you must become the next “MacGyver”? Of course not. What I am saying however is that you must be able to be innovative with what it is you have, are and know. The ”have” means that you must be able to look at your gear and consider at least several different uses for each piece of that gear. The “are” signifies the locale of where you may be. If you’re bugging out, you should be able to use the surroundings to your advantage. Part of being innovate is adaption and part of adaptation is being able to look at am object and see an immediate 3-5 ways of being able to use it to be able to solve a variety of different problems. The “know” means that you should be able to take what ever skills you have, such as firestarting, hunting, fishing, engineering or what ever you may know on top of common prepper skills and be able to adapt them to the situation. This means you may be required to combine skills in order to solve a particular problem.
Is planning a skill? Absolutely! Show me a man without a plan, a man who has run out of options, and I’ll show you a man who is about to experience failure. As a prepper, you must be a good planner. Planning ahead of time on where you will bug out to, where you will meet up with family, friends and loved-ones in the event of an emergency and how you plan on surviving are all important as a prepper. If you have no idea what you are going to do right now, how will you be able to know what do when you actually need to act? Planning for the future is important in life. In the life of a prepper, especially a brand new prepper, it is absolutely paramount.
To top of the list of our “skills” for this article, we are going to round it off with a final skill that is going to exercise our mental capabilities. Communication is a vital skill that should be in any preppers repertoire. Why? Without being able to effectively communicate, how long do you intend to last? When I speak of communication, I am talking about a skill that you as a new prepper should have which allows you to be able to efficiently communicate what is going on to those around you and be able to explain the situation inn a manner that keeps everyone focused. While I’m not advocating a public speech or communications degree from Harvard University, I am saying that you need to be an effective communicator. In times of crisis, people panic. A real leader, one who is preparing right now to provide and to lead, knows how to keep the “soldiers” calm. A real leader will be able to do this and know how to manage his/her words and choose them very very carefully. Do not over estimate this skill. It will be vital in an emergency, as people, especially preppers of fail to take the human and emotional effects into account when a crisis arises.
The gear you should have in this article listed above should also be in your bug out bag. By now, you should have a bug out bag containing at least a firearm, firestarter, shelter, water filter and food that you can eat without any preparation at all. You should have the ability to operate your handgun efficiently and safely, know how to start a fire, know how to navigate your local terrain, be able to adapt as an innovator, know how to strategically plan ahead of time for disaster and be an effective leader through efficient and timely communication.
Please be sure to drop me a comment below with any questions you may have and what it is You think should be added to this list!