Top 13 Beginning prepping Mistakes
I look around the net, and around people I know, and I’m not naming names but there are a whole lot out there who have drunk the Kool Aid and are prepping backwards.
I completely understand the emotional needs to see you are accomplishing something, so you can say “Yes, I am making progress in prepping”
I think that’s awesome you are thinking about things past next Tuesday. I really do, taking responsibility for yourself is a great first step.
So here is my list of things I think new preppers are making errors with
1- The Bug Out Bag. People are spending the equivalent of house payments on what is essentially a 3 day meal plan. You can do 3 days on your head if you have water. That’s really a huge slap to the face of the mainstream prepping community who advocate get your bag set. If you are leaving your home you are a refugee , you aren’t bugging out for the rest of your life with a bag holding 3 days of food and a water filter.
I think the whole BOB concept is a disservice to the prepared everywhere, and though its not a popular philosophy it is growing. Your life happens past the 3 days your bag is packed for, don’t spend an excessive amount on something you can better spend on life after 72 hours.
Your last prep should be your bag to run away with.
2- Stocking food you don’t eat– You are going to be under stress, you aren’t going to have much for appetite during the initial phases of an event due to stress and then you will be changing what your digestive system has been functioning on for your lifetime. I am not perfect here, but I diversify my food storage with grains, and dehydrated foods as well as canned goods. Its about minimizing stress on your intestines.
Rice, beans, flour, salt and sugar is great to prep with but very boring as a diet as well as taking a long time to make edible.
3- Preppers are buying weapons and ammunition like they are mobilizing for Iwo Jima. Lets be honest, prepping is a great reason to buy toys:) I know, I’ve got a pile, literally. And its about want not need.
However, all of this one section of preps is taking up the majority of your cash outlay for preps. No? Bet me.
Do the math, be honest and use the real numbers, not what you told your wife. Add it up. Its a whole lot more than you realized isn’t it?
I’m in no way saying not to buy a new rifle, but if you already have a rifle perhaps the new one could go on the other end of the list for priorities.
4-Water- This is huge. You really take for granted how much water you use daily. I occasionally look at my water bill and realize I use far more water than I realize. Preppers on the whole are under prepping water . You are dead in 3 days without water. Maybe not, but you wont go much longer.
And it doesn’t matter what filter you have if there is nothing to filter. So keep water as a primary prep goal.
5- Thinking you will defend your home against everything the world sends. I have a long background in the military as well as law enforcement. If someone can observe long enough they will find holes in your defense as well as your people. If you have someone who knows about attacking in an urban area come give you their assessment you will find you are vulnerable. It doesn’t matter what you are living in, if it has air vents or an exit you can be beaten. Accept that and instead of lying to yourself, figure out what you can do to minimize your signature on the outside. A bunker is just a trap with a different paint job.
6- In regards to #5, too many brag about what they have to the wrong people. Everyone is prepping for SHTF but no one I know is operating in STFU. I am not a hypocrite. By the time most have figured out what has happened is longer term than 3 days I’ll be gone. So knowing I’m a prepper doesn’t do you much good.
Shut your damn mouths. Completely. If people come to your home or office and tell you they are coming to your house when it hits the fan, you are talking too much. Get over the idea you will be a powerful person because you have and they have not. They will just make a plan and kill you. After they drink all your beer and tell you they are your friend.
7- Planning to become a raider/ criminal. Rest assured, you are one of those who cant shut up. We know who you are, consider you are not the only ones who make a plan for dealing with it.
8-Planning for single events/dates. What a joke. Lets see Y2K, 2012, etc yet here we are. What happens when an earthquake hits and everything you have predicates an EMP? Not much good to have everything in a collapsed building is it?
Diversify, its just like betting in Vegas, spread out and keep losses low. Now, some areas, like where I live have a pretty low incidence of floods, but earthquakes are geologically common. Guess where the smart money is? But there are overlapping preps for both, as well as others..
9- Thinking you will live off the land. The land can support maybe 1/10th of the population as it exists today in the majority of the US. Fields mean people to watch them, people mean you need bigger fields, bigger fields make bigger targets… ad infinitum
It doesn’t matter how much you know when the land is stripped bare. If you want to live off the land you need less people, and even then its far from certain. People are the problem, not the land.
10- The most popular…I’ll just bug out to the country/ farms/mountains etc. Gee, you are the first to think that. How long do you think it will take for rural people to say no.
I can tell you for sure, the first mobs are the end of being nice in rural areas. And people who haven’t moved are far stronger defensively then a mob traveling light and hungry. People in rural areas know their neighbors, and have alliances going back generations, as opposed to a quickly formed mob. It won’t be pretty, but mobs will hit the attrition wall quickly.
11- Prepping alone– a group can divide tasks and defend each other far better than individuals or small family groups. Going it alone is fine in a fantasy novel, but not realistic in reality. All the negatives point to the lone wolf survivalist, which is not feasible in the long term. You have to sleep, you have to eat, and if you are alone you are prey not a predator.
12- Failing to learn from recent disasters worldwide. Every day this same SHTF scenario occurs , volcanos in Chile, earthquakes in Tibet, hurricanes in the gulf coast. Look at what happens and don’t just concentrate on what you want to hear. Learn, don’t just tunnel vision in your own head. The disaster you role play will not be the disaster happening. Learn, not fantasize
13-Communications bottle neck– Every thing will be transmitted over the air. Both good guys and bad guys have radios and your entire existence is dependent on real time intelligence. Scouts and sentries, and radio monitoring will get you through the hard times. Learn about radio, there is nothing plug and play about radio communications. All of it requires knowing how to use it before any event happens, thinking you will learn after is too late.
Those are the top 13 beginning prepping mistakes Ive observed since being involved in the prepping community