(ConservativeSense.com) – Preppers, or people who prepare for a number of scenarios, have been painted in a bad way by the media. Often, these people are portrayed as aluminum foil hat-wearing conspiracy theorists, when in reality they’re just getting ready for whatever they think may come. After all, wouldn’t you want to do whatever you could to survive?
Reason to Prepare
If you had trouble finding toilet paper, meat, canned food and dried goods during the panic that came after the initial COVID-19 wave, then you already understand why you need to prepare. There are several items people will buy in a panic, though we’re not sure why toilet paper was one of them. For this reason alone, you may want to stock up on these items. Disaster can strike anywhere and at any time, coming in several forms such as weather and illness.
Items to Hoard
Now, when we say hoard, we’re not talking about the TV show hoarders. The last thing you want to do is have a jumbled mess of stuff all over the place, especially in an emergency. Consider stocking up on these items as they won’t last long after a crisis.
- Duct tape: This is something you should always have around as it can be used for an endless number of applications.
- Fire starters: Do you really want to be caught rubbing two sticks together to make a fire? Of course not! Be sure to stock up on lighters and matches.
- Tarps: These items should always be part of a survival kit. Not only can they provide quick shelter, they can also be used to collect water. Take it a step further and get camo tarps to conceal your area and supplies.
- Cordage: Without this, you can’t make rope or tie your tarps down. Plus, it’s good for making traps. One example of great cordage is paracord.
- Bleach: You specifically want the unscented form as it can be used to not only disinfect surfaces and some equipment, but water as well.
- Flashlight: You need to be able to see, and if there’s no power, flashlights are a great way to do just that.
- Candles: Another source of light in grid-down situations, candles also produce some heat.
- Batteries: Without them, most flashlights and radios are useless.
- Salt: This item may come as a surprise, but salt is good in a number of ways. One, it provides minerals for your body. Two, it can be used to preserve food, and three, it can add flavor to food.
- Propane: In a grid-down situation you may need to rely on propane-fueled lamps, stoves and/or heaters.
- Oil lamps and supplies: It’s good to have as many ways to see in the dark as possible, and oil lamps are a great option.
- Socks and other clothing: Clothes, especially socks, can wear down quickly, and having extras is always good.
- Plastic bags: These can be grocery or trash bags; both have their purposes, and can carry items. Trash bags can also serve as emergency ponchos.
- Seeds: Don’t just buy any seeds; they need to be heirloom varieties that will produce more seeds for use in the next season.
- Toilet paper: While not an entirely important item, as there are plenty of alternatives, toilet paper is more of a comfort item for us to cling to some form of “normalcy.” While there are alternatives, not many are pleasant.
Prepping is becoming a more common idea, although there still aren’t enough people out there practicing it. Many individuals think that they can just go to a friend’s house when something happens, but truth is that’s not always a viable option. Most preppers have worked for years to get ready, and many aren’t considering moving extra people in.
The good news is it’s never too late to start prepping — unless, of course, it’s already post-disaster. Don’t go out and panic buy a bunch of stuff. There are plenty of ways you can prepare for next to nothing, but you may have to do some research. What are you waiting for? Go out there and get prepared!
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