The Year of the Prepper: 10 Tips for Beginners

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
The Year of the Prepper: 10 Tips for Beginners

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Back in 2011, I called out the “Year of the Prepper”.  Little did I know that 2012 and 2013 would also be the year of the prepper as we grow in strength and in numbers.  More and more, I am thrilled to see individuals and families begin to take responsibility for their own well being should a catastrophe come into their neighborhood.

That said, there is always room to grow and to pick up a new tip or two – beginner or not.  Case in point: a couple of weeks ago I read Alex Smith’s book “Getting Home” that is clearly for beginners and picked up more than one new tip that I have now incorporated into my prepping strategy.

10 Tips for the Beginner Prepper

10 Tips for the Beginning Prepper

How about you?  Would you like to pick up a new tip or two or three?  Read 10 Tips for the Beginning Prepper.


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Windstorm Safety Whistle:  This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds.  Every respectable prepper needs a good whistle.

Swedish Firesteel:  Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version.

Pepper Spray:  It is always good to have some form of defense that will temporarily halt a bad guy that is in your face.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets:  These come in compressed packets small enough to fit in a pocket or wallet.  You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you.

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3 Responses to “The Year of the Prepper: 10 Tips for Beginners”

  1. me too, the list I mean. I am always wanting to learn more tips, trick, ideas. for each of us, our situation and circumstances are different, for any number of reasons. the more I learn, the more I want to learn.

  2. I’ve noticed lately…the emphasis on preparedness in the news / internet. Here on this island I’ m hearing on the radio; “your safety is your responsibility.” If we buy items listed on a preparedness brochure, we will get 15% off at certain stores. At our grocery store a representative gave me a 20 week list of items we should stock up on….10% off if I show a blue strip of paper to the cashier. I don’t remember this from last year. Is this a new trend and should we be scared or is this a new way to urge people to…..
    take responsibility and not depend on a lack/ shortage of emergency help?

    • would love to see what list a store is handing out. I live in texas so store dont do that here, but I am curious, thanks

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