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It seems fitting that while things are a bit more relaxed, prepping wise, we take a few moments to reflect upon preparedness strategies that are universal. I have given this a lot of thought and found that the rules of prepping boil down to just a few simple words, twenty-two to be exact.
Here, in simplistic terms, are four steps every prepper needs to adhere to in order to succeed.
Prepping In 22 Words
Identify disruptive events that could happen to you.
Do one thing at a time.
Tackle the most important things first.
That’s it. Very succinct and very simple. These four rules will be guiding me going forward as I continue to add additional skills to my prepping repertoire. I hope you will do the same.
Prepping Ad Infinitum
In the comments to Do You Think Prepping Has Died? one reader made the point that compared to a few years ago, there is now a ton of prepping information available on the internet and elsewhere. To paraphrase, how much longer can you and I continue to show an interest in the same regurgitated material? Here is what Troy had to say:
I don’t know how much of what you’re seeing is so much a slow down in people living a Prepper lifestyle as it is a lack of new and fresh information being made available to them…
There are a “Gazillion” Prepper/Survival sites and blogs out there and so many of them contain information on the same topics.
How many times and different ways can someone tell you what an EMP event is, what the side effects of one will most likely be, and how you can attempt to minimize an EMP’S effects on you and your equipment…?
The same holds true with Natural Disasters, a broken Economy, Marshal Law, and a Nuclear Attack on our own soil just to name a few…
Then you have all of the information on how to be prepared for any of these events and once the basics are covered, such as, shelter, water, food, and protection the rest is just icing on the cake…
This is not to imply that this information is not important, but rather that it is time to take our thirst for knowledge to the next level.
The Final Word
In turning over this new leaf, the Backdoor Survival mission will be to promote these 4 rules of prepping with a greater emphasis on what I have always called “Homesteading in Place”. More DIY, more homemaking skills, and more emphasis on doing things the old-fashioned way while maintaining modern comforts.
I can hardly wait to get started and hope to see you over on the other side.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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In keeping with the spirit of this article, I sat down to list the a handful of items that I keep with me, no matter what. This was not an easy task because over the the years I have learned to rely on all of my preps for one thing or another. Still, right I this moment, I would pick these five items. Ask me tomorrow, the I may choose a different 5.
LifeStraw Family 1.0 Water Purifier: While the individual Lifestraw is important, it is a “straw” that you drink out of. The water can not be used for cooking or other purposes. On the other hand, the Lifestraw Family (available at BDS sponsor Eartheasy.com) will purify 9-12 liters of water per hour into a bucket or other container. It contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. Read my review of the Lifestraw Family here.
Portable Solar Charger: With so many important documents and eBooks stored on electronic devices, having the ability to recharge them when the grid is down is a personal priority. I have reviewed many over the years and with each new unit, the form factor, efficiency, and price gets better. My current fav is the Archeer 21W Foldable Solar Panel.
Lanterns and Flashlights: I refuse to pick a single favorite. Or perhaps I should say I can’t. That said, the flashlight continues to perform and the collapsible lanterns just keep on going!
Mini CREE Q5 LED Zoomable 1200 Lumens Flashlight: I am calling this my “3 buck flashlight”. As of this writing, this little gem is with free shipping for everyone. It uses a single AA battery (I am using a recharged Alkaline battery). This is another one of those great deals that is difficult to pass up.
Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern – Collapsible: I admit to owning a number of these collapsible lanterns. They use 30 different LEDS and are powered by AA batteries, including rechargeables. Instead of a switch, you turn these lanterns on by extending the lantern from its collapsed condition. There are many different brands available but I have not found much difference between them. Shop by price. For more, choices, click here.
The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook: Third Edition: I went back and forth considering a book on survival medicine or a book on essential oils. Dr. Joe Alton’s book won. This is the definitive source of medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible not only for emergency medicine but for day to day ailments as well.
Kershaw OSO Sweet Pocket Knife: A decent pocket knife made it to the list. We use ours almost daily and I cannot imagine getting by without a knife. This is our favorite.