Have You Made These Prepping Mistakes?
Preparing to survive is about making careful choices and looking into the future for dangerous scenarios that could arise. Based on that forward look prepping calls for action now in the way of gathering supplies and skills that you will have at your fingertips in the event of an emergency to protect yourself and your family.
Since prepping is all about good choices now for the future you want to be sure you aren’t missing something important or making big mistakes in your preparations. Here are two common mistakes that people make in preparing for emergencies.
Prepping Mistake 1: Putting too much stock in gear and not enough effort into gaining survival skills.
No doubt, gear is important. If you have enough food on hand and the tools to cook it with, that will help you get through tough times. If you have a handgun or rifle, you’ll be better positioned to protect yourself if things get violent.
But what if you’ve never practiced cooking with your back-up propane stove? What if you’ve never taken your gun to the range? And what if whatever crisis you’re facing outlasts your food stores or your ammunition? What then?
In any crisis situation, it’s your knowledge and skill sets that will get you through. Having the right tools is important, but those tools can be worse-than-useless if you’ve haven’t learned to use them… and in untrained hands they can become downright dangerous.
Make a commitment this year to gain the practical knowledge you need to make good use of your preparations.
Prepping Mistake 2: Never doing a dry run. This goes hand-in-hand with prepping mistake number one. I know a lot of people who put a lot of money and effort into preparing for the end of the world and then never actually test their work.
Schedule a “crisis weekend” with your family, and go through a dry run. It’s as simple as picking a scenario – the power grid has gone down or the dollar has collapsed – and living out your weekend based on some of the likely outcomes of that scenario.
Periodically doing a dry run has two beneficial outcomes: it helps train you and your family into a mindset of dealing with unforeseen and difficult situations, and it helps you see immediately any gaps in your preparations.
– via www.independentlivingnews.com
Items You Might Forget in Your Bug Out Bag
Building your bug out bag is a priority and one in which preppers invest serious thought, time and money. There are so many possibilities for items to include in your bug out bag that you cannot include them all. The bag would be much larger than you are!
Here are some items for you to consider including in your bug out bag along with suggestions of how they can be used.
The truth is, there’s no perfect list of items you should put in your bug out bag. It all depends on you, who will be with you, where you live, what types of survival items you prefer, and so forth.
But once you have all the basics covered, you’ll need to make sure there aren’t any items you forgot.
This post is to remind you of any items you would have put in your bag but forgot, and it’s to give you some ideas you might not have considered.
Antibiotics – These could save your life. To fight 90% of infections, be sure to pack some cephalexin, ciprofloxacin, and metronidazole.
Baby Wipes – A very easy and convenient way to keep clean.
Backpack Rain Cover – Keep your bug out bag and its contents dry even if it’s pouring down rain.
Benadryl – If you’re outdoors and on foot, allergies could become a major problem.
Celox Blood Clotting Powder – This stuff is great. It will stop small, penetrating wounds from bleeding.
Chap Stick – Use it to moisten chapped skin, stop small cuts from bleeding, prevent blisters, start fires, and much more.
Compact Survival Fishing Kit – If you pass any lakes or rivers, try to catch some fish so you don’t go through your packed food as quickly.
Dental First Aid Kit – Tooth pain can be excruciating, but a temporary filling can help relieve the pain until you can get to a dentist.
EpiPen – These are used in emergencies to treat severe allergic reactions. Ask your doctor to prescribe one.
Flash Drive – Scan all your important documents, forms of identification, pictures, books, etc. on this key chain flash drive.
Glow Sticks – You can use these to mark things in and around your camp so you’re not fumbling in the dark.
LifeStraw – Drink water directly from the source. This awesome invention filters up to 260 gallons of water.
Liquid Bandage – An invisible, flexible, waterproof, antiseptic bandage to prevent infections.
Moleskin – Protect calluses, blisters, and sore spots from painful friction.
Penny Can Stove and Denatured Alcohol – A small, lightweight stove that gets very hot and is very efficient.
Pictures of Family and Friends – This is important in case you get separated. People you encounter might be able to help you find your family and friends again.
Poncho Liner Blanket – A weather-resistant blanket that can also be used for building a shelter.
– via Urban Survival Site
Are you planning to practice your skills and do a practice run so that you and your family are ready for an emergency?