The Basics, A Beginner’s Starter Prepping Plan
Here’s a good back-to-basics post. Maybe too often we, all of us, and especially me, get caught up in details and scenarios that we forget the underlying principles of the game. Consider this, dear vets, a reminder. And, for the newbies that may have just joined team prepper, consider the following a great plan to get started.
As you can recall from experience, prepping can be a little daunting in the beginning. The imagination and the budget can easily run wild. Keep grounded in a basic plan, like the great one that Jason presented at Prepper Bits: please read this article on the matter.
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Each and everyone of us has different needs and wants, even when it comes to survival. That’s great but the basics are still the same. The general concepts don’t change whether you’re in a city, the country, solo or with a group, or regardless of what you’re prepping for.
Keep the following in mind:
One. You need a basic plan of action.
Assess yourself, your means, your experience, budget, goals, location, etc. in order to craft a blueprint for success. There are a hundred things to eventually add to it and the execution, but the generals of the plans should be the same – it’s one really – survive.
Two. Break down the plan into manageable components.
Eat the prepping elephant one bite at a time. Remember to keep things flexible; you will likely have to adapt one day to unforeseen circumstances and then maybe adapt again. Be ready.
Three. Your Issues
Everyone has them. There are different preps for different people and their desires, though most share commonalities. A prepper in a large coastal city will have slightly different needs than say a loner in the remote north woods somewhere. Take a moment to figure out your main issue(s) and plan accordingly. Remember the flexibility part.
Four. Group Dynamics.
Odds are you are not totally alone. Even if you are, your plan might necessarily include others – like children in college, elderly parents, etc. Pets and other critters come to mind – you’ll have to do the prepping for them. This is something to consider long and hard.
Five. Assess Yourself Long and Hard
You have natural strengths and, I suspect, a few weaknesses – we all do. Figure out what you need to do to boost the former and overcome the latter. Remember, skills and knowledge count for more than the “stuff.”
Check with Jason’s original for hints, tips, and resources to get the plan moving. If you’ve been through all this, take a moment to review and finetune. His last recommended step is, of course, getting started – for real with action.
I’ll add one crucial bit of advice: Keep it quiet.
Loose lips sink ships, especially on the prepper seas. If “they” don’t need to know, then don’t tell them. It might be best to appear to the world completely unprepared with the exact opposite the truth. Only ever share your plans with people you can trust.
Check out the great information Jason put together. His last word is about “balance.” That’s huge whether you’re bugging out, hunkering down, riding out a hurricane, fighting a mob, or anything else. Make this a part of life, but not the only part. Live, prep, and have fun.
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.