No idea how long the food you have will last or if you can find clean water?
Lighting a campfire is a lot of hustle. Worry not. I have been prepping for years, and now I have what I require to last me for months on end.
As a beginner, do not worry as it is not late for you to start. I will urge you to keep to the basics and not start buying truckloads of food or water and large generators.
I will offer you my tips and how my family began prepping to gain experience and guide you until you can now be prepared to go off-grid for months.
The list will contain standard stuff, no mountaineering or weird hunting stuff either. Let us get started.
Survival Prepping for beginners. How to get started
What you will need to start prepping;
- Storage Space
- Outdoor Equipment
When getting ready, you first need enough space to store whatever would be required for an extended time as this could take up a lot of space in the long run.
Setting aside a room to store any essential supplies is essential. Keep in mind that some would require cold storage, and some would have to be stacked.
It is also vital to ensure that pests and bugs cannot access the storage facility.
This is the most critical aspect of being a survivalist. Enough supplies to last the amount of time and even have leftovers is important. These include:
Having a clean supply of water is very important.
Also, improve your ability to purify water if you deplete your freshwater supply and gather more knowledge on collecting rainwater and information about nearby bodies of water.
Boiling water is the simplest way to provide clean water and make it safe for drinking.
It is crucial to start with a couple of days’ supply as a beginner. As time goes by and you get more comfortable prepping, the time frame can be adjusted.
This requires keeping a list of food items and their expiration dates to maintain a healthy rotation.
Using a pantry, you can load from the back and select food items from the front to ensure no items are overlooked. Storing food items that you enjoy eating will make it easier to rotate.
Some easy to store foods include:
- Dry beans
- canned meat
- Canned Vegetables and fruit
- Jams and jelly
- iodized salt
- Powdered milk
First Aid Kits
I always have a first aid kit on hand. It is important to pack extra bandages, pain relievers, hydrogen peroxide and simple medication if kids are involved.
Personal hygiene items like soaps, toothbrushes, shampoos toilet paper are also essential.
Disaster will not always strike as you sit at home.
Having a get home bag in the car with enough supplies for a night is also essential. Whether you have a kid or not, this might help you if getting to your house is not possible or might take longer than expected.
I am prepared to shelter in place and hunker down in my own home. In extreme circumstances where it is required to leave, creating a basic shelter or campsite is needed.
Setting up a tent is an easy option and does not have many steps, but a simple sleeping bag around the fire can also work.
As a beginner, having a bug out bag for this situation is ideal as it contains all necessary items for a quick exit and enough supplies for at least 72 hours.
Carrying small utensils, candles, flashlights, solar burners, and extra batteries can come in handy if the situation changes and takes longer than expected.
Planning for entertainment and fun is also essential. For example, games and comfort food will distract the kids and keep them in good spirits.
Knowledge of operating equipment such as generators or setting up toilets and outdoor baths may come in handy. Use of such equipment will be a waste if you are alone.
Knowing your neighbours and collaborating on such equipment and evacuation methods and procedures will also lead to an easier time. Having tools in your shed, like axes, knives, and driver sets, and safely using them may come in handy.
It is also good to know that someone is watching your back and ready to give a helping hand.
Survival Prepping For Beginners
So, as a beginner, these are the essential starting prerequisites for your survival prepping.
- 1. Storage Space
- 2. Supplies
- 3. Shelter
- 4. Outdoor Equipment
Prepping will get easier with the above on your survival pack and practising and evolving your method. Join me outdoors soon.