Survival and Prepping

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

Benjamin Franklin

Every since I was a kid I have always romanticized the outdoors, pretending to have adventures with my friends, staking out in the treeline with my bee bee gun playing army or just getting lost in the woods by my house in the country. Since joining the Army in 2006 and serving 10 years, I have spend my fair share of time in the woods and have learned a great deal from reading and just taking general interest in survival and “prepping”.

I’m not the crazy “prepper” from the the TV shows or movies you’ve seen where the guy is paranoid and thinks the government or zombies are going to get them so they have to stockpile weapons and prepare for the worst. I’d like to think I’m a little more practical than all that. I don’t blow tons of money on gear that I don’t need, but I’m also one who sees targets of opportunity and will grab an abandoned water container that can be cleaned or buy something cheap at a yard sale that I could use.

There are tons of articles on how to become a prepper and even more articles of people saying it’s not what they’d do so I’m not going to go in depth with this one. This page is going to mainly be what I think are the main points you should pay attention to that would apply to most any survival or apocalyptic scenario.

Below is a list of items that I believe EVERYONE should have available that covers a wide array of prepping style emergencies.

“Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.”

Franz Kafka
  • Water (one gallon per person, per day at the least)
  • Food (at least 3 days of non-perishable food per person)
  • Self Defense items (I prefer firearms, but something is better than nothing)
  • Knife(s) (something more heavy duty than just your normal pocket knife)
  • Medical Kit (special medicine that might be needed for individuals as well as general medical supplies for stopping bleeding etc.

Also check out my other articles below:

“Prepping with a purpose”

“Investing in an uncertain future”

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