Friday, 1 May 2020

Prepping On A Budget

With the current Global Pandemic more and more people have seeing just how fragile society and the world that we live in is, realising this they have started asking about what is the best way to start prepping?

Which is awesome.

I started looking into emergency preparedness a couple of years ago after realising that I am not guaranteed to get any help from the emergency services or the government if things were to go south in a huge way. 

At the time I was well aware that I did not have the money needed to go out and buy everything I needed there and then, I had to do this on a tight budget and for the most part, I still do.

One of the biggest obstacles new preppers face is the size of the head fart you have after reading articles and watching videos made by seasoned preppers where they talk about some of the gear you "should" have, and how they could have up to a years worth of food stockpiled just in case we do have to face a SHTF situation.

This is one of the reasons I decided to write this post, to give you an idea of where to start.
That being said, I think it best to start by saying that you do not and should not max out your credit card or empty your bank account so that you can have the gear and a sizeable food stockpile. Even in the current global  situation that would be a bad, bad idea.

Obviously, you are a bit late to start prepping for the current pandemic. But you are not too late to start getting ready for second wave of this virus, which most people, including scientist's are saying will be hitting us in the autumn and winter of this year.

So, where do you start?

People are saying that the second wave of the virus will be harder and stronger than the one we are facing at the moment, so expect more lock downs. With that in mind, start by stockpiling food and water. The idea is, double up on a few things, you know, beans, rice maybe some canned soups, one you put in the place you have set out for your stockpile and the other goes into the cupboard ready for when you want it.

Try to find items with a long shelf life, I would say at least 1-2 years.

You should try to stockpile food that you would normally eat, buying in food that you don't like is just a waist of money and space. Things like Rice, pasta and spaghetti, packet pasta and dried soup's can last year's, instead of sugar try getting in some honey which has no shelf life if it's stored in the right conditions.

When it comes to water, it's advised that you should be looking at 3 litres of water per day per person. It's worth noting that for the post part our water system was not effected by the current corvid outbreak, but it would still be a good idea to have some water to hand just in case, as well as the means to sterilise water.

Think about what has happened over the last few months, areas where you had problems, especially around food, toiletries and hygiene products and try to work on making sure that you have that area covered.

Hand sanitiser is starting to come back onto store shelves and seems to be staying there longer than 20 minutes this time. If you come across sanitiser when you're out shopping it would be a good idea to buy a couple of bottles and put them to one side.

If you make your own sanitizer, it would be a good idea to start to build up a stockpile of the ingredients you will need to make more.

I have every confidence that things like toilet roll, flour and pasta will be bought out again, so it might also be a good idea to buy a few extra of those, yeast as well would be a good idea.

While all this is going on,  read books, watch videos and learn as much as you can about prepping.

Learn some new skills that will be useful in an emergency situation. Gardening, hunting, how to set a snare, first aid is a big one, how to find and purify water and much more.

This would also be a good time to work on your fitness as well. The last thing you want is to be in a situation where you need to move fast, or have to put in strenuous work over a couple of hours and just dont have the fitness level to do this.

Some YouTube channels I would recommend are.

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