My Prepping 101 Guest Post

What makes me different from all those other competent PF bloggers out there in the universe?

Well, a couple of things – my path to FIRE is not theoretical or newly laid. I have been at it for years and my well worn FIRE path has the assets to back up the lip service.

Secondly, I am also a lawyer. There are too many lawyers, not enough PF bloggers and even fewer people happen to be both. My blogs dips into the wonderful world of the law.

Next, I’m weird, I am OK with this. I have unorthodox beliefs and viewpoints. Some of which people might even find interesting.

I am fairly well traveled, therefore I dabble into the travel blog domain.

Lastly, I am a full blown, unabashed PREPPER. I thinking prepping and FIRE have a lot of crossover and deserve even more.

So when my friend over at HaltCatchFire asked me to do a guest post about the basics of prepping. I said sure. Here is the outlay;

PREPPING can be broken down into the fundamental categories of needs during an emergency, especially an emergency that is not over quickly. Food, Water, Shelter, First Aid, Security, Light/Power, Communication, and Information.

The time, energy, and money one wants to put into prepping can be bottomless. So I have broken down each category into 3 degrees of prep; Basic, Moderate, and Serious.

Tummy sufficiently tempted? Check out the rest of the post, HERE.

Don’t forget to read up on HCF’s series ‘Coders of Finance‘. It really took my back to land of Commodore 64’s, HTML monkeys, and a life that could have been.



7 thoughts on “My Prepping 101 Guest Post

  1. Thank you for this great recommendation and the great content, that last sentence brought a tear into my eye 🙂

    So anyone reading this feel free to jump over my blog and enjoy the light of wisdom from our bright star, OthalaFehu.

    There is no problem with weirdness, without it the world would be a boring place. And to look smarter just leaving this quote here:

    “There is no great genius without some touch of madness.” (Aristotle)

  2. Prepping in some form is a very rational approach to having a fallback plan in case the unexpected happens. In Europe, its common for governments to advise citizens to have food/water on hand in case of emergencies (2 weeks supply in Poland for example). The CDC advise citizens to “Get a kit” which includes a 3 days supply of food and water, personal safety items etc. I find it a little funny to hilarious depending on the person when I see comments which are anti preparedness focused. Who can criticize some one for being prepared? Given the amount of planning and consistency and patience involved in FIRE, it is odd to me that there is not more focus on emergency preparedness. Tough to benefit from retiring early if you die of thirst because you suffered a water outage for longer than 3 days with no fall back. I’m on the moderate to serious end of the scale myself.

    • Agree with you. Even if you are not prepared like a soldier a basic level preparedness would not hurt. Especially if you live at areas where earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, etc. potentially happen. Being totally unprepared in those situations would be pure madness. Also I see some points in the whole plan which could be financially beneficial even if there will not happen any emergency. Having food and water stashed away and generally being able to be self-supporting for a while could save some money.

  3. Excellent post! I didn’t realize you were a prepper. While I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a true prepper (mostly because I don’t fit the stereotype), I think it would be foolish to keep a blind eye towards the future.

    I agree with the previous commenters regarding the puzzling lack of preparedness discussion in the FI community, since the hallmarks of forethought, planning, and knowledge which mark the FIRE trail also light the path to survival preparedness.

    The FFP household is at the “Moderate” level on most of the above scale, a few categories excepted. +1 for the reference to the Encyclopedia of Country Living! That was required reading on the homestead where I grew up. Thanks for the read!

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