I get it, I really do. Why waste your time with all these weird prepping ideas when nothing that bad is going to happen?
I am not encouraging you to go live in a bunker until the end of the world. But there is no reason why you can not make small adjustments around the house, over time, that would help out tremendously IF you ever needed to confront a true emergency.
Here is a whole bunch of simple changes around the house that might someday translate to huge advantages.
1. Every time it rains you are wasting fresh water. The rains runs off the roof of your house and back into the ground. Maybe you already even have a gutter system set up. Why not use a Rain Barrell? The rain goes down into the barrel and just sits there because you do not need it. But maybe someday you do need it and there is 50 gallons of good water and a system all set up to preserve future water. One time set up and done.
- You need to eat right? Why not expand your week’s worth of groceries into a true pantry? Buy a little heavier whenever there is a good deal. You will be surprised how fast a pantry builds itself up. There are many food stuffs that have very long shelf lives. The only risk here is if you forget to rotate your stock and something expires.
3. Do you know how to drive a stick shift? Now this advice may become obsolete as the amount of cars with manual transmissions slows dies out. But, there are plenty of them out there for now. Wouldn’t it be a shame if you really needed to drive that car you came across and you don’t know how to shift gears. This skill is dying out prematurely IMHO.
- I bet you just keep throwing dryer lint away in the trash right? That stuff is far from useless, it is an excellent fire starter. Just set aside one plastic bag from the grocery store and start stuffing your dryer lint into it. Before you know it, you have a healthy supply of it. No cost and it only takes up a small space, but potentially worth its trouble in gold.
Here are things you can buy over time to shore up your supply.
- How much gas do you keep on hand? You need it for the mower and a few other machines/tools around the house, so you have a five gallon can. Do you keep it full? More than one? again the only danger here is not using it up in the right order or neglecting to use some fuel stabilizer at the end of the season. More gas on hand is likely to always be a good thing in an emergency.
A big bottle of iodine might never get used. If does not cost much and can just sit there, unless of course you ever need it and boy will you be glad it is on hand if there is an injury.
Who probably always have some bleach around, it pops up in several basic household functions. Do yourself a favor and buy a second gallon to just sit around. It will come in real handy during a period of uncertainty.
Do you drink liquor? Most of us do, at least occasionally or with friends. Would it hurt to increase your bar at home? Nope. You will use it up someday. Go ahead and slowly buy additional fifths over time until you have a good sized stash. Never a waste, alcohol is important as a trade good it things ever get that bad.
Remember the great toilet paper scarce of Spring 2020? Items like TP will always eventually get used up. Why not buy in bulk. If you have the space.
- The same buy in bulk applies to batteries as well. They will store a long time and you will eventually use them up. Better to have a pile of them if the power goes out for a long spell.
Remember this Prepper moto always; “Two is one and one is none”
- When you have a rainy day, I have a chore for you. You should make a full inventory list of what you have in your house. Not exhaustive, I don’t mean you should count your Q-tips. But in an emergency, clear headed thinking might go right out the window. Organization might be the first casualty of your household. Having a list on hand of what you have around is very useful. Who knows what you have packed away in those boxes in the attic? I personally keep a list of everything worth more than $50 (great for insurance purposes) and a separate list of everything that is directly related to prepping.
you might know your hometown well, but make sure you have an actual map of your area. Even the surrounding area might be a good idea. How can knowledge of your immediate surroundings be a bad idea?
You have seen plenty of lists of things you should keep in your car. Let me add one that is less common on those same lists. Keep one pair of sturdy old shoes in your car. The right footwear for the task at hand is important.
Do you have a fireplace or at least an outdoor fire pit. How much wood do you keep on hand? chopping wood is good exercise and your supply of ready to burn wood can not be too big. Always ere on the side of too much firewood.
Lastly, Here is a great link to some real life survivor during a crisis stuff from someone during the war in Bosnia from 1992-1995.
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