Although preparedness is a complex topic with a huge number of aspects, there are some taboo things preppers don’t want to think about. Whether it’s because they’re frightening, sad or boring, they need to be addressed if you want to maximize your chances of survival.
This is obviously the worst-case scenario, and I know it’s not a pleasant one but you have to think about this. Prepping doesn’t make you immune, we’re fragile human beings and anything can happen.
It’s best to not only think about this unfortunate scenario but also make arrangements so your family can move on without you.
You’re probably saying to yourself: ok, I’ve already thought about this. But have you really?
Have you thought how you’ll continue to bug out or homestead if, say, you lost a leg? Or if you developed a cavity that would give you permanent pain, so you wouldn’t be able to focus?
There’re so many things that can affect the human body that it would take a lifetime to prep for all… but the least you can do is do it for the most important ones.
#3. Survival Scenarios and Drills
Everyone’s chasing tools, gear and building a stockpile (because it’s easy), but how many are actually thinking about how the things will actually go down? Things like how and when the disaster will strike, where you and your family will be, how you’ll react, whether you’ll bug in or out and much, much more.
You should not only think about these scenarios but also practice them with your family. That way you’ll know how quick you are to flee and train your mind to avoid tunnel vision or, even worse, to freeze in face of impending danger.
#4. The Present Moment
Well, it’s obvious SHTF events are all around us, people die of unnatural causes every day, but what happens with many preppers is they stop enjoying life. They live in a mixture of fear and uncertainty, and I don’t think that’s the best way to prep.
If prepping does not make you feel safer, you’re doing it wrong, so stop living in fear and enjoy life more.
If you live in a tiny apartment in a large city, tough luck: you have to think about moving. You’re not safe there and, although you can prep up to a point, you’re going to be trapped in there with limited food and water supplies.
You can probably get something cheaper in the suburbs. I realize this might mean it’ll take longer to get to work, but
#6. Other People
Since a total collapse or a crisis will affect not only you but everyone else, it’s likely that they will ask you for help, maybe even employ deception strategies in order to persuade you.
Whether or not people asking you for help will be trustworthy, you should prepare for both these situations. What will you do, will you share some of your supplies, or will you be too afraid that this will expose you or that it’s a trap?
I remember one prepper went as far as having additional bags of supplies to give away to people in need. Are you willing to go this far?
Ok, maybe I shouldn’t have left it last, but water is not something many preppers think about, not as much as they should, anyway. Water is more important than food, because clean water is hard to come by in many emergencies.
You can live longer without food, but without water, your body will start to break down in a matter of days. Some of the things to ensure you can quench your thirst post-collapse include:
- having personal water filters in strategic places (your bug out bag, get home bag, your car etc.)
- setting up systems to collect rainwater
- knowing ways to get water in the wilderness such as collecting dew or covering tree leaves with plastic bags to collect perspiration
- having a water stockpile (of course)
- digging a well on your property
- setting up a simple distillation system to purify water
- …and more.