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What is Prepping?

To put it simply, prepping is basically the same thing as survivalism.  The practices and concepts are similar for both, but the connotation is more of a philosophical one where the “Preppers” are slightly less radical or extreme than the big bad “Survivalists” who have bunkers in the woods stocked with years worth of supplies and enough lead to take down a small army.  Preppers are more likely to be your average, everyday folk who work day jobs ans go to church on Sundays.  But behind closed doors they have a stockpile of supplies in the basement and a safe full of firearms just in case.

Since Prepping and Survivalism are so closely related we will use the terms interchangeably in this article and you can use the above criteria to decide which category you fall under.  Enjoy!

What is Survivalism?

Survivalism the process and practice of becoming prepared for unforeseen circumstances to ensure your survival. To be a “Survivalist” is a way of life that helps navigate you through all those horrible things you never want to happen (natural disasters, war, pandemic, economy, crime). Find out more about the philosophies of survivalism here: What is a Survivalist?

How do I become a Survivalist?

This step-by-step guide will get you started on your way to understanding what being a Survivalist is really all about.

1. Educate Yourself

Having a comprehensive library of survival resources is the most crucial step in becoming self sufficient. Most significant disasters will result in loss of some, if not all traditional power and heat resources. Most of us our used to being able to walk over to our computer and Google whatever question we may have at the time. Google will likely not be an option in the event of a major catastrophe, so your survival library might very well be your lifeline in a survival situation.

Check out our Survival Library for links and recommendations.

A good book to start with is Making the Best of Basics 11th Edition. If you can only afford to buy one book for your survival library – this should be it! This book has been a staple among Preppers everywhere for years.

2. Get Your Provisions

Having a sufficient food and water supply(among many other things) is a very important element of survival, not only for emergencies, but also to protect against job loss, injury or illness.

Use the Ultimate Food Storage Calculator to determine the proper amounts of food and water storage for your family.

Be sure you have a bare minimum of 3 months worth of long-term food storage on hand for your family.

3. Survival Gear

Beyond just food and water, you also need to make sure you have all the other survival gear on hand you might need in a crisis situation.

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4. Share the Love!

Now that you’ve become a Survivalist it’s your responsibility to share your knowledge with your fellow man. Not only will this help the people you choose to share with in their own lives, but it will also have a cumulative effect on the community around you. The more people we have around us that are prepared themselves, the less burden we will have to carry when times get rough. By helping others prepare, we are also helping ourselves in the long run.

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