Life happens! This is why prepping has become my choice. I choose to prep, not because of some crazy apocalyptic notion that the world will cease to exist as we have grown to know it. In actuality I choose to prep because I was not one of the people who ever thought about a future after retirement. I lived my life thinking that I could depend on social security, and I never set anything back for the day that I would retire. I choose to prep because we live in a world that sometimes reminds us that we are powerless against Mother Nature and her abilities. I choose to prep because life happens.
This picture shows the end result of our first shopping trip as Preppers. Enough for three months doesn’t look like much but it really is quite a bit. I have more water in my sights for the near future. We are also looking to add things like; flour, wheat, oats, more canning and to start freeze drying my food soon.
So what does a guy that just started prepping do to prepare? I started with bulk food items, water, hygiene products, medical supplies, and now a homestead. Buying bulk food really surprised me the most. I was expecting to spend in excess of a $1,000.00 for enough food to feed me, my fiancé, and her daughter for one month. What I expected was wrong!
After spending $400.00 at the local clubhouse chain, I decided to calculate our ability survive on the items we had purchased. Three months for three people, food, water, hygiene, and peace of mind. I’m sure it will get old eating rice and beans for that long, but doing without is not an option. Wow! 400 bucks, I wonder what thousands of dollars can do? Well I guess we will find out.
I then went a step further and started canning. It is amazing how you can extend your food stores with good food just by canning. There is a lot to be said about canning, and it is all good. It’s a bit of a process and there are steps to take that you really don’t want to skimp on. If done right, your food stores will benefit greatly from canning. We will speak more on this later. I feel a lot better now that I won’t have to eat beans and rice all the time!
In the tubs, we have, staples as well as hygiene products, something to start a fire, stuff to eat and drink, my canner and four boxes of jars. These are my stores I keep at the house. I am getting ready to put the beans and rice in containers that will maintain their longevity.
Okay, I have food and water stores started, but what happens if someone tries to take my stuff? I need to protect what is mine! We already have one hand gun in the house, but in my opinion, it’s not enough. So now we have to buy some firearms. I’m not going to tell you what handgun is better than another. What I will say is that comfort is key when you purchase a firearm; make sure it fits your needs and your hands. If you aren’t comfortable holding your weapon, it won’t be comfortable to shoot.
Having a gun offers a ton of satisfaction for protection, but I ask you all to PLEASE TAKE A GUN SAFETY COURSE. I don’t mean to be the guy that preaches at anyone but Preppers, for the most part, prepare for the worst, and pray for the best. But what if the worst was to happen and there was not a medical facility close or one even available? Keeping yourself safe in the first place will greatly decrease the odds of needing any medical treatment . I can’t say it enough, PLEASE TAKE A GUN SAFETY COURSE.
I took another gun safety course with my fiancé (she has never had one) and I was shocked at how complacent I have become with the handling of my firearms. A refresher is always a good idea. You can never be too safe. Our instructor pointed something out that I had never thought of; if you shoot a lot, you can compare it to driving. We are so used to driving our own way that sometimes we forget to use our blinkers or we might float through a stop sign. For me this course was to keep me in check. There is no slack to be had when it comes to handling a firearm. I re-learned a lot of stuff I already knew, but had become complacent. Not a good combination.
Food, water, protection – looks like all my bases are covered, right? Hardly!
What’s a BOL? Why do I need one? After a little bit of searching on the internet, and amazement at what some people have done with what they had, I was in awe. Hold the phones, call the mayor, and slap me stupid. I NEED A BOL! Hell I thought prepping was going to be a breeze, go to the store and just buy stuff. Turns out, it’s not that simple. Effort is what this is, but why do I like it so much? Well, I see it like this: Peace of mind.
I have mentioned BOL’s a time or two, but that’s really not what I am going to do. Homesteading is my goal! What’s the difference? If I understand this right, a Bug Out Location is a place (of your choosing) that offers a higher sense of sustainability, survival, and security than your current place or residence. So if your house became non-livable for whatever reason, you would have a “plan B”.
Homesteading is what we do when we make our residence of choice a place that produces our food, offers plenty of water, (in my case) my own energy source, and is safe off the beaten path away from a large portion of humanity. This is not the rule of thumb; it’s just what works best for me. Many happy preppers have made their urban home a place of homesteading happiness. Like myself, they garden and use alternative methods to sustain life in case of a situation that is not foreseen, i.e. weather, earthquake, etc.
This is going to be my home. This is what homesteading is. It has been a huge undertaking and I haven’t even put a shovel to dirt yet.
I hope to share my journey into homesteading and learning to be a prepper. From going to the bulk stores and things that I find to be helpful all the way to the time I turn the key in my front door for the first time.
I urge you all to use the links and resources section that the APN offers. I found a lot of information on here! The FREE E-Books are great too, especially for a new Prepper like me!