Prepping is something many people from all around the world are getting involved in. More and more people can “see the writing on the wall” so to speak and know that our world is not headed down a good path. We know things are not good and things are likely to get worse—much worse. People are preparing for the worst and stockpiling supplies that will carry them through hard times with the hope that things will get better, but with a backup plan to continue to survive if it doesn’t.
With so many people prepping, there is a ton of information available about how to prep and what you should do. With that information overload, there are a lot of mistakes that can be made by new and even seasoned preppers.
These are 12 common prepper mistakes you want to avoid making.
1. Stockpiling 12 cases of canned chili and little else. You can develop something known as food fatigue. If you eat the same thing day in and day out, you can end up suffering from severe diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps. You have to diversify your food. You need foods from all of the food groups in order to be healthy.
2. Stockpiling 12 cases of canned spinach even though you don’t like it and the kids hate it is a major mistake. Assuming you will eat it if you have to is dangerous. Don’t stock food that you and family don’t like today. Your taste preferences are not going to change because you are in a survival situation.
3. Focusing all of your preps with the intention of surviving one disaster in particular leaves you exposed to the other potential disasters that are just as likely to befall you. Make universal preps that can be applied to every scenario with some special extras like gas masks for a chemical attack and precautions for living through a pandemic.
4. Stocking up on a bunch of gear and never using it. You can have the best gear in the world, but if you don’t ever take it out of the package and actually use it, you are going to be in serious trouble when it comes time for you to use it to survive.
5. Focusing your efforts on a particular area, like stockpiling food, and pushing things like clean water and fire making supplies to the back burner. A good prepper needs to be well-rounded and have an equal amount of preps in an all areas.
6. Becoming obsessed with prepping and letting all that life today has to offer slip by. Getting so caught up in prepping and focusing on every negative thing that happens in the world and assuming it is just one more thing leading to the end of the world as we know it, is a bleak existence. Balance your life today with prepping. Cherish the moments you have with your family and enjoy all the little things like going to the park, eating dinner at a restaurant and seeing a movie now and again. When these things are gone, you will wish you had taken the time to enjoy them while there were around.
7. Getting complacent and assuming you have enough preps is another common mistake. When you think you have enough, add more. You can never have too much food, water and other basic supplies. Don’t assume that because you have enough food to last you three months, you can relax and just wait for SHTF to happen. Aim for six months and from there, aim for twelve months.
8. Getting caught up in the material stuff and not doing any actual training. You need to take some first aid classes. If possible, spend a weekend at an outdoor school and get some hands on experience building fires with primitive methods and putting up a shelter without any tools. Knowledge is more valuable than all the gadgets in the world.
9. Not planning for life after SHTF is dangerous. Sure, you have enough food and water to keep you going for months, but what if it takes years to restore the world? You have to be prepared to live in the new world, post-disaster. You need to learn how to garden, sew, preserve food and hunt in order to thrive after a major disaster.
10. Keeping your preps a complete secret and not involving others is not a good idea. No, you don’t need to advertise it to every person you pass on the street, but you do want to create a network of like-minded people that you can rely on in a SHTF scenario. A group of people with a variety of skills will fare better than a single guy roaming the wilderness.
11. Don’t make the mistake of spending all of your available money for prepping on building up an arsenal that would make the military jealous. You cannot eat ammunition and it isn’t going to get you any water. Balance your ammunition and weapons supply with other items that are necessary for survival.
12. When you start something new, it is exciting and you will probably spend a lot of time, energy and even money working at it. Don’t get so caught up in prepping that you end up burning yourself out on it a few months after you have started. Slow and steady is the key to staying motivated and getting the things you need to survive a disaster. Maxing out credit cards and working on your preps every single weekend all summer long is going to make you hate prepping.
There are plenty of other mistakes that can be made. If you realize you have made one of these mistakes, it isn’t the end of the world. Fix the problem and move on. It is all about learning from those mistakes and making an effort not to repeat them.