There are few things that we in society do that could be considered universal.
Many of the activities, hobbies, or roles that we play are dictated by a lot of preconditions or rules.
However, becoming a prepper is one of the few activities that can be considered something that anyone can get in on.
Though it takes time, effort, and dedication, that’s really all there is to it.
Sure, money helps, but it isn’t that necessary in the grand scheme of things and people who have become preppers come from all walks of life, as it is one of the rewarding things that you may ever do.
So, how do you become a prepper? And what do you need to do? In this article, we will answer these questions and give you advice on how to pursue your new prepping lifestyle.
What Is A Prepper?
A prepper is a name that comes from the word ‘prepared’ and it describes a person in the modern day, who is proactively preparing for short-term emergencies – such as natural and man-made disasters –, long-term emergencies – such as a poor governmental response to disasters, war, famine, or drought –, and disruptions or breakdowns of societal, political, and economic systems.
Due to the broad nature of the term, many people are what we would consider preppers to some degree. If you have an emergency plan for hurricanes, floods, wildfires, or other natural disasters, then you are at some level a prepper, though not to the level of other people.
The main qualities that define all preppers are their reduction of dependence on integrated infrastructure or the creation of their own infrastructure for the situations they think they will face, and the storing or stockpiling of certain supplies and equipment for these situations.
These may seem extreme, but again it really isn’t that extreme.
If you have an emergency kit in case of disaster with some food, water and cash in that is prepping to some degree or even just getting your own walkie-talkies to operate in a storm when the power goes out.
While it is not to the same level as a lot of preppers, the idea is still there.
Preppers will also normally learn some survival or construction skills to survive in these situations as well.
These can be things like building a shelter, filtering water, wild vegetable and fruit knowledge, or even hunting game.
Becoming A Prepper
So, you have seen what a prepper is, and you want to become one. The problem is getting started, it can seem pretty daunting at first – especially because we rely on society for so much – and it may even seem like an impossible challenge.
However, that doesn’t mean you should give up. What you need to do now is to break down what a prepper needs to survive the situation they are in.
By breaking it down, you can manage each section at a time, making it easier for yourself going forward. Let’s look at each thing you need to do:
Decide On What Kind Of Prepper You Are Going To Be
There is so much information on being a prepper out there, and a lot of it can contradict each other.
This isn’t because the information is wrong, but because prepper is such a broad term, it encompasses different types of prepper that are preparing for different situations.
As such, while some of the information is great in certain scenarios, it is not good in others.
Therefore, you should think about what kind of situation you are preparing for. This will help you decide what kind of prepper you will become and what information you should pay attention to.
For example, if you are a bushcraft prepper, you may want information on how to read the land and find resources from it, more than you would want to know what to do during a hurricane, like a natural disaster prepper would.
Supplies And sundries
Now you know what you are preparing for, you can put together supplies and sundries.
These are mainly going to involve non-perishable food, a supply of fresh water for however long you need, and some clothes.
Each of these need to last you for a few days minimum, and often people will stockpile these to last longer.
If you are planning to be gone for a long time from society, try to make these last for up to a year, but we understand that not many people have the space for that.
Also, for longer lengths of time, it is worth learning how to gather food and how to purify water, beyond tablets, using natural methods.
Bug Out Bags And Locations
Next, put together a bug out bag. These are normally large rucksacks or Duffel bags that are pre-packed with everything you need to survive on your own and can be transported quickly should the need arise for it.
You will need to decide what you need when the time comes, but make sure it can last you for however long you need.
Learn Survival Skills And First Aid
If you are going to survive whatever situation you foresee, you are going to need some survival skills.
Learning how to set traps and read the landscape will aid you no matter the situation.
First aid skills are also important. In the wild, a small cut can become infected quickly, and you will need to know how to deal with it, should the situation arise.
Have An Evacuation Plan Ready
All of this is meaningless if you have no plan to deal with the emergency you foresee in the future.
As such, you should draw up an evacuation plan to leave your home before anything happens.
These are the very basic steps it takes to become a prepper and, as you can see, it is not as hard as people think it is.
All you need is some determination and to break down the steps on how to get to the point where you are prepared for anything.