Things have been pretty quiet lately regarding doomsday or potential SHTF events. With the election looming mainstream coverage seems to be down-playing Armageddon. Is it time to rest and relax on the preps?
I prefer a slow and steady, almost methodical, approach to prepping. In other words, good or bad news, I steadily prep. This is advantageous because:
- It allows you to use monthly budgeted amounts for prepping as opposed to large cash outlays (which our spouses may or may not like);
- It allows you to make a long-term plan for your needed preps based on your current situation and then accumulate them in an organized manner as opposed to haphazard purchases;
- You don’t get caught up in panic buying when prices spike thanks to the latest headlines;
- You should be ready (or close) when a sudden SHTF event occurs (earthquake, tsunami, terrorist attack, etc.) and
- It helps you automatically rotate stock or acquire fresh stock so you don’t have expired or soured preps.
Some standard set and forget preps are found below. All of the items listed below are also EXCELLENT barter items. I like www.amazon.com and their subscription services for these:
- Bandages. So critical. Try having a small cut on your hand and working the day without one. Your healing time increases exponentially.
- Antibiotic Ointment. When used in conjunction with bandages, you reduce your risk for infection and cut healing times down.
- Peanut Butter. Excellent source of calories and protein. Also very portable. Kids and adults love it the same. This is a great deal btw.
- Water Bottles. No real need to elaborate on this. Portable and potable water may be gold when SHTF. (sorry, no subscription for this one)
- Beef Jerky. Long shelf life, portable and another great source of protein.
- Toothbrushes. With no dentists around, dental care via preventive measures is key.
- Pain Relief – Ibuprofen. I like the generics since they are way cheaper but some people just love the sugary coating on Advil. Don’t forget Children’s Pain Relief too!
- Freeze Dried Food Stores. Food will be the currency. You can NEVER have too much.
- Batteries. You can’t have too many of these. I have been using the amazon.com brand for a while now and like them based on their price. Of course, if you are real prepper pro you get eneloops.
This list is not exhaustive but a good start.
PREP NOW – PREP HARD – PREP CONSISTENT