October 14, 2017

What We Prepped in December

With Christmas over and the New Year almost upon us, I was trying to think if I got any prepping activities done this month.  I have been busy with work, and, like everyone else, shopping for gifts, getting ready for Christmas, but that is no excuse to slack off.  So I was trying to think what did I get done, and I realized that I did most of my prepping activities earlier this month:

  • Took advantage of grocery sales and bought extra canned vegetables and fruit
  • Bought extra dehydrated potatoes that were also on sale
  • Added a large First Aid kit for the car
  • Also added jackets and sweaters for the trunk of the car
  • Picked up refills on antibiotics that were prescribed this past year before the prescriptions expire, and added them to the emergency stash.
  • Gave and received survival themed gifts.  I plan to post a review of a couple of the items that I received, so stay tuned for that.

5 Comments on What We Prepped in December

  1. I really didnt get a whole done either.I too took advantage of a few sales on veggies and such.I didnt get a prepper type gift but I got some nice things.Planning on making up for lack of productivity in January.

  2. Since my husband and I started late , we just started in November, we have been going crazy prepping and I am pleased how far we are considering. We diversified majorly, meaning that we have hit everything, first aid, water, food, shelter, fire, silver, ammo, even our pets. We opted out on Christmas since we really do not have the money anyway instead we bought our son Silver (he is into minerals and gold anyway) and ammo and we have educated him on the future mindset and from a investment point of view. I bought my parents a water bob for their home as they are preppers and are starting out too. The economy and state of this nation has really put all of this into perspective for me and what’s really important for my family and future. No gift or toy can be worth more than being prepared and self reliant in times like these.

    • I am impressed at your effort and resolve to prepare, even opting out of the Christmas spending considering the pressure around us to spend spend spend on useless stuff at Christmas. That is a great start. The feeling of security you get from having food and supplies stored is worth more than shortlived gifts or toys. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Apartment Prepper,

    I don’t know how cold it gets in your city, but since you mentioned having extra jackets and getting wool clothing, it must get quite cold. As such, I’d like to recommend hand warmers – they cost less than $1.50 a unit and can be found in army surplus stores as well as Wal-Mart and even some supermarkets. I have a few at home and some in my trunk; I tried one out just to see how well they work and was pleased – they get quite hot and they last hours. They would probably be very useful for children and the elderly as they are more vulnerable to colder weather. I’m also going to follow your lead and have 1 jacket and 1 hooded sweatshirt in my trunk (I live alone; however, I rarely if ever underdress during winter, so if anybody were with me and happened to have worn less than sufficient clothing, they’d be covered) as well as 1 pair of inexpensive gloves. Some bottled water as well.

    Do you have a flashlight in your car? I don’t, but I decided to get one – I have a new flashlight AND a headlight at home. Matches too, for both the car and the home.

    Two things I wanna share here…

    1. In autumn, I went hiking and later had a BBQ at a park. Neither situation was a “survival” scenario, but in both cases, some folks did not prepare. I brought an extra jacket and sweatshirt just in case, and both were worn by two different people. The exact same thing happened during the BBQ, right before November – again, two people did not dress warm enough. It’s amazing – some adults don’t come prepared.
    2. The eastern seaboard of the USA was hit with a huge snowstorm on Dec 26 as you know. I and somebody who was visiting me for a few days were safely indoors by the time the snow arrived, and my car was safely in the garage. We did not go out again until Dec 28. Fortunately, we experienced no power outages, and I have plenty of clothes, blankets, and heaters.

    However, a relative who lives in the area (and who was likewise safe at home w/ plenty of supplies) emailed me, saying he hoped I had supplies. I chuckled – I actually needed to replenish my supplies, but for the duration of the storm, I had more than plenty (water, for example, was easily reachable as I store it in my garage).

    Granted, things would’ve been far more unpleasant had I lost electricity. But it was indeed helpful to have had food and water stored at home. Even if it had snowed non-stop for 3 or 4 days, I would’ve had everything I needed.

    Prepping – just do it! 🙂

    • I keep the jackets in the trunk because of the unpredictable weather, it does not get as cold as out where you are, but it changes in a matter of hours. You can go into work feeling warm and dressed for heat, and by lunchtime the temp can change to very cold. Those recent experiences of yours just goes to show you never know when those supplies could come in handy, even in “normal” times. And you can see that adults who should know better don’t always come prepared!

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