A Non-Threatening Way to Get Them to Prep

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One of the most common questions from readers is how to get their loved ones to prep.  Sometimes, you’ll find out by accident as I did while we were watching The Walking Dead; other times, you can approach the subject but no one wants to listen.

If you want to take matters into your own hands, how about giving a prepper themed basket for the next special occasion?  Everyone enjoys receiving baskets and getting to know the contents is part of the fun.

To save money, purchase baskets at Goodwill or thrift stores – they have a huge selection.  Build each basket around a specific theme.  Some examples:

Power Outage Basket

Include matches, flashlights, batteries, small lamp or lantern, solar charger, battery or crank radio, simple board game such as UNO card game or playing cards

Winter Storm Basket

Include similar items as the Power Outage Basket, but add microfiber blankets, instant hot soup mixes, hot chocolate and marshmallows.

All-Purpose Emergency Basket

Include some basic emergency supplies such as: food bars, water bottles, chlorine tablets with instructions on how to use them, Swiss Army knife, matches and/or Bic lighters, flashlights, mini first aid kit, etc.

Multi-Use Emergency Items Basket

Include items that have multiple emergency uses such as multi-tool, plain bleach, baking soda, vinegar, salt, witch hazel, duct tape etc.  Include a list of uses for each item.

Don’t forget to include basic emergency instructions, such as free PDF files.

Your recipient may not have thought about emergency preparedness, but your gift would accomplish a couple of goals:

  • Good conversation starter to get them to at least consider being prepared
  • If they do nothing else, you would know that you gave them something that will help them in the next emergency





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  1. Thank you for this!!!! I especially liked the power outage and winter storm baskets. What a wonderful way to help people have supplies on hand without pushing an agenda.

    I have another basket idea for you. For any friends that enjoy camping, there are probably a few items that they don’t have that would be excellent for an emergency kit: a camp shower (while the water isn’t potable – without treatment – it could be used for sanitary needs), an emergency fire starter (who doesn’t like playing mad scientist with a camp fire?!?!?), a portable fan and batteries (for those of us who summer camp), and some freeze dried food.

  2. Great ideas and just in time for the Holidays. I’ve done this sort of thing in the past and this year I’m giving my parents a lot of home security items after a recent burglary.

    1. Thanks KoryN. Sorry to hear your parents got burglarize, that must’ve been very disturbing. So far the emergency items I’ve give out have been well received. Thanks for the comment!

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