January 26, 2020

How Do You Get Started with Prepping?

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I am starting to see more people becoming concerned about preparing.  Within the last month or so, I have been seeing more visits resulting from readers looking for information on prepping or becoming more self sufficient while living in an apartment.  I am glad more of us are starting to prepare.  One of the most frequently asked questions is how does someone get started.

I don’t claim to be an expert on the absolute best way, but I can speak to what I did myself.  First thing to do would be to first assess your situation.  It would not make any sense to jump into something without first determining where you are and what you have.

  • What do you have as far as water and food right now?  How many days of food and water can your family count on, based on what you have in your pantry?  One day?  Two days? Don’t feel bad if you don’t have much.  If you know what you have, you have a place to start.
  • Have you discussed this idea with your spouse or partner?  Are they “on-board” with the idea?  Ideally, both partners would be supportive of the plan.  If not, there is some honest discussion to be done.
  • What kind of storage space do you have available to you?  Take a weekend to get reorganized and de-clutter your space.  See my earlier post Finding Room for Supplies http://apartmentprepper.com/?p=63
  • Evaluate your finances.  Even an extra $5 a week would help you get started.  See Coming Up with Cash for Preps http://apartmentprepper.com/?p=39 for a few ideas.

In the upcoming weeks, I will continue writing about “getting started” perhaps get into more detail, depending on the interest and comments generated.

2 Comments on How Do You Get Started with Prepping?

  1. I’d like to add some tips about food storage. While I believe in the value of long-term food storage (mylar bags, etc), it may not be for everybody.

    As such, I recommend that for starting up a food supply, that people buy canned goods – stuff they normally eat – and cycle through, with the items w/ the farthest-away expiration date in the back of the shelf.

    As for water – definitely buy in bulk. Bottled water.

  2. Our family is taking the necessary steps to ensure that we will have enough food and so should you. Stop going to the movies and wasting money on expensive stuff you DON’T NEED. Do your kids really need a new cell phone this year? Do you need all those premium channels on TV? Make some cuts and spend the money on food storage, before prices go up. We get everything from shelfreliancesanantonio.com – the food costs less than other companies and it tastes great. Don’t know what you need? They even have a food planner to help you get started. Don’t wait another day!

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