New to stockpiling preps? Never fear – this blog will help get you on the right foot.
In this day and age, none of us can predict what emergencies are going to happen. Unfortunately, we have an idea what we’re up against. Considering that the planet is in a state of consistent natural disasters and the nation is facing threats of an all-out nuclear war, there’s arguably never been a better time to start preparing for disaster.
However, it can be tough to know how to get started once you’ve made the decision to start prepping. And, with so much going on in our daily lives (school, work, kids, sports, etc.) it can be equally tough to find the time to adequately prepare.
Luckily, prepping doesn’t have to be extremely frustrating. In fact, if you cover the basics (and play it smart) you can get a leg-up on most any emergency situation in an hour or less (and one trip to Walmart).
It’s important to get ready for what’s up ahead so you can handle it effectively. That’s why it’s a great idea to stock up on these…
10 Urgent Preps You Can Do In 1 Hour Or Less
They say that man can only last about 3 days without water – and you’ll be hardly functioning near the end of that. That’s why it’s crucial to stock up on emergency water now.
When preparing, you’ll want to set aside enough water for about two weeks. Make sure to stock up enough for each member of the family to have some – this often equates to about a gallon a day for each person.
Food is obviously another crucial prepping item you’ll need to survive. But some foods are a heck of a lot better than others.
One no-brainer food that’s excellent for survival is rice. Not only does it contain healthy vitamins and minerals, but it’s also chock-full of carbohydrates, which will help keep you full as you move. Plus, it’s dirt-cheap and has a super long shelf-life, so long as you store it in an airtight container.
Remember that white rice lasts longer, so this is often your best option.
Salt isn’t a hard find in America – and it’s actually really beneficial in survival situations. Not only does this natural substance preserve foods, but it can also help heal wounds. Plus, a big selling point of salt is that it can naturally repel annoying ants and bugs.
However, one of the best uses for salt is as a bartering item. Since salt is the perfect seasoning for nearly every food – and because it has a ridiculously long shelf life – most people will be longing for its addicting flavor when SHTF.
There’s no doubt about it – you’re going to need adequate vitamins and minerals in an emergency situation. That’s because, not only will your body need this to function properly, but these vitamin supplements can also do wonders to help your body restore its low stores. After all, with all the cans and packages of freeze-dried survival food we’ll be consuming, practically nobody is going to have a stellar diet.
Buy a couple big bottles of multi-vitamin supplements, and store them in your bug out bag.
Seeds are an incredible, sustainable food source once SHTF. Let’s face it – eventually, our stockpiles of canned and freeze-dried food are going to run out. And when that happens, we’re going to need a way to grow our own food.
If you don’t already have a survival garden, now is the perfect time to start one. Depending on the conditions of your camp, you can also start one on your bug out site if you plan on staying for a while.
Make sure to get a few different types of fruit and vegetable seeds so you have nutritional variety in a crisis.
Fire is essential in an emergency situation – after all, you’re going to be using this to stay warm, cook survival food, and to see at night. For these reasons, you simply can’t afford to bring just one fire starter with you. It’s smart to bring several fire starters (such as ferro rods, magnesium fire starters, and lighters) to depend on, as well as a variety of types of tinder that can light in nearly any condition.
When SHTF, you’re going to need to gain as much information as possible about what’s going on in the outside world. With a survival radio, you’ll not only get news radio stations, but you’ll also often get weather updates – which can be crucial when you’re bugging out.
No matter which survival radio you get, make sure it’s able to work without electricity (such as a hand-crank or solar-power radio). These will ensure you get 24/7 coverage without running out of batteries.
Now is this ALL the survival gear you could ever need? No – however, it’s a good starting point. Grab these go-to items, and you’re sure to be better off than you were before!