The Practical Prepper: Not Prepping For SHTF

In previous posts,  I have wrote about the frugal prepper.  Obtaining prepping supplies does not have to cost a fortune.  In this post I would like to talk about the practical prepper.  The practical prepper doesn’t really know whether he believes in a SHTF scenario.  But he does know that disasters are possible and probable.  Not protecting himself or his family in case of natural disasters or a man made disaster would be impractical.  It would be like an ostrich hiding its head in the sand hoping nothing bad would ever happen. The practical prepper prepares based upon this belief.

Emergency Food

How much emergency food should you have?  The practical prepper knows that at bare minimum he should have  a 72 hour supply.  A week or even a month gives extra security in case there are problems in restoring things back to normalcy.  You can buy food bars or freeze dried packaged meals.

The freeze dried packaged meals are nice because you just add hot water and in a few minutes you have a hot meal.  Freeze dried meals can also be stored for up to 25 years!  Emergency food bars can be stored for up to 5 years.  A week of freeze dried meals or even a month will not break the bank either!  Click on the pics to see how reasonable a weeks or months supply of freeze dried meals can be.


prepping suppliesEmergency Water

What form of emergency water should I have?  If you are preparing for 3-7 days,  bottled water will probably be sufficient. You should also consider individual pouch water.  It lasts for up to 5 years in storage.  It comes in 4 ounce packages.


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If you are planning for a month or longer, other alternatives are more practical. Especially if you may think that obtaining fresh, uncontaminated water might be a problem after the disaster.  Consider that you might have to travel to another location to get drinkable water as well.   In this case water bottles with built in filters or a life straw will be more practical. Life straws will make almost any fresh water source drinkable. It claims it will filter out 99.99% of the waters’ contaminates.





We’re all use to the convenience of debit and credit cards. However, if the power is out, ATMs are useless. You’ll need cash in small denominations if you need to purchase additional survival supplies.




Solar Cell Phone Charger

Cell phone batteries never seem to last long, and if you’re without the ability to charge yours, you may be off the grid even if cell phone service is operable. The peace of mind and security knowing that your cell phone is charged will definitely make this item worth packing.




First Aid Kit

If you are unable to go to the store to get supplies or to a hospital, you need a good first aid kit.  You may be the first or only responder in a disaster.  A well stocked kit will enable you to treat minor injuries before they turn into problems requiring professional medical attention.




A Multi-tool

A multi-tool integrates into one tool the abilities of many.  It usually includes: scissors, screwdrivers, a knife, a can opener, tweezers, pliers, and other helpful items.





Like a multi-tool, paracord is an extremely undervalued survival tool.  It can be used for many tasks. It can be used as a fishing line, a tourniquet, clothesline, and even to tie together a shelter you have made.


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Be Able to Make Fire

Electricity will be one of the first things to go out in a disaster.  A generator will keep things going for a while, but you need gas and that will eventually run out.  Kerosene lamps, candles, flashlights, and light sticks, will only last a short period of time as well.  So a fire is the best alternative to be able to heat, light, cook, and boil water for indefinite periods of time.  You can store lighters, waterproof matches, firestarter, or magnesium fire sticks to start a fire.  You could also invest some time in learning other ways to start fires.




This is not a comprehensive list of items you can put into your own bug out bag.  Refer to my other posts if you would like to know more.  This would be, in my opinion, the  bare minimum of what to have when disaster strikes.

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