One of the most common questions I get asked is ‘I’m new to prepping. Where do I start?’
It is a reasonable question and I’ve tried to answer it in the get started here section of this site. However, people still find the whole thing daunting and just get stuck. Many flounder at that point and think it is too difficult.
It isn’t really. It just seems daunting as we think there is so much to be done. We see advice on storing food, water, tools as well as preparing a BOL as well as people looking at BOVs. Where do I start?
First of all relax. Remember something a wise old man said. ‘The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step’ – Lao Tzu (570 BC – 490 BC) The advice that you should deal with all of them is a bit daunting but true. Some of them do not require funds, some require work although to be honest the bulk of the preps do require funding. It’s a sad fact that we cannot get around so we need to do what everyone has to do and prioritise.
If you have plenty of cash then consider spending 25% of your spare cash on preparing as a minimum. If you have a very limited supply, consider spending it all, items rarely go down in price.
I always recommend starting with food and water. These are needed for every eventuality from an accidental power cut to an actual event. Build up over time, what you can spare. Buy some extra tins of what you like. Hide these preps away in a cupboard or under the bed.
Once you can see yourself through a few weeks consider others items you need. First Aid kits seem a good next item. Again they can cover a magnitude of issues. It is best you build up your supplies in a sensible way. Don’t buy two years worth of MREs and have no water. The priority for life, prepping wise, is water, food, shelter, health and then you can look at things to sustain your life such as tools, water purifiers, solar power systems.
Get into the habit of buying food when you can. I buy water, food and when I have added a few more weeks I then add some medical items, clothing and shelter items followed by some tools. Repeat until you are finished.
When you have spent your funds and are waiting your next wage packet built something from the web sites. Build some tools and things that you cannot really afford. Keep your money for food. Soon you will have a comfortable stash and you can consider branching out. Bigger items you may never use and perhaps the news about the Iranians bothers you. Perhaps you need to consider nuclear fallout. It may be unlikely where I live but you may live in Londonstan. You decide to buy some Iodine tablets and a Geiger counter.
Read the get started here section and don’t panic. Everything is daunting when you start.