One of the issues that any new prepper faces is that many posts or instructions supported by so many have totally conflicting information in them. It is confusing for many experienced preppers as well but they have some experience to call on.
The reason for this is that each of our situations is unique. No preppers are the same situation as any others, location, funds, age, family ties, life experience make so many variables that what suits one person will not be suitable for another.
So when someone suggests a purchase, a course of action or a possible way forward you must always consider how that will apply to yourself and your situation. Ironically, it is possible that your situation demands that you do the opposite. It is a bit of a pickle for those who are starting to look at prepping.
The way to handle it though is not to panic. Consider the advantages that the method gives and then evaluate if you would get those benefits in your personal situation. Consider what could happen with each method in your situation. Consider what is in the scenario that the poster is not aware of. What if their suggestion is not going to be viable after TSHTF even for themselves. You never know.
So lets have a very simple example. We recommend having 6L per day per person. Storing enough water to keep your head down takes up space and adds stress to your home with the weight. Live out in the country near a stream and you don’t need to do that at all. You could store water outside or rely on the stream. Of course that is an easy one and easily worked out.
But you must do that with everything you are considering for your preps. Consider your unique situation and adapt or reject the suggestion. Reevaluate if your situation changes and reconsider suggestions rejected.
Adaptation is what will keep us alive. It allows us to take suggestions for one thing and adapt them for a different purpose.
Taking things as gospel and not evaluating them for your own unique use will, at the minimum, waste your money and at worst kill you.
For those just starting or those that are just unsure, while you build up this knowledge just watch, ask questions, use the forum and don’t rush into any major purchases. Stick to the basics like foodstuffs, buy stuff you eat now, and basic medical items which will enable you to get started and on the right path whilst you unravel your requirements for the extras, the non basics.