As part of preparing, both physically and mentally, we need to test out our plans to ensure that they work and are right for us as individuals. To this end we are proposing a series of tests that will help you in your preparations. Obviously, they are not compulsory nor are they in any way full tests, but if it is at all possible for you to do them then you should benefit even if it is just peace of mind.
I am of the belief that mindset is more important than anything else. However every useful item you have in your equipment and stores improves your chances considerable. The key word there is useful and you only really discover what are actually the useful items when you are in the situation using them. We want to know before we get there so we have to test it by living it to check. We will not assume we will verify and confirm. Everything.