10 Essential Items for New Preppers
10 Essential Items for New Preppers
By Jeffrey Howie
Ask nearly anyone what preparations they have made for some kind of disaster in the future, and chances are good that they will tell you about their insurance and other financial provisions. Unfortunately, what most can’t tell you is about the hard provisions they have on hand for making it through the very real shortages and other issues related to a disaster, whether natural or manmade. New preppers seem to be the most vulnerable since not only do they not gather the needed provisions, but they often don’t know where to start when it comes time for them to do so. This article will provide a list of the 10 most important items that all preppers need to have. This list can be added to as needed, and it is basic, but it’s also a good start.
- Trauma kit. By trauma kit, we’re not talking about a tiny five-and-dime first aid kit. When a disaster strikes, you should be able to not only have the equipment for, but the training to use a full-blown trauma kit. This type of kit would include such items as an airway, bleeding control materials, splints, and anything else you might need to deal with medical issues until first responders can arrive on the scene. This medical kit should include an adequate supply of any medications that a family member might need.
- Water. Having several jugs of clean water on hand is always a good idea. How much you have is always dependent on how many people you are preparing for. A rule of thumb is to have one gallon per person, per day, for three days minimum. You should also have some method of water purification in case you run short. A filter can also be a good idea, but you might want to have extra parts on hand.
- Food. It’s easy to go overboard when you stock up on food, but it’s always a good idea to have too much than too little. There are also several ways to approach food storage. You can pick up dried foods, canned, or prepackaged foods such as MREs and similar types that take a minimum of preparation. You should keep the tastes of you and your family in mind as well as variety for everyone.
- Stove. In a disaster situation, don’t count on being able to find firewood, so a small cooking stove is a good idea. There are numerous stoves on the market that use propane canisters for their fuel. Don’t forget to have extra fuel canisters as well as lighters.
- Firearm. This item will cause a lot of controversy, but many preppers believe that if they are able to have some kind of weapon, they would want to. This depends, of course, on where you live and whether you are able to own one. A good all-around weapon is the 12-gauge shotgun, which is easy to use and doesn’t have a tendency to jam like other weapons. Let your conscience and the law be your guide on this one.
- Lighting. Lighting is also an item that should be dependent on who you would have with you in an emergency situation. If you might be by yourself, perhaps a small flashlight and a lantern would be adequate. On the other hand, if you might have a family with you, you should plan on having enough flashlights for everyone as well as some type of area lights. And don’t forget batteries for your lighting. Don’t rely on rechargeable lights since your power might go out and they will quickly become useless.
- Radio. A crank-powered radio is a good tool to have on hand to get information about what is going on in the outside world. Crank radios not only don’t require batteries to work, but many of them also have lights and even recharging outlets in them.
- Multi-tool. There are many versions on the market with a wide variety of components, but buy the best one you can afford. A good multi-tool is literally a toolbox in your pocket.
- Bedding. Whether you choose to have sleeping bags or plenty of blankets, you should have enough for everyone in your family. And make sure they are adequate to keep everyone warm, regardless of the conditions.
- Fire Extinguisher. This item should go without saying, but if you end up having a fire it’s a good thing to have on hand. It’s better to have one and not need it than to need one and not have it.
Depending on the situation and the users, these items will vary, but for basics, these are the 10 essential items for new preppers.
Jeffrey Howie is a hunter and survivalist with a fanatic interest in survival gears and wilderness survival techniques. He regularly publishes articles on his blog: http://www.survivalcrib.com. Survival Crib is the ultimate resource for anyone looking for survival tips and techniques. To learn more, visit Survival Crib (survivalcrib.com).
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