I was looking through some prepping websites this week and I keep seeing a reoccurring theme. Many people/websites are leaning away to prepping after doing it for a couple years. These people stop prepping when they think that there will never be a shtf situation or that they think they will never be able to use their emergency kit. They think that they are wasting their time and should not waste any more money on gear or time wasted on survival blogs. The issue with this thinking is that prepping doesn’t mean that someone is preparing for the end of the world and only that. Prepping can be used to describe anyone is who preparing for an emergency, wether it be something severe such as an EMP, or something not as severe, such as a house fire or a bad snowstorm. Prepping can be for any event and an emergency kit will most likely be used in a smaller scale situation. In the event of a small emergency, having a plan or an emergency kit could save your life. It may be an event that only effects a town and may not seem severe, but for the people effected, it is an end of the world situation. In other words, don’t be a prepper for the end of the world, be a prepper for any emergency to keep your family safe. Although an end of the world situation could happen, and an emergency kit would for sure be useful then, more often than not, smaller emergencies are much more common. Here are basic items to keep on yourself, in your car, or in your home for a basic emergency:
- first aid kit
- duct tape
- emergency blanket
Although these things may not be be all you need to survive, they are important for a basic emergency situation. Just having something will help, no matter how severe the emergency. I write this list to keep reminding people about the basics and simplicity of prepping. It doesn’t have to be expensive and complex to be life saving in an emergency kit, often, the basic items are the most useful. And the last and most important part of this post has to do with access to your emergency supplies. I often see emergency supplies that are in complex multiple bags or are spread all throughout the house and are hard to get to. Your emergency kit should be in a bag that is close to the door or car, and should all be in one spot. In most emergency situations you wont get a lot of time to prepare so having access is key.