Avoid These Five Common Prepping Mistakes
By Lee Bellinger
We’ve never been in such a dangerous position.
Our economy remains vulnerable, especially to globally instability, and there’s plenty of that to go around these days.
Our infrastructure – especially our power grid – is in sorry shape. A single natural disaster or terrorist attack could shut power down for weeks or even months.
Our food supply system is just a single disruption away from disaster.
The world is on the cusp of a medical crisis because of the growing failure of antibiotics.
And social unrest is rampant.
If there’s ever been a time to prepare for the unexpected, the time is now. But too often, I see my fellow preppers make common mistakes that could really hurt them in the event of a large-scale, or even a small-scale, crisis.
I see a handful of mistakes over and over again that are easy to avoid, if you know what to watch out for. Today, I want to give you a super-simple roadmap for sidestepping these common prepping errors.
Five Prepping Mistakes
That Could Cost You Big Time
Prepping Mistake #1: Putting too much stock in gear and not enough effort into gaining survival skills. No doubt, gear is important. If you have enough food on hand and the tools to cook it with, that will help you get through tough times. If you have a handgun or rifle, you’ll be better positioned to protect yourself if things get violent.
But what if you’ve never practiced cooking with your back-up propane stove? What if you’ve never taken your gun to the range? And what if whatever crisis you’re facing outlasts your food stores or your ammunition? What then?
In any crisis situation, it’s your knowledge and skill sets that will get you through. Having the right tools is important, but those tools can be worse-than-useless if you’ve haven’t learned to use them… and in untrained hands they can become downright dangerous.
Make a commitment this year to gain the practical knowledge you need to make good use of your preparations.
Prepping Mistake #2: Never doing a dry run. This goes hand-in-hand with prepping mistake number one. I know a lot of people who put a lot of money and effort into preparing for the end of the world and then never actually test their work.
Schedule a “crisis weekend” with your family, and go through a dry run. It’s as simple as picking a scenario – the power grid has gone down or the dollar has collapsed – and living out your weekend based on some of the likely outcomes of that scenario.
Periodically doing a dry run has two beneficial outcomes: it helps train you and your family into a mindset of dealing with unforeseen and difficult situations, and it helps you see immediately any gaps in your preparations.
Prepping Mistake #3: Not planning for likely scenarios. Speaking of the end of the world, I see a lot of preppers putting effort into readying for a nuclear attack or a bird flu pandemic and ignoring the fact that they live on a flood plain or in tornado alley. Planning for the big stuff is great, but it makes so much more sense, especially when you’re spending your hard-earned money, to plan for the most likely scenarios first.
Go ahead and plan for the apocalypse, but do it after you’ve planned for the next hurricane or earthquake or whatever natural disaster is mostly likely to come your way.
Prepping Mistake #4: Thinking one is enough. Have you ever had the power go out and felt proud because you knew right where the flashlight was only to discover the bulb was burnt out and you didn’t have a back up?
You’ll hear military types say, “Two is one, one is none.” What they mean is that equipment failures happen. If you have only one of something and it fails, you’re out of luck. If you have two, when an equipment failure happens, you’re still in the game. Double up on gear or repair parts for gear whenever possible.
Prepping Mistake #5: Falling prey to one of the many forms of prepping paralysis. This can take many shapes. I’ve seen people decide not to prep because they were so overwhelmed with the possibility of how bad the situation might get – they psyche themselves into thinking their preparations won’t matter because anything they’re prepping for will be insurmountable. Not true. The situations that are most likely to happen are temporary – your preparations will help you ride out the storm.
I’ve also seen preppers become so caught up in the possibility of a disaster happening that they put their day-to-day life on hold. Prepping is important, but you’ve still got to live your life.
I’ve seen preppers get so hung up on a single aspect of preparing that they neglect other important areas. For example, they may be armed to the teeth, but their food stores won’t last them a month. Also, not good.
If you find yourself falling into one of these traps, take a step back, assess what you’ve done and what you can do, and then approach your prepping again with a clearer head. And don’t neglect your work or your family in the process.
Making practical, sensible preparations against disasters both big and small is a sensible thing to do. Make sure you avoid these five mistakes and you’ll know you’re preparations are on the right track.