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[–] Le_Squish 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'd say learn a skill or take a class. Hoarding is nice but there are a lot of situations were staying put isn't feasible.

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[–] totes_magotes 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Also, I forgot that your most valuable prep is knowledge. It cannot be taken away from you, you can teach it in trade for something, you will survive with it, and you increase your value to a group of people.

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[–] Jimmycog 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

A shovel and seeds. Then a foraging book.

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[–] plankO 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Something like this or this I've used the 12v stove before it works well for lentils and brown rice. Btw beans can be cooked, sprouted or planted. Sprouted beans have different vitamins I'm told. A homemade still might be handy and you should always have a large stock of ammunition

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[–] CaliforniaStoic [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Re- Ammo

Dang, I need a starter kit for that entire protection problem.

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[–] carnold03 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

What's going on that has you concerned that you should become prepared?

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[–] totes_magotes 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Assuming you're bugging in at your home and prepping for a complete grid down situation:

  1. Water storage. Water is your first concern. You will die after 3 days without water.1 gallon per day per person. Add more if your preps include food like rice and beans which require water.

  2. After that, heat if it's cold. You can freeze to death in a few hours. This does assume that you have plenty of warm clothes and blankets already. If not, this is first on the list.

  3. After that, medical. Infections and improper hygiene will kill you before starvation. This includes extra toilet paper and soap.

  4. After that, food. You can go 3 weeks without food.

  5. After that, security. Things to board up your windows, guns and ammo, emergency lighting, candles, etc. Also, keep your preps secret. If anyone knows you prep, when anything happens, they will come straight to you for supplies and then get mad when you don't share. They will also blame you because you knew it was going to happen and didn't tell anyone.

  6. After that, vices for trade. Everyone loves coffee, alcohol, and cigs. They will be worth a LOT for trading.

Other scenarios will require different preps in different orders, especially if you're bugging out. Leaving town? Extra cash, a couple of books, a knife, multitool, gloves, flashlight, simple first aid kid for scrapes and booboos.

Also, always keep an extra $200-$300 cash on your person at all times. If things go down and you need transportation home or a prep you didn't get. Or if the phone/internet goes down and you need gas for your car, cash is always king.

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[–] CaliforniaStoic [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thank you sooo much! I oddly have a weird water storage bathtub device that fills. Impulse Amazon Buys + hording for 6 years!

Reading over, I found this very useful. Maybe figuring out a solution to get rice cooked. Otherwise I could always sprout pinto beans(Water+ beans right?)

Security I'm bad at, I think that is my primary concern now. That and Medical, but I'm confused about this. I basically get sick 1 time a year. Even when I get cuts, nothing has gotten infected, and I dont use anything. What is the major purchases I should get to prepare for infection?

Fantastic advice!

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[–] totes_magotes 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Water BOB. There are good points and bad points for those. Save your potable water by storing water in cleaned milk jugs. Use those for things like flushing toilets and washing things that don't come in contact with food or medical needs. It will reduce the amount of clean water you use. Also, look into a Sawyer mini. Better than a lifestraw. Consider water bricks. You can also get water collection barrels for about $55 that look like fancy planters.

When you are in a SHTF scenario, you are not clean and you're not going to be. Any cut or injury will have a significant chance to get infected. Probably the quickest way to get a decent first aid kit is to find one that includes antibiotic ointment packs and build it up a little. It's a good booboo kit and if you include a few things to hold deeper cuts close, celox, and a tourniquet, it quickly becomes a more serious kit. You can also get little sheets of soap for camping. You can use them for hygiene but I would consider it a medical item.

Some beans require high heat before they'll actually be "cooked". So keep that in mind. Rice and beans and similar foods are a great start but do consider the idea of long-term shelf stable foods. Like canned foods. As long as it's not punctured and doesn't have rust falling off of it when you swipe at it, it's still good. Canned foods can last years and years and you can get it cheap at any store.

If you do get an extra $60 or so, consider the idea of a food saver (or similar). Vacuum sealing food makes it last longer. You can vacuum seal your medical supplies to keep them dry, clean. And you can vacuum seal that soap in case it gets wet so it doesn't dissolve.

Another resource would be to talk to people who hike long trails (like the Appalachian Trail). They will have incredible advice on how to pack for most things and to do it light and cheap.