You are not alone: Rational people from all walks of life are taking preparedness seriously — and is a growing movement as more people realise the changing world means you have to take action now..
It’s simple: depending on what happens, you’ll either stay in your home, leave your home, or be away from home. Making it complicated makes you less prepared.
Prepping can seem overwhelming but doesn't have to be. There will always be dabate on how 'prepared' can you be given the changing world.
The whole point of prepping is to reduce the chances of major disruptions and to better recover when they do happen.
Don’t just look for a simple checklist and skip the detail. You will save yourself a lot of wasted time and money, and be better prepared, if you take a little bit of time to learn from others instead of making the same mistakes most beginners. The trick to prepping well is knowledge and following the right path, not putting a bucket of gear in your closet.
The basic steps to prepping:
- Understand your finances and health situation
- Get your home ready for two weeks of self-reliance
- Be able to leave your home with only a moment’s notice
- Prepare for emergencies that happen away from home
- Learn core skills and practice with your gear
- Conect with others and share!
Tips and common beginner mistakes
Many of these are super common tips that can help you avoid being unprepared.
- You can’t predict when an emergency will happen, so a good prep is always ready.
- Prepping is better when you connect with like-minded people. Try to connect with others through our website and through groups like Hiking in Australia and New Zealand
- If you’re on a budget, it’s better to buy fewer high-quality things than cheap stuff that will fail when you need them most. You can prep without much money, and be selective with what you buy.
- Don’t just buy gear, throw it in a closet, and give yourself a pat on the back. Practice with your gear and plans to see how they work.
The good news is that the prepping basics checklist is the same for 98% of people and scenarios.Your goal is to be able to survive in your home for at least two weeks without any outside help — whether from people or the grid. That means you can’t assume you’ll have electricity, water, cooking or heating gas, communication, internet, emergency services, etc.