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A beginner's guide to prepping. What is prepping?


A beginner prepper's guide

Preppering is a very broad issue, covering many areas of life. Broadly speaking, a prepper is any person who prepares for difficult times or crisis situations. Many people unconsciously implement practices that may pay off when problems arise with the supply and availability of various resources. Even such mundane activities as making preserves or rationally managing the household budget can be classified as preppering. In fact, I think each of us always has in the back of our heads (especially in difficult times like these) that not everything can always go our way and we may have no influence on certain situations. That is why it is worth getting acquainted with the topic of preppering and choosing what will work best in our case.

Preppers - who are they?

Until recently, preppers were considered weird. They were associated with specific, incomprehensible practices and theories regarding the imminent arrival of the end of the world and the zombie apocalypse. This opinion is certainly unfair, because in reality preppers have a very rational approach to life and simply make efforts to prepare for emergency situations as thoroughly as possible. For preppers, one of the most important issues is ensuring self-sufficiency and independence in every field. Collecting  food and items that, in the event of unexpected breakdowns and crises of various kinds, can provide them with the most comfortable and safe lives possible, is the credo of this movement.

What situations are worth preparing for?

Every day we do not think about difficult situations that may unexpectedly happen to us quickly. Starting from something as prosaic as a serious and long-lasting power failure or loss of job and financial liquidity, to armed conflicts, natural disasters and terrorist attacks - the range of unfortunate accidents and complications we may encounter is truly enormous. The topic of preppering, especially if you are a beginner in the subject, should be approached sensibly and calmly. It is worth analyzing your lifestyle as carefully as possible and considering what can be changed to better protect yourself and prepare for the unexpected. You can start with really small things - processing food and stocking up on water and food, setting aside a certain amount every month in case of emergency, ensuring that your mobile devices are properly protected against attacks, gradually collecting equipment and accessories that will help you survive crisis situations. It is also worth thinking about completing the so-called EDC set , i.e. items that you can take with you and always have with you when you face a crisis.

Knowledge is also important

The prepper's tasks do not end with making the right purchases. What good is equipment that he can't use properly? What good is a water purification bottle if we don't know where to find its source? How can we prepare for various scenarios if we do not keep up to date with information coming from the country and the world? Acquiring new skills and knowledge is very important in preppering. Certainly, one of the most important and useful abilities may be knowledge of the principles of first aid and, of course, skill in using this knowledge in practice. If we lack experience in this field, it is worth signing up for, for example, a specialized course. It turns out to be invaluable when you have to work under enormous pressure and stress. Developed habits and consolidated knowledge will certainly help you stay calm and provide proper care for other people in need, or for yourself.

Rules you need to know

Survival and preppering are inextricably linked to the so-called the rule of threes and the big four. They were developed to make it easier to assemble the equipment necessary for almost all circumstances. The rule of threes indicates that in an unexpected and difficult situation, a person can survive 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food. The Big Four refer to the skills you need to acquire to increase your chances of surviving in a crisis situation. These include obtaining and filtering water , lighting a fire, building a temporary shelter, and obtaining and processing food. With a bit of perseverance and thanks to the guidance of experienced specialists, you can learn almost all of this on your own. Prepping is a truly future-oriented field, so even if we are skeptical about the whole concept, it is still worth getting interested in. For your own good.

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