Preparedness Mistakes To Avoid
We all make mistakes. Sometimes we avoid mistakes by understanding what mistakes NOT to make. It’s no different with preparedness / prepping.
So I’m asking you, “What are some of the mistakes you’ve made with your overall preparedness?” and/or “Even if you haven’t made them, what potential mistakes would you point out for others to avoid?”
Spending Beyond Your Means
One general issue which comes to mind is that of money. There are those who can afford just about everything they might need for preparedness. For others, not so much. Spending too much (relative to one’s threshold of ‘too much’) can bring some remorse afterwards. Prepping on a budget?
Another mistake is not practicing with whatever gear one might purchase. An example might be acquiring all sorts of fire starters – but not actually trying them out and practicing starting a fire. There are LOTS of examples of not actually learning
Poor Time Management
Time. It’s a valuable commodity. Every minute that goes by, you’ll never get back. Maybe some people have spent too much time focusing on just one thing/project – while letting other things go? Preparedness is wide ranging. Get the ‘general’ stuff done first, before getting caught up in your favorite project.
Ignoring The Basics
What about the mistake of overlooking and really knowing / understanding / practicing basic survival skills before moving on to other areas? I’m not talking about being a expert wilderness survivalist. I’m referring to basic skills like fire making, the ability to acquire and purify water for drinking, the concept of shelter (which goes beyond just building ‘a shelter’), assembling a basic survival kit, knowing some basic First Aid, addressing the issue of security…
Avoiding The Kitchen
There’s the potential mistake of ‘just’ buying extra food storage and forgetting about it – while not bothering to learn how to do things like make your own bread from scratch in the kitchen. The Survival Kitchen is important!
Not Putting In The Hard Work
A mistake might be an unwillingness to put in the hard work that some things require. (But if you do, you’ll be better for it.) An example is putting in a garden. It can be a pain (also a rewarding experience). It does take physical work and upkeep. A mistake would be not learning how to garden. Survival can involve hard physical work.
Letting Your Health Go
The ultimate preparedness is your own health, your body, your condition. Many will forget, or not think about, looking inward at themselves. How many are out of shape? Get your health in order first (or along side your other efforts). It’s important!
Trapped by Normalcy Bias
It’s so easy to get trapped! Everything’s rolling along fine, and therefore it always will. Day in, day out, our routines lull us into a sense of (false) security. The thing is, life can change in an instant. Sometimes with warning, other times with no warning. Plan. Prepare. Get out of the trap.
Overlooking the Local SHTF Situation
The tendency to place too much comparative SHTF preparedness emphasis on global / national circumstances while losing site of ‘local’. If and when anything ‘happens’, it will be all ‘local’. Your world sphere will shrink. Think about that.
Over Emphasis on Foods You Don’t Eat
The initial acquisition of too much ‘long term’ food storage (stuff you won’t typically open unless/until emergency) compared with acquiring more of what you would normally eat. Best to deepen the pantry with ‘normal’ rotatable foods FIRST, then go after specialty long term deep storage foods.
Too Much Doom & Gloom
Getting suckered in to “too much” doom and gloom. While there is a lot of bad stuff out there to consider, it can get depressing to the extent of losing sight of practicality and healthy living. First prepare for the more likely scenarios. Then afterwards consider the worst case scenarios (less likely perhaps, but more devastating) and covertly prepare for them based on your risk tolerance thresholds.
Not Checking Your Preps
Don’t set it and forget it. Especially with deep pantry food storage, you might be losing food and not realize it. Another example from a commenter, flashlight batteries leaking and ruining the device (any electronics). Tip: Batteries That Won’t Leak
Fear of Challenging Yourself
It’s natural to stay in your comfort zone. Being adequately prepared can involve challenges that you haven’t considered. For life’s challenges in general, you will become a better person having overcome it.
Starting Projects and Not Finishing
It sure can be fun to start a project and get it going. But then comes the harder work, sticking with it until the end. Finishing is not always as fun because you may be getting tired of it. It’s best to finish before starting another!
Trying to Convince Others to Prepare
Most people (unfortunately) will think you’re somewhat ‘nuts’ to be into preparedness. Modern societal ‘norms’ look upon preppers unfavorably – which is kind of funny because nearly all of our ancestors were preppers (way of life). So why is it ‘bad’ these days? Anyway, it’s probably not worth your time and effort to ‘convert’ others. Rather, it may be more beneficial to simply discover others who are naturally or purposely preparedness-minded in your locality.