What Is Your Favorite Part Of Prepping & Preparedness?

Preparedness, or practical-sensible-prepping, can be as simple or in-depth that you make it to be.

Some people take preparedness pretty seriously. Beyond just Level 2. There certainly are lots of areas of potential involvement.

Regardless of the extent, we all have our favorite areas of interest. We tend to spend more time working on that thing (or those things). Why? Because we enjoy it, whatever “it” is.

For example, one of my favorite areas having to do with preparedness is alternative energy. My education, background, and work experience lends itself to this category (among others). Between that, my interest in Off-Grid self-sustaining solar power, and my desire to be prepared for any length of “grid down”, it’s one of my favorite categories of preparedness.

It was my first project that I undertook after having moved to my current location. And I spent a lot of time (and $) getting this done. Though it never seems really done because of tinkering with additional aspects of alt-energy for my home.

So that’s one example. It’s different for everyone. There are many topics within the genre of preparedness. Some people may find one or two particular topics especially interesting. While others, not so much. That’s just the way it is. We all have our unique interests.

What are YOUR favorite areas having to do with preparedness? What do YOU enjoy doing in this regard?

It’ll be interesting to discover what each other enjoys most about prepping. Not so much the “why”, but the “what”.

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  1. Preparedness provides me with an organized desire (and goal) to be more self-reliant and to be more aware of a variety of dangers that plague me/us/society/the world. I am more aware of the sinister grip that the Shadow Government has on the world. I am also more cautious (and pro-active) when assessing/avoiding group-think and the dumbed-down masses. To combat the dangers and the imminent threats, I continue to work towards being MORE prepared for a number of possible threats. I continue to work towards being MORE self-reliant and MORE knowledgeable. With these desires and goals, I am more focused to achieve something that will be of benefit every day:

    One more day being alive and well
    One more article to read on a subject I’m not too familiar with
    One more “jar of freedom” canned
    One more home project completed
    One more shelf of food finally filled up
    One more skill tried to better understand the how-to process
    One more moment to reflect on the good and the blessings given
    One more person to chat with about “stocking up”
    One more 5 pound weight added to a resistance machine
    One more task/chore finished to get the house in order
    One more on-sale item added into our supplies
    One more minute with those I love
    One more day away from crowds and cities, enjoying the country

  2. Ah, so slowly accumulating parts for my first solar set up, only 4 panels.
    Learning what I didn’t know about wiring it, then doing it.

    Anticipation of something new arriving in the mail when I could afford it.

    Knowing I will be fine longer than everyone else, still not very long term but it
    is what it is.

  3. Helping others , including my Family and Friends to survive until Christ returns, defeats evil, and sets up His Kingdom. Also “belonging” to an online group of fine people like this site.

  4. I like learning new things and pushing the boundaries of what people say is possible, preferably at 0 or low cost. Survival is no different. Cheese, curing meat without nitrates, hydroponics without purchased nutrients, seed breeding, dry gardening, electricity, trees from seed, doing my own repairs, etc. Figuring things out. I keep joking that the greenhouse must be a huge relief to my family because it satisfies my need to experiment without getting dangerous…

    It’s not quite a joke.

      1. Peace of mind. Certainly. One favorite part of preparedness was paying off my last debt several years ago. After that, I have the peace of mind knowing that what I have is mine to use as I please and not just having/using while paying “rent” to the bank or CC company. Look at it this way, what’s the use of having a fancy BOV or BOL when if hard times hit (financially), the bank can come and take it from you thereby taking you back to point A in that area of preparedness. AHHHHH, peace of mind. Yes, it feels good knowing that nobody owns you (except the spouse, little kids, and the dog). Hehe

        1. Yes, being debt-free is a tremendous feeling. It is the only way that I am able to live my current lifestyle at a much lower income than “back in the day…” I don’t owe anyone, or any bank, anything. Except for the government of course. Taxes of all sorts.

  5. Prepping has increased my self esteem and self sufficiency. For decades either my husband, my father, or my brother did everything for me — all home repair, auto repair, lawn care, driving, child discipline, heavy (and yes, even light) lifting, plumbing, mechanical work, computer set up & debugging…. They even changed all my light bulbs.

    There are still many things I can’t do for myself, but all the time I find there are things I thought I couldn’t do, but CAN do, after all.

    1. Daisy, I remember Dad spending hours teaching my brothers about electronics, how to wire a light, how to fix a car or change a tire. No one ever bothered to teach me any of this stuff. I had to figure it out on my own, but my brothers sure made fun of me when I did it wrong.

      Learned helplessness.

  6. even as a kid i loved being outside in the woods away from from all the noise of people and the mockery of some people the abuse from my father i guess you could say there wasnt a part of prepping that i didnt like i loved the learning of making things from nothing but what we could gather and find and i didnt know at the time that it was called PREPPING i loved learning how to make fire how to track creatures both large and small how to build shelters with nothing but leaves and branches and the appreciation of a GOOD solid blade or axe and what can be done with either thats also where i learned how adapt improvise and overcome even thought i had never been in the USMC i learned something new every time i went out into the woods so i really cant put my finger on what i loved the most

  7. I really like that my DH has become very active in the prepping movement, and since he is waaaay better than that McGyver show, I can watch him create things from nothing – or from junk as I call it!

  8. Alternative energy. Solar and wind. I’m certainly not an expert, but I’ve done it all myself. Something good about that, just a feeling. Can I power my house? No. Can I keep a freezer going, yea I think so. Maybe even a little extra.

    Ham radio. Started out as a chore to maintain contact with VIPs. I found a little fun along the way. Bought another old used radio. What can I say, it can’t all be drudgery.

  9. Prepper? (I still get a kick out of how the spell check on my computer doesn’t recognize the word)

    What does the word mean? To me, it means someone who endeavors to be ready (prepared) for………whatever challenge that presents itself, expected, unexpected, large, or small.

    How does one do that? That’s a many faceted question. It requires anticipation of possible scenarios, pondering how you can respond, formulating plans, acquiring materials and skills to make your plans viable.

    How do you do that? Perseverance and doing. You can “war game” forever in the comfort of your living room. You will never know if your plans will work until you test them. You test them by doing, putting thoughts to the test.

    Many of us have gained skills and solutions naturally. By naturally, I mean learning by trial and error as we made our way through life. Much of that comes to folks who don’t have an abundance of money, necessitating doing things for yourself.

    I guess that the biggest compliment my youngest son ever gave me was recently after I built a new part for a broken lawn tractor out of scrap metal, putting it back into service. He said “Dad, you never give up until you get it fixed do you?”

    That simple statement made me proud. Not proud of my accomplishment, no, proud that my son saw how perseverance pays off.


  10. I like making stuff and learning how to make stuff, its a fine line and grey area between preparedness and hobby or trade.

  11. I’m not a prepper, I’m into preparedness and consider myself more of a survivalist before it became a bad word in the 90s. I see distinct differences in the titles.
    I enjoy several things such as watching my children handle situations with ease that others struggle with, the confidence I have going into situations and the other joy of that’s transitioned from knowing that I have a chance to knowing my kids and grandkids have a chance.
    While it’s important to embrace technology I also enjoy the ways of old that aren’t lost on me or mine and that those skills have been passed on through the generations.
    I love the accomplishment “from the field to the table” of the hunt, fish or produce.
    I enjoy the knowledge, wisdom and idea sharing of those going the same direction but perhaps on a different path.
    There are many many things I enjoy about this journey.

  12. That feeling of satisfaction when I can tick a prep or a step along the way as complete.

    Introducing folks to the idea. The more of us that can survive the more of us that will survive.

    Sharing a love for the lifestyle with likeminded here on MSB.

  13. Built my own Fish Smoker for my fish catch, and improving it with experience.
    No food shortage here.

  14. My very favorite thing…
    — The knowledge that if it blizzards for two weeks I will be “good”.

  15. I do love these articles that make one think and review ourselves.

    So, “What Is Your Favorite Part Of Prepping & Preparedness?”
    Of course it would be the satisfaction and knowledge of “Living the Lifestyle” that is nondependent on outside supplements and support.

    BUT Ken goes on to clarify his question… “Not so much the “why”, but the “what”.

    Ok so what are the activities that make this journey satisfying?
    I would have to say the Production and Preserving of foods and water, mainly Gardening and Meat production and the preserving of the spoils of the effort.
    To me there is not a finer satisfaction than gawking at a pantry (or two) full of Canned, Dried, Salted, Preserved foods. Knowing these goods can in-facto provide for many of persons the life-giving essentials need to actually survive “bad times”.
    Maybe I have heard and read too many tales of the Great Depression, but for me Preparing has to do with being able to feed one’s family and others if warranted. Do you remember the haunting photos of the “Bread Lines” of old times?
    Surely having the ability to make life “comfortable” is a wonderful thing, but if one is hungry than having lights that work is secondary.

    Now I guess if one was to ask “what are my favorite Hobbies that have to do with Preparing”, that’s a different subject.
    Those might be anywhere from Alternate energy aka Heat, Lighting, Transportation; to Security, and even Communications.

    If I have to pick one, I would need to say, Practicing “Lights-Out”, putting all the preparation and skills to test. One might call it Camping if inclined, but I practice for long term “Lights-Out” rather than just a weekend or week.

    1. NRP, Ditto! The production and preparation of food. We love raising these amazing heritage animals and also enjoy the harvest they provide. They fill our shelves and freezers for many months giving us healthful bounty and peace of mind. The same for the heirloom garden items and many volunteers we get every year. This feed us and the animals for months on end.

      The satisfaction that comes after harvest of garden and animals and while viewing our bounty is immense. We are healthier in body and spirit. The rest of what we do is gravy. This is what our grandparents felt and our parents never got to experience because they got sucked into the work for someone else scheme and mortgage your soul to the bank.

  16. Favorite would be harvesting our own food, from a garden/wild, or with feathers or hide. Processing the results, no quite so much.

  17. Hm. I seem to call it self-sufficiency more and more these days. Saying ‘preps’ or prepping’ seems to scare some people. I love learning new things and the old ways of doing things. And I must say that becoming more self-confident in my abilities to survive a lot of possible scenarios and taking care of me and mine are good feelings. Most favorite? I love gardening. And planting an orchard and seed-saving. Food self-sufficiency is a goal. Since I love to cook so much gardening seemed a natural niche for me. I guess I’m more of an optimist. If the garden wasn’t so great this year….wait until next year. It’ll be great!

  18. We have one famous politician who once said : We will hope that next 100 years will be peace but we will be prepared if tomorrow will be war. So I do it in this way. Father and husband must be responsible for the family. But I try to be reasonable and keep balance between “normal life” and need to be prepared.

    1. Veteran,

      That is a wise politician. He just explained the reason our founders made sure that the government be constrained from ever removing the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

      Your politician said “We will hope that next 100 years will be peace but we will be prepared if tomorrow will be war.”

      Our constitution says “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”.

      Those few words scares the hell out of tyrants, both foreign and domestic, who prefer victims who are outgunned, or preferably, unarmed.

      One of our former politicians once said “Walk softly…………., but carry a big stick!”

      He also opined, “There is but one answer to the dynamite bomb (the weapon of anarchist terrorists of his day) and that can be best made by a Winchester rifle.”

      Or………….as comedian Ron White says about his native Texans, “You kill us, we will kill you back.”

      1. Dennis;
        President Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy: “speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

        Or as so many others like to say “”Beware the man with one gun, for he probably knows how to use it.”

        Not that I have any left because of Navajo Lake……. damn it anyways.

  19. Like others, gardening for food preserving and hunting deer etc.Been doing it 40 yrs and will continue as long as able.Full pantry is very satisfying to me.My children remember when we raised meat rabbits or harvested deer, I would look at the feast my wife would cook fried rabbit mashed potatoes sweet corn green beans
    ripe tomatoes, and I would point out we grew everything on this table. And we were fortunate to have the ability to do so.

    1. Maggie’s farm;
      I remember clearly the evenings my Family would put on a spread for a few guest back when I was but a young pup.

      My Mother would spend hours with my Father beside her cooking and grilling a wonderful dinner. There might be from 8 to 20 folks sitting around the table all enjoying an absolutely wonderful meal.

      Both my Parents beaming with pride and accepting compliment after compliment of the wonderful food presented in the traditional ways (almost always true Germen Cuisine).

      We were not a wealthy family by any means, but would make a monthly tradition to offer such a feast to others. Not to over shadow others, but in the realm of friendship and warmth from the heart and soul.

      I do remember quite often the question would be asked where they bought this and that, 99% of the time the answer…… “We grew everything on the Table, even the rabbit in the Hasenpfeffer”. I will never forget the compliments and thanks everyone would offer to My Family…..

      Truly something to remember in this day and age when most will order up a Domino’s Pizza or Kentucky Fried Chicken for guest.

      What happened to our society and values? Why have we become such a hurried people that instant satisfactions and gratification has replaced our root sense of traditions and core values?

      1. NRP. I don ‘t know what happened to societal values but it likely has caused most of our problems today. Most people today do not honor any traditions and it is a sad state of affairs that everyone wants easy and they want it now.I would like to try Hassenpfeffer sometime though.

      2. NRP, had same way of growing up in a large family. Being down South Texas we alway’s had fruit and veggie’s on the table plus our meat and potato’s. Kinfolk would stop by and the long table would be solid in food. I was about 14, I remember a Great Uncle ask my Dad how he could afford to put down a spread of food with such a large family. He told him “I would rather put the money on my table than give it to a Doctor later.” I recall we never went to Doctors except for broken bones.

  20. The gratification of all the efforts.
    Looking at stocked shelf’s, even down to the stacked and split wood.
    Keeps the mind and hands busy. Overwhelming at most times, but if I take a few minutes and say I or we done good. Or we, I accomplished that feat. Makes a person push a little further.

  21. I enjoy not being on the 6 o’clock news running around frantically to buy milk, eggs, bread, and a snow shovel.

  22. What do I enjoy about the journey and education of preparing for tough times?

    #1 Was going out and learning how to do things myself. This was after being shown how to do something by a mentor/. Everything from safe operation of a chainsaw to the cleaning of a fire arm be it smokeless or black powder.

    #2 Is this here website where I was able to share what I learned all those years ago with like minded people that share common values.

    This is the only website I have remained on over the years ( just shy of 10 years.). because part of our relocation meant that we moved into a house with an internet connection. Ken started this site back then and has worked hard to rid this site of trolls and monitor closely to minimize the “flame wars” that can tear apart many online communities.

    I have relatives that work in the computer and software industries so I am aware of how the internet has a lot of trash and bad info on the various sites. Due to my present and previous careers and hobbies, I chose to contribute to the firearms and reloading category quite a bit.

    I thought if one is going to talk about firearms, their use and implications of surviving a legal shoot, that info should come from a person who has been in several gunfights, survived the aftermath and gone to court for both the civil and criminal trials that you will go through after you survive a fight with loaded guns. The internet is full of armchair commandos and mall ninjas. Most people that go through doorways or do car stops and face the one-eyed stare choose never to talk about such things or post about it.

    The other 1/2 of the firearms world are mostly fun and sustainance in my world. In my 20’s, I had a freezer full of meat from wild game and very little money in the bank. There is a lot of satisfaction in taking of a deer or wild pig with ammunition that you reloaded at home. Same can be said of winning of a trophy or plaque at a local or regional tournament with reloaded ammo.

    I am at the age now where I can pass this hard-gained knowledge forward to those that are willing to learn. Little facts like: Most of the creatures that prey on your chickens are members of the weasel family along with rats and raccoons.

    Pound for pound, the weasel is an obligate carnivore that needs to consume its calories in meat and blood. If you trap or kill one with the head intact, take a look at the dentition…those teeth are not there to grind seeds or eat vegetables.

    I am still a keen observer of both nature and people. This site is a forum that allows the sharing of good information learned from hard experience with like-minded people. I continue to hope that the defecation does not make contact with the rotary oscillator. I am afraid this site would become one of the first casualties in a world gone mad.

    Ken, thanks to you for allowing us to share on your well run forum.

    1. Calirefugee:
      Thank you for
      1. Sharing your experiences and all the information you are so willing to place out here.
      2. What a fantastic statement you have made here tonight. Every word solid truth. I wish I could have found Ken’s site many years sooner

      I also appreciate the HARD work that shows here.
      Thanks old man aka Ken for all you have and are doing.

      1. Calirefugee,

        Ditto. I discovered MSB while recovering from heart by-pass surgery. Prior to that, I had very little time “surfing” the internet. I was naturally drawn to the prepping and survival sites. Wasn’t impressed by most. Seemed a lot of folks with little hands-on knowledge, preaching to other inexperienced folks. Got real tired, real quick, of folks declaring how if you didn’t have certain guns, shooting certain ammunition, you would perish quickly. Or, describe the “must have” contents of their bug-out bags that anyone with a half a brain would know would weigh 100 plus pounds.

        Then I ran across a link to MSB posted in a comment on another site. Read the MSB article, read the comments, and thought, “thee are not a bunch of nut-job Rambo wannabees, they are serious, and have something to share”. Hung out for a while, became satisfied I had discovered a site where I might fit in.

        I hope my thoughts add to the conversations. I know I glean new information all the time from y’all. I still “surf” a few other sites, but seldom tarry, coming immediately back to follow the conversation here. I see y’all as family, a close knit community. Never saw that on other sites.

        1. Thanks Dennis. I believe we have a great community here. LOTS of knowledge, experience, and background among our commenters.

  23. I’ve most loved the fact that I had something when it was needed: flashlight and solar-powered light when the power went off in my first-grade classroom (reading to a group of kids in the dark is much better than just telling them to calm down!), having basic medical supplies when someone got hurt at a golf tournament, having a knife to open a box at a baby shower, food when I was sick and didn’t want to go out, etc.

    My favorite thing to do, though, is organize things. Getting all my dry food dated, lined up, and looking pretty in my basement “store” makes me feel like I’ve really accomplished something. The only problem is that I’m always needing more room!

  24. I like not having to run around like a crazy person with all the other unprepared people, buying supplies to make it through whatever weather event.

    I sit back, do a quick inventory and pour a glass of wine.

    I’m still working towards becoming more self-sufficient. And I’m definitely not where I want to be with my preps, but I’m making baby steps.

  25. When I run out of something in the kitchen I like knowing i can go to my food storage room and get another one.

  26. I don’t consider myself a prepper, survivalist, or even a homesteader. I was raised by family that lived in the Great Depression and WW2. I was raised by people that farmed the land, raised livestock, and repaired everything on their own. I learned from them as a way of life. I grew up in a time when service was considered a selfless act. I made a career out of public service. I once moved to a big city and worked their a few years. Then I became disgruntled with city life. I moved back to the area where I was raised. I bought my own acreage and then I raised my family. I can buy whatever I need, but I enjoy doing things for myself in the old ways. I make my own sausage. I make my own jellies. I can grist my own meal. I hunt, trap, and fish. I build things. I repair things. I just do like my parents and grandparents did. So maybe I’m just an old soul in an old body.

  27. When I was a child, I was an inquisitive child. I asked lots of questions and I was told to look it up in the Encyclopedia. My parents bought a new set of encyclopedia and dictionaries every 10 years. My parents were doing their best to teach us to be self-taught learners.

    These days, the computer within a home that has WIFI and broadband capability has largely replaced the sets of encyclopedias and dictionaries. This presents its own challenges to those who are raising children in the age of information.

    On this site: From Dennis and others, I have learned of the new battery operated electric chainsaws and electric implements that are used to keep our homesteads tidy and to remove the hazard tree or branch. I still did not get myself a chainsaw up here in my new home butt the trees are getting big enough where I could use one once in a while. Mixing and using saw-gas is a pain and smelly hassle and if you have a 2-cycle engine, they work best if they are used every day be it a moped or a chainsaw or weed eater. My home and yard is small enough that I still use corded electric in both weed eater and lawnmower. The battery operated ones look intriguing butt, my patch of grass is pretty big compared to those using the battery operated rigs.

    From many on this site, I have learned that if I can, get myself the Ball Canning Book as a reference for the home canner. and from NRP, you can never have enough TP around if your experiments in canning or improper food prep go awry…

    I met one person on this site and met with them to properly fit her for a shotgun. I hoped I was giving helpful advice regarding selection of a rifle scope from my experience as a hunter, target shooter and part-time gunsmith.

    I miss the hugs from Shepherdess but I realize she is busy working an in-town job in addition to her home with the bunnies and sheep. Dennis’s prayers speak to the heart for many of us.

    There used to be a person in New Mexico that floated rivers and gave us much advice regarding traveling along rivers in rafts. ( what commode do they use? how to deal with sanitation and human waste on an extended float trip?).

    Over the years, so many people have come and gone. As I approach retirement at my present job, I think about taking that road trip to visit hermit us and see his raised bed garden first hand, to reduce the squirrel problem for old homesteader on his home place somewhere up here. I would love to visit the good folks in Texas and help them reduce their feral hog problem in person. I would love to see the greenhouse of Lauren, see the hives set up in fruit and nut orchards outside Chico, CA by SMG.

    Until that day, we stay in touch with each other on this here gathering place each week.

  28. I would say my favorite thing is knowing I can handle most things likely to come down the road.

    Only a fool thinks they can handle everything. But I feel I do pretty good at planning for likely events and doing things to minimize the bad effects I may encounter.

    I know a lot and have a lot of preps, but I’m always striving to learn more.

    I like learning new things and find it fulfilling to learn and practice new skills and hone old skills.

    I just wish I could get my Son (30-years old) to understand the need to prep and learn. But he just doesn’t want to do much but work and play video games.

  29. Think my favorite part of it is learning something new no matter what it is. I’m still relatively new to the concept and have enjoyed learning about everything from canning to water storage to different forms of radio communication. Don’t know that I’ve gone deep enough into it to pick out a particular favorite area just yet. Just glad I stumbled into this community, have learned a ton from everyone here so far!

  30. Well Ken, I am just the opposite. I enjoy learning to do things without electricity. My thought is, that if we do have a SHTF event, you may never be able to replace components of your system as it breaks. People lived before electricity, we can live without it. If its not key for my survival it’s less important. I am afraid that in my area, houses with solar could become targets. So I am leaning heavily towards being grey. Since DH’s passing I have reduced my electric bill by almost 40%.

    So I guess my favorite part is learning and practicing to live without electricity.

  31. Learned so much from the contribution of ideas on this site. I guess my favorite part is the “lifestyle”. Tends to bring together the “salt of the earth” type folks which makes great company.

    I receive real satisfaction at going into the winter with the firewood stacked and ready. The ability to grow and hunt my own food and teaching my kids the skills of how to do it. Have been an avid trapper since the 70’s and honed the art of trapping in my area to a level I am pleased with. We surmise that most wild game will be gone from the land within a short time following a major collapse. I would agree although there is a very large menu of nocturnal critters that will remain unavailable to all but the successful trapper during that difficult time. May just provide the edge one may need? Learning to tan pelts and make clothing is an ongoing venture.

    Continue to expand my use of medicinal plants. Recently purchased a Maha PowerEx battery charger and Eneloop rechargeable batteries based on the information provided from this site. Thanks much for all.

  32. My favorite part is teaching my daughter to survive if I’m not around. It isn’t just one thing, its everything. She is 9. So far she can: start a fire with 1 match, dress a wound, Shoot (fire arms, bows, slingshot…), swim, garden, animal husbandry, paddle Kayaks and canoes. The list goes on.. I don’t know many adults that can do what she can. She is in Girl Scouts to learn to be a leader. She is a girly girl not a Tom-boy.
    Best of all I get to spend time with her! That is the BEST part!

  33. I gotta tell y’all the answers on here are perfection. This is what I should be hearing when they do tv shows on it or when attending a community preparedness meet. If things were spoken this way I believe more would do it and not feel the negative impacts that have been dramatically presented which cause people to turn away.
    This commentary is what should be the representation of it all.

  34. Matt in Ok
    Our representation is from the heart. Where as the other way is to fill their pocket books, one can not deny them a way to make a living—but as you stated ours is so much better.

    You are correct, if this group were to do a presentation all over the USA with our attitudes & generosity. Hopefully more would heed the calling to take care of themselves. As we would not be selling them a specific product, just our wisdom.

  35. I have a lot of stuff. Decades of collecting. Stuff everywhere. Even at my parents house. Stuff buried in the ground in various places near where I used to live hundreds of miles away from where I do now. Much of the stuff buried in various places is “getmyshitback” variety or the bare minimums to start over.

    The “preparing” part is because I like to have stuff on hand. Time is money for me. So having to go somewhere to get something I don’t have is a huge inconvenience.

    Time is so valuable to me I have duplicates of many things near where I might need them just to save time from going to a different part of the property to retrieve said item.

    I have the ability and the equipment on hand to fix just about anything. I even keep enough materials on hand to cope with just about anything that could come up. But I have some very large gaps still. I think it might be the survivalist piece that people describe it as.

    The part I find interesting now is the self-sufficiency piece. While I believe I can “cope” for 5 years I don’t think I can “thrive” for any period of time. Watching my supplies drain and fretting over a garden as a need vs the want it currently is for me today is absolutely terrifying.

    At the 5 year mark I think either things will be semi-normal or there will be a new normal established.

    I also have no idea what to do about medical or dental. No mountain of Merck manuals and the similar nor tools mentioned in them makes me qualified to do more than plug holes.

  36. That’s a hard call. Either having electricity when the power goes out or needing something and already having it.

  37. My number one favorite is clothing preparation plus food supply for a 72 hour power failure. I am at level one still but enjoy grocery shopping in anticipation of a power failure which does occur fairly frequently. Canned salmon and tomato soup are the staples I have on hand. Of course a manual can opener, the ability to drink cold instant coffee, bread and almond butter. Having fresh vegetables on hand for the 3 days also. As I plan to retire in a few short years I am actively ensuring that any clothes permitted to remain in my condo after that date are practical for a calamity. This includes fleece and therma fleece jackets in 2 sizes, tank tops for layering containing cotton, polyester and/or viscose, all easily washable. A few sweaters of different weights, athletic pants, capris and shorts. Colors vary from my favorite purple to wear indoors or in safe areas and more inconspicuous colors such as grey, black, navy and cobalt blue. I avoid red but do have some dark burgundy infused with black in the very subtle pattern. This could save me if I am shot as the shooter will not look for blood oozing out on a different color but the dark burgundy could make him think that I am dead if I am laying still. Dark burgundy is a color that enables one to remain still and the perp will not examine every inch of me to ensure that I am really dead. I call dark burgundy the shooting or stabbing camaflage color. It is common enough in fashion today to be added to the grey man or grey woman wardrobe. My only shoes are running shoes as I want to be able to move quickly. When I donate old clothes I drop them off in the donation bins as I do not want to deal with the agencies in person and have them remember me. I am up for a new winter jacket this year and am looking at colors and styles that are inconspicuous and common. I have little furniture in my condo as I like the airy look. My side tables are age friendly as they are Adirondack plastic folding tables – great for holding the internet modem, coffee, the current novel I am reading, the bedroom alarm clock. They cost $12 each and if I move they are very easy to transport. Also not worth stealing or at least my loss will not be much. Easy to wipe clean and move for vacuuming also. I purchased turquoise as the color complements my green wall and for ageing eyes or in the dark this color is easily visible. My inside colors are brighter than my outside colors which are purposely bland.

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