Not All Preps Require Money


Not all preps are those which require ‘money’ to buy things. While money certainly helps, preparedness involves other additional (and very important) aspects too.

Preps are not necessarily ‘just’ physically tangible things (as in having a basement full of survival gear). There are also the ‘preps’ which are located ‘between your ears’. Your noggin. Your attitude and skills.

Here’s what I mean:



Attitude requires no gear whatsoever. Having the right attitude is huge, and may make the difference between success or failure in many survival situations. Here are a few attitudes that come to mind which I consider to be beneficial to preparedness in general…

Optimism – optimist
Skeptical – a ‘healthy’ skepticism
Critical thinker
Patient – patience
Adaptable – adaptability
Aware – awareness

Attitudes are ingrained in us over time, and they are ‘who we are’ and ‘who we’ve become’.

The right attitude can help tremendously while dealing with other people or situations. Attitudes can make huge differences while under stress or dealing with atypical situations. You might have all the survival and preparedness gear in the world, but a wrong attitude may stop your progress during a critical time of survivability.



A skill is a sort of ‘prep’. Skills will compliment a related group of tangibles, such as specific tools, gear, or other such ‘things’. Skills enable you to IMPLEMENT ACTION (in a successful manner). In fact, if you have the skills (to do something specific) you don’t necessarily need to physically posses the associated tools or gear because you might be able to borrow from others or fashion them yourself, or adapt another way to go about the task…

Skills develop from knowledge and experience. Often they are related to one’s job or career, however one’s hobbies and interests may also hone specific skill sets outside of one’s career. With regards to survival preparedness, many of these skills are only learned by one’s own doing. Practice, practice, practice.

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  1. 1 is none, 2 is one and 3 are two. Substitute, plan A, plan B and plan C. As an ER nurse we were always planning for the worst case because on a regular basis somebody was going to come in having their worst case to date. Usually we were successful, sometimes we were not.
    Sometimes my wife gets tired of it. It seems like I’m always concerned that something bad is going to happen. Way to frequently at work it did. Glad I’m retired but I still have bad dreams about work.

  2. I think a good attitude is the most important thing that anyone can have. If you have a good attitude you can learn different skills. Take time to smell the roses just don’t walk by them… one day they will not be there.

  3. I agree 100%, one of the most important pieces in your preps doesn’t go in your BOB and it doesn’t cost a thing…your brain! If it’s not the right attitude…all the other costly preps are for not… You need a survival mentality, then all your preps you spent cash on, make it easier.. Survival without preps/supplies would be difficult, but survival without the right survival mentality will be impossible.

  4. Should certainly add “sense of humor”. Even gallows humor will suffice in dire circumstances. Always leave em’ laughin’.

  5. Here’s a good example of skills/training knowledge gained with experience:

    Years ago, when I was a rookie cop in plainclothes, in my own car off duty, very early in the morning I was stopped at a traffic light, no other traffic around. Suddenly, the passenger door opened and a very large intimidating male (race deleted for political correctness), jumped into the passenger seat and shouted “Drive”. Instantly, I knew I was being car-jacked.

    My brain immediately took over at warp-speed. I turned off the ignition, removed the key, threw open my door, and leaped out, drawing my concealed weapon. Knowing the car was now going nowhere, I stood directly in front of my car with the weapon pointed directly at the invader, through the windshield. The passenger door flew open, and the man took off running. I could not get off a shot due to the open passenger door blocking my view. (Good thing, because he didn’t display any weapon.)

    Lessons learned after the fact: 1. I should have ran to the the rear of the car, to get a clear shot at anyone bailing out. 2. A front windshield would have most likely deflected the shot. Shooting through the rear windshield is a much better idea, due to it’s not being as strong as the front one. 3. If he did have a weapon, he would have had a clear picture of me out in the open, and him protected by the passenger door. Lucky for me this time! Lessons learned, never forgotten!

      1. Agreed. Make it a habit, especially on older vehicles that do not auto-lock upon initial acceleration like the newer computer-controlled vehicles. It’s your first line of defense when driving.

      2. Very good habit. I do too, and twice had someone try to open the door. Very glad I had been locking up.

        1. Same thing happened to me when we lived in the city. Had a teenager try to open passenger door when I was stopped at a red light with a car in front of me so I was blocked in.

  6. Knowledge is power, power is victory. Victory isn’t everything but being able to laugh in the end makes it all worthwhile!!!?

  7. I neglected to add Rule No. 4, the most important one.
    Always, the very first thing I do upon entering my vehicle, is to Lock The Doors!!

  8. Another good topic and I am surprised that more people haven’t chimed in yet (must be last minute shopping time). What I got out it is that ultimately knowledge is power and the great big pile of whiz bang high speed gear won’t do you a bit of good if you don’t know how to best use it.

    In this day and age, the excuse that you don’t know how to do something means nothing. We are living in the land of tomorrow right now. I am talking right now through an interconnected global network on my personal pocket computer with high definition video capabilities as well as a thousand other things that I don’t really use. The information is out there to learn pretty much anything you might possibly need. There are how to videos on YouTube for pretty much anything you can imagine. Online libraries and forums such as this one are just a fingertip away and all you need is the time and inclination to use it.

    I guess that is what makes it so sad to see the way the world is going. It is so easy to learn new things now and so many of the upcoming generation would rather watch cartoons.
    Oh no, I’ve been ranting haven’t I? I’m not even 40 and I’m trying to have a “back in my day” rant! I’m done.

    *cartoons were better back in my day!

  9. My nephew is in special ops and his training involved being dropped alone in the wilderness without any tools, weapons, food or water for a week while being hunted by “the enemy” who was supplied. He lasted 5 days on his own before he was captured and water boarded to see if he would break for the rest of the duration. He passed and is now flying helicopters on special missions.

    I tried to imagine myself in his shoes. Takes a lot of the attitudes and skills to become someone I am very proud of.

  10. I think a positive attitude is most important toward non-preppers. I am tired of individuals such as ourselves saying or thinking, those ppl are sheeples or get what they deserve. It is our duty to educate such ones the best way possible. Even if its as simple as “make sure you have jumper cables or a flashlight in your car.” We ALL started ignorant and need guidance not intolerance.

  11. I used to joke about handling the home intruder by just shooting through the door butt after George Zimmerman and the stand your ground and castle doctrine laws being brought up in courts and challenged, I am going to wait a bit and let the home invader really damage my front door and windows of my home before I unload on them. I want there to be physical evidence that I was in fear for my life when I empty the clip into the recalcitrant dude.

    PS due to the increasing tendency for the recalcitrant dudes to armor up, my new point of aim is the groin. Lots of nerve plexus’s and makes it tough to walk away afterwards.

    Due to the escalating cost of ammo these days, there will be no warning shot. (Too expensive!)

  12. To NRP:

    Treating the GSW is conditional on many levels. On the ambulance, my solution is code 3 lights and siren, alert hospital with info bullet and ETA. Once in the ED, there is wound debridement, IV fluid therapy , prophylactic antibiotics on board, removal of foreign bodies (fragments and other debris)

    and this is all prior to applying a sterile dressing and secure bandage in place. All of this may be moot if a major blood vessel or central nervous system is hit. Odds are, most homes are not equipped to deal with this level of trauma. Know when to call for help.

    It is a challenge within a hospital as well. Take these on a case-by-case basis. Notice I did not address pain relief. That is because to get an accurate assessment of wound depth, there must be poking and prodding in order to establish extent of the wound channel. This must be done when patient is awake and sober. (and it hurts a lot too.)

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