This will help the noob, the intermediates, and even the advanced preppers if you (we) all cooperate and list the mistakes that we’ve made along the journey of preparedness…
Maybe someone else might avoid a mistake or two if they read this and adjust accordingly.
Okay, let’s get started:
WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES. It’s okay.
But if we don’t learn from our mistakes, then that’s just plain stupid…
With that said, I’ll throw a few of my own out there to get it started. When a solid list has been established, I’ll edit the article and list them for future reference.
There have been times when I’ve purchased quantities of bulk dry goods such as rice, wheat, beans, etc… and have let them sit around longer than I should – before going through the process of properly packing them for long term storage (e.g. in Mylar bags with O2 absorbers in 5-gallon buckets, vacuum sealed, etc..).
As much as I write about proper food rotation, there have been times when we have fallen into the trap of normalcy bias while ignoring some of what’s in food-storage and letting it ‘sit’. We’re much better at it these days, but it involves changing your habits about meal planning.
I have sometimes gone ‘overboard’ with one aspect or another of preparedness at the expense of time spent in other areas. “All things in moderation” is a good general motto. You may feel very passionate about one particular ‘project’, but you need to come up for air once in awhile.