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March 15, 2018 3 min read 1 Comment

The internet is a blessing and a curse for first-time preppers. Part of mastering survival methods is trial and error in the learning phases, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the guides available to you.

Knowing whatnot to do is a good starting foundation. We’ve outlined a few of the most common mistakes made by novice preppers, along with some life-saving solutions and basics.

Not Having Enough Food Variety

Prepping food for survival means you must get creative and be aware of food allergies. You don’t want to find out you have an allergy when you’re in survival mode, and you don’t want to be stuck eating the same thing multiple times a day with an unforeseeable end in sight. This would not be the time to get too adventurous with your food choices. Pack a variety, but make sure they are foods your body can tolerate.

Remember, noteverything has to be non-perishable, so long as you keep everything dated and in a rotation. Prepare a daily menu while keeping length of time and stored food in mind.

Lack of clean water stored

If you think you have prepped too much water, think again. There’s no such thing as having too much water when you’re prepping for an emergency. Having an abundance of clean water needs to be a top priority for any true survivalist.

Think of all the things you use water for – personal hygiene, cleaning, drinking, cooking, pets, etc.Having reliable water storage, an abundance of water, and establishing proper sanitation methods are all essential components of having a reliable water source in an emergency situation.

Not Prepping For Family or Pets

When it comes to survival, you may be the most knowledgeable member of your family. You are the backbone, the prepper, the researcher. That may be the case, but what will your family do if you are separated in an emergency? Your family needs to have some basic knowledge and abug out bag for each person.

Thinking in worst case scenario, what would your family need to learn if they had to survive without you? Write down what you come up with and begin making your own lesson plan.

Your pets rely on you, too, so they need to be considered when prepping. Think of things like medicine, food (wet and dry), small pet beds, warmth items, leashes and harnesses, and bandages. It’s a good idea to pack a separate bug out bag for your pet that contains the items mentioned.

Lacking survival knowledge

If you’ve heard the term strategy before tactics, apply it to everything you know about prepping. Without the strategy (in this case strategy equates to enacting well-researched survival plans) your tactics may not be enough to keep you and your family safe in a disaster.

Havingtop-of-the-line survival gear is important, but without knowledge your gear cannot save you.

Some tips to make the most of your survival education:

  • Don’t rely on one source or medium for research. Read books, watch videos, join forums, take classes
  • Consider the credibility of your sources
  • Know how to use gear before investing in it
  • Ask questions – don’t ever assume something about a survival plan or tactic if you’re not 100% sure

Knowledge is power, and you can never have too much of it when preparing for the unknown! Common sense, thorough research, and proper planning will yield better results for your prepping journey.

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March 20, 2018

Here are some pet tips: https://besurvival.com/tips-and-tricks/9-tips-for-prepping-with-pets

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