When you hear the term “prepper,” you probably picture someone who has a huge stockpile of food, ammo, weapons, and an underground bunker. They are ready and waiting for some end of the world, apocalyptic event, and they aren’t going down without a fight. The truth is, however, that most people who consider themselves to be preppers do not really fit that description. Most likely, they are people who just want to be prepared for any unexpected disaster that might occur, and want to be as ready as they can be. Typically, preppers have enough supplies on hand to be self sufficient for several weeks, so they aren’t at a loss after a disaster or economic collapse, and can maintain some sense of normalcy.
What about if that event never happens? Did they waste all those resources and all that time getting ready for something that never came to pass? Some would say yes, but others would argue that it’s always smart to plan ahead. Here are 13 reasons to consider prepping, even if the “end of the world” never happens like you think.
Obviously, by stockpiling food and other supplies, you won’t have to rush out to the store for needed supplies. Many people are able to get a pretty good food stockpile going by adding a few extra items into the cart each week. It won’t take long until you have a decent stash, and can save money on future store trips. Many times preppers (and those who just shop smart) will look for good deals and low prices on staples to build their food supply up with little extra expense.
Vehicle Breaks Down? No Worries!
Should your vehicle break down on a trip, you’ll be prepared with an emergency kit that has everything you need should you need to wait a long time on a tow truck, or head out on foot. Things like bottled water, snacks, and extra blankets
No Running Out of Stuff
If you prep responsibly, you will have a good supply of the things you regularly use, so you won’t run out. If you have enough put back for emergencies and daily use, not only will you be able to get through a crisis without running low, you might be able to help others with your excess items. For example, if you are well stocked in diapers, you might be able to pass some on to a family who might be running low and hasn’t been able to make it to the store.
Having a good stockpile of food and supplies not only benefits your family, but can also help those around you. Say you have more than enough canned goods to last your family for six months. Then you find out that a local church is having a drive to collect items for their food pantry. You would be able to fill up three or four grocery sacks of items and it not make a dent in your own stash.
You Will Always Be Ready
Prepping for a disaster means that you will always be ready for any number of situations. You will have the appropriate supplies on hand, or in your vehicle, and have a plan in place for evacuating, or making it at home until the crisis is over. It is just a smart idea to plan ahead for these types of situations.
House Fires or Floods
While not a fun topic to think about, prepping can help in these situations. Most of the time, those who prep will have extra copies of things like insurance policies, passports, birth certificates, and family photos. These might be stored on site in a safe, or in a bank lock box. Should your home be ravaged by fire or flood, you will have protected copies of these important items.
We all have seen the price increases on every day items from canned goods to toilet paper in recent years. Prices are only going to continue to go up on these items and others. By stocking up on them now and getting them at lower prices, you can help alleviate sticker shock in the future.
Treat Minor Illnesses and Injuries
By having a well stocked, versatile first aid and emergency medical kit, you will be able to treat many minor injuries and illnesses at home, which would be crucial if you weren’t able to get to a doctor or hospital due to a natural disaster. Another good idea would be to become certified in basic lifesaving techniques and first aid. This will benefit you for years to come.
When you prep, you don’t tend to waste as many items. You find alternate uses for things instead of throwing them away, like turning ratty t-shirts into cleaning cloths or saving dryer lint to use as a fire starter. You start to see things for more than just their original purpose, which means you don’t have as much to throw out.
Stay in Shape
Homesteading tasks like wood chopping, gardening, that are part of day to day life when you live off the resources you have not only help to keep things running, but they also keep you in shape. You’re getting your heart rate up just by doing tasks that have to be done.
Money for Rainy Days (or Disasters)
The old saying “put it back for a rainy day” is easy to do when you plan ahead. Prepping for times when you might be unemployed or when the budget is tight due to unexpected expenses will be a huge help. Whether you take some out of each paycheck all year and put it in a savings account, or simply throw all your spare change into a jar, every little bit saved will come in very handy! Things might still be tight financially, but you won’t struggle near as much as if you didn’t have anything put away.
Prepping Makes You Organized
Being prepared for large scale events like natural disasters or economic disasters can make you really organized. It’s vital to know where everything you have purchased and prepared is stored, so you can get right to it when you need it.
Prepping Makes Sense
We’ve all been told that failing to plan is planning to fail. By prepping you are taking a proactive role in protecting your family after a crisis or disaster. Even if the big one never happens, you will be ready for things like lengthy power outages, growing your own food, living off the land, or even just surviving off the grid for a time. Even implementing small changes and preparations over several months goes a long way to get your stockpile of supplies ready for anything.
We can all learn some lessons from those who prep, even if they aren’t in a SHTF scenario. There is something to be learned and applied to every living situation. Even those who aren’t concerned with prepping in the extreme sense can start a small emergency stash at home without much effort. It’s always better to have the supplies and not need them than need them and not have them in an emergency.