Prepping 101: Three important lessons for beginners
By Darnel Fernandez // Nov 29, 2019

Prepping isn't exactly an easy task, especially for a rookie. A lot of newbies often rush into things and get caught up with the idea of prepping without taking the time to plan out their actions, leading to plenty of mistakes in the long run. But making mistakes isn't exclusive to beginners – even veteran preppers overlook things every now and then. Ultimately, adopting a prepping lifestyle requires knowledge and careful planning, especially in the case of beginners. (h/t to


Things you should know before you start the prepper journey

Prepping is defined as planning and preparing for emergencies and disasters by storing supplies to last you through them. Regardless of the situation you're prepping for, proper preparation helps prevent poor performance on your part. Don't waste your time, supplies, money and energy by committing the same mistakes many other preppers have done in the past. Here are some beginner tips you should know before getting into the prepper lifestyle.

Knowing without executing is not the prepper way

Learning as much as you can about survival tricks and techniques is a good first step into your prepping life. There are plenty of resource material available from both the local library and online for you to enrich yourself in the prepping knowledge people willingly pass on. However, all the reading and researching will be for naught if you can't properly execute the concepts and strategies you've read about. You can study a large variety of things, from outdoor survival strategies to livestock care, but you might find yourself frustrated and confounded because skills learned through reading alone won't translate well to real life scenarios without hands-on experience.

Keep the fantasy in fiction books

Prepping for an apocalyptic event like a nuclear warfare or any end-of-days occurrence may be an interesting concept for aspiring preppers. But you're more likely to encounter mundane disasters throughout the course of your lifetime. In fact, you might actually live out your entire life without experiencing even one world-shattering event. This puts emphasis on learning basic and general skills that can help you in a variety of common emergencies and other such situations. These can range from first-aid skills to hand-to-hand self-defense techniques. (Related: Prepper hacks: 20 Tips for surviving the next chaotic situation.)

Maintain physical fitness

You don't need massive muscles and toned legs to be considered "fit" enough to prepare and survive a disaster situation. Looking fit and being fit are two completely different things. One of the first tools you can use in any survival situation is your own body. It is also considered your first weapon when facing any threat. Letting it deteriorate will be detrimental to your survival plans. In many situations, you might find yourself carrying heavy objects, running for your life or even fighting off attackers. Getting fit is your one way ticket to staying alive.

Planning for basic survival is a continuous process that requires careful preparation. These three tips may help lead you on the right path toward becoming a skilled prepper. For more tips and tricks for surviving an emergency, visit

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