Prepping on a Budget
A huge part of the population suffers when disasters hit our planet. Disasters are genuinely unpredictable. Hurricanes, tsunamis, or floods are only a few of the calamities that can interfere with people’s lives. Prepping on a budget is a doable thing for everyone, but it takes the correct planning and resources to do correctly.
Unfortunately, not only do natural catastrophes exist; terrorist attacks, wars, strikes, and economic disintegration are other cruel tragedies that can occur. We all hope we never get to live these kinds of situations, but it is our duty to prepare ourselves in the best way possible.
Preparing for something becomes such a common thing, we don’t even realize we do it. There are many moments: getting ready for work next week, planning a vacation, organizing events, debating what, and when to clean.
From the most absurd moments you could think about to the biggest ones, preparation is fundamental. Therefore, preparing for a potential disaster is mandatory.
Prepping isn’t an easy thing to do, so you might need help. But don’t think it’s going to drain your bank account. There are a few easy steps to follow that will keep you organized on a budget.
Your No. 1 priority should be the essential elements needed to survive in any scenario: water and food.
Water is pretty easy to find almost anywhere in the world. Larger volumes are available too, and the costs are not that high. Also, storing it is undemanding.
In some cases, water filters might come handy, so if you can, purchase one. In the long term, it is worth the money. A third choice can be purifying tablets.
They don’t cost as much as you’d think. Preparations for boiling questionable water should be available: a pan and a heat source to ensure the water's safeness to drink or cook with.
Food is the one piece of the solution you don’t want to get cheap with. Staying healthy, getting all the vitamins your body needs is essential. You have great options: buying frozen or canned goods. For cans, the expiration dates usually are longer, allowing you to open the cans even after a few years.
You have various options, from soups to vegetables, fruits, and even meat. If you organize, you can compare products and buy the cheaper, or when they are on sale, but be careful and also pay attention to the quality and the expiration dates. Spending money on nutritious food isn’t too much to ask.
A harder part is keeping only your indispensable supplies. We all know that sometimes it is hard choosing what to keep and what to throw away. This situation is similar. You need to identify which products are mandatory to have, which are adaptable and which ones are just not needed.
Some cheap supplies that you’ll need are a first aid kit, pocket knife, cordage, duct tape (can be used in numerous ways), a lighter, soap or hand sanitizer, flashlight.
If you think about it, most of these objects you can already find in your home. In case you need to acquire them, they are cheaper than expected. If you want to make sure you won’t exceed your budget limit, visit different stores, and try to get the best deals.
Purchasing your supply in advance will give you a head start. When a crisis comes, it is undoubtedly hard to find everything you want or need.
An element we are bound to forget are personal documents. After the crisis is over, we will need them to restart our lives. You should remember to take all your necessary papers and perhaps even make copies of them, in case damage happens to the originals.
Then, you can place the copies in different places around the house, your car, and in all places that are easy to access.
There is another prime fragment we must not forget: shelter. The best way to be sure you’ll have an escape plan is to try to have a bug-out plan in place. This can be an apartment or a house in which you don’t actually live in. It is bought and kept for crisis moments.
Another plan would be to identify relatives or friends you could stay with in an emergency, until other arrangements can be made.
Often communities will open schools or churches to serve as shelters for people who are not able to remain in their homes due to a disaster. You will usually be advised when one of these shelters opens in your community for people in need.
Consider camping, and everything you need to set up a temporary shelter. A good sized tent, with the necessary comforts such as pillows and blankets to keep you warm. You are looking to protect yourself from the elements.
Make a List
To better organize everything that you need, making a list will be helpful. You will see more clearly what objects you can dispose of and what else you need to add to your current supplies.
You can go even further and make a list of the procedures you need to follow, and what you need to take with you if you should have to evacuate.
If and when the time comes, this list will be just like a map for you. You’ll have everything in front of you, all you need to do is check things off your list.
Prepping on a budget might seem complicated at first glance. However, it is all about patience, order, and learning. If you begin to prepare immediately, you’ll eventually get to the point where you have everything you need to survive a disaster. Low-priced items can be found all around, all it takes is looking for them.