In this article, you will learn 18 innovative prepper tips for surviving the apocalypse.
When people first begin preparing, they almost always make a few errors. I’m sure I did. They get caught up in the idea of prepping and rush into it without taking the time to plan and think about what they’re preparing for.
Whether you’re a doomsday prepper or someone who just wants to protect your family, this article has something for you.
Read this list of prepper tips that they may have wished they had known before starting to prepare.
Let’s dive in.
1. Start Budgeting
Budgeting is a key aspect of prepping for the apocalypse. It allows you to save money and resources that can be used in case disaster strikes while also ensuring that your normal expenses are covered.
To get started with budgeting, start by writing down your monthly income and any additional sources such as investments or side jobs.
Next, list all regular bills including rent/mortgage payments, utilities and groceries, and estimated amounts spent on entertainment each month (this could include things like going out to eat).
Once those numbers have been determined subtract them from the total amount earned per month to come up with an overall net figure; this number should represent how much extra funds there are available at the end of each pay period which can then go towards saving for emergency supplies or investing into other endeavors related to an apocalypse.
Set aside a portion of these leftover funds strictly for stocking items needed during disasters such as a survival kit, canned food, non-perishables, medical kits, ammunition, firearms, and other survival gear.
This will help ensure everything necessary is accounted for before it’s too late so that when SHTF comes around preparedness won’t become an issue due to lack of funding because proper planning was done early!
Additionally, if possible try boosting savings through thrift shopping at secondhand stores through online auctions, garage sales, flea markets, and more.
2. Spend Slowly
Spend slowly and wisely when preparing for the apocalypse – don’t fall into a false sense of security just because you have stocked up on supplies, as it is important to ensure that your resources are being used efficiently.
Consider stocking up on non-perishable goods such as canned food or dried grains which can be stored for long periods without going bad; these items will prove invaluable in a survival situation where fresh produce may not always be available.
Additionally, try to buy products with multiple uses whenever possible, so you get more bang out of every buck spent prepping!
3. Store a Lot of Water
Water is more vital than food in terms of hydration, and you’ll go through it faster than you think because drinking water needs to be done everyday. You don’t have to buy bottled water to stay hydrated.
You may gather your own water and store it for lengthy periods of time in your garage or basement in collapsible containers or barrels.
4. Diversify Locations
It’s impossible to predict when danger will hit. In the blink of an eye, your whole food storage might be depleted. Place several caches about your area, maintain a get-home bag in each car, and store some supplies at your bug-out site if feasible.
5. Prioritize Skills
You and your family will need training and hands-on experience for each of these. You should also have a great collection of reference materials stored away as well.
6. Don’t Forget Hygiene
Hygiene is crucial in prepping for the societal collapse and should not be overlooked.
When supplies become scarce, maintaining good hygiene can help prevent illnesses that may otherwise deplete valuable resources or even take lives in extreme cases.
Here are some tips to keep you clean:
1.) Stock up on soap and other cleaning products, so you have enough to last during an extended period without access to stores;
2.) Make sure your water supply remains uncontaminated by boiling it before using it for bathing or drinking purposes;
3.) Store extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash as these items will remain essential long after store-bought goods run out;
4.) Launder clothing regularly with hot water if possible – this helps reduce germs from spreading throughout living spaces shared between multiple people; 5) Keep containers full of fresh cotton balls soaked in rubbing alcohol around areas where food is stored – this keeps bugs away while also sanitizing surfaces when necessary.
7. Account for Special Needs
Insulin, glasses, medicine, oxygen, wheelchairs, EpiPens, and other items may require certain persons. Make all of the required preparations for them as soon as possible. This will help with everything from an economic collapse to wilderness survival.
8. Account for Pets
If you have pets, you have two options when considering emergency preparedness: prepare to feed and care for them or abandon them. If you love your pets, make sure you have enough food, water, and other necessities on hand.
Make your decision regarding your pets today, rather than waiting until the last minute, when your emotions are already running wild.
9. Get Your Family Onboard
If you want to be prepared for the apocalypse, getting your family on board with prepping is important.
First and foremost, communicate openly about why you’re preparing in case of an emergency or disaster—explaining exactly what could happen will help them understand where you’re coming from.
Next, talk through any concerns they may have and address those questions head-on by providing facts that back up your beliefs when crises occur such as stockpiling food rations or having multiple sources of communication like walkie-talkies during a natural disaster event.
Once everyone agrees upon goals together then come up with a plan moving forward which should include delegating tasks among each other so no one person has too much responsibility (i.e., who will shop for supplies).
Also, consider involving children in this conversation if applicable; teaching kids essential skills early can give them more confidence later down the line!
10. Get Fit
After just one day of catastrophe, many preparedness enthusiasts will be totally tired. Hiking from one location to another, transporting supplies, fixing broken roofs or windows, and so forth.
If you’re not in good shape, it’ll all wear you out quickly. It’s not as difficult as you would imagine becoming in shape. A half-hour of daily power walking will have a significant effect. Being in shape will not only keep you healthy, but it will also help you survive.
Here is a decent resource for getting fit – https://www.nutrition.gov/topics/exercise-and-fitness
11. Keep your Yap Shut
You don’t want to showcase your possessions. You’ll have a queue of people at your door if when a disaster comes, and you won’t be able to aid them all. So keep your plans to yourself and a small circle of people you trust.
12. Prepare a Get-Home Plan
Many individuals overlook the fact that calamities do not wait until you get home. They can also happen at work, school, or anywhere else.
Do you have a strategy to go home or a location where you can meet up with the rest of your family? Here is an article for starters regarding building a get-home bag.
13. Have a Plan B
Some individuals just expect that they will have to bug out, while others believe that they will be able to bug in. But you have no idea what will happen. You must have a plan A and a plan B in place. Every prepper should probably also have a backup plan for their backup plan.
14. Test Everything
Don’t count on your tools to function well when you need them. You must give them a shot. Also, don’t just keep a bunch of the same tool since you could need a different sort of tool if that one doesn’t work out.
15. Have the Right Everyday Carry
There are many times when trouble strikes, and we have to deal with only what we have on our person and in our pockets.
A BOB is a luxury that might not be with us when the unexpected comes along, so I like to make sure I have a minimum of things on me before I leave the house, even for a trip to the grocery. Here are my recommendations. You can adjust for your own needs:
1.) A multi-tool with a usable knife
2.) A small lighter
3.) A black sharpie
5.) Slim wallet with emergency cash and id cards
6.) Keys, with a small flashlight on a keychain
7.) Other personal protection gear
16. Frequently Check Your Stockpile
Check your supplies and rotate them out when they approach their expiration dates. Stock up on your favorite, long-lasting meals, since if you don’t like something, you won’t eat it.
17. Weigh Your Bags
This ties into testing everything. Put it on and go around the house with it. How long do you think you’ll be able to continue without stopping?
This article on tips to cut out weight from your BOB is a lit of a few of the things you could do if it’s too heavy, which it’s probably going to be.
18. Learn to Use a Radio
Invest in a GMRS/FRS radio. Radio traffic can cause regular CBs to get congested. A reputable brand will also provide encryption, allowing you to conduct private conversations with your family.
It may come with frequencies that require a license, depending on the manufacturer and model. If you do want to use public radio, you can learn how to get a radio license here.
In this article, you learned some commonsense prepper tips. There are no fearmongers here fantasizing about the walking dead, just regular people trying their best to protect themselves, their families, and their comfort and safety, regardless of what occurs down the line.