When you see other people prepping, does it inspire you to want to do the same thing? While you may feel motivated about prepping and saving items for when you might need them the most, there is a possibility that you feel like it’s too late to start prepping. Although you may feel that way, it’s never too late to start prepping.
No matter how old you are or when you decide to get started, you can begin building a stockpile of essentials that will come in handy during emergencies. If you’d like to have access to food, water, and other essential items in emergencies, it’s always a good idea to begin the prepping process.
Don’t Let Others Opinions Get to You
One of the worst things you could do is let the opinions of others get to you. If people are telling you it’s too late to start prepping, don’t listen to them. Unfortunately, there will always be negative people who have something pessimistic to say. However, you don’t have to listen to what they think about you getting involved in prepping.
And, while some people will say it’s too late to get started, others will try to make you believe that prepping is a crazy idea. Some people don’t believe in the idea of building stockpiles for emergencies. If people want to think you’re crazy for doing it, let them think that because you’re the one who will be prepared for natural disasters and other potential problems in the future.
Collect Items While They’re on Sale
Start collecting different items when you can find them on sale. Not sure what you should collect? Well, there are plenty of items that can come in handy when you’re prepping, such as blankets, portable non-electric cooking equipment, batteries, flashlights, and even first-aid kits.
In addition to these essentials, you may also want to begin collecting bottles of water and non-perishable foods that tend to have a long shelf life. You don’t have to drive to the store and grab these items immediately. Instead, focus on collecting what you can when you find the items on sale. It’s the best way to build a stockpile over time without spending a fortune.
Start Learning the Canning Process
You can’t go wrong with learning more about the canning process. There are different ways to start canning fruits, vegetables, and even meats. If you have a garden growing in your backyard, you’ll want to preserve the fruits and vegetables that you’re growing by learning how to put them in jars and can to keep them in excellent condition for an extended period.
And, if you ever have difficulty making it to the store because of shortages and other issues, you’ll feel at ease knowing you have a basement full of canned fruits, veggies, and meats.
Other Ways to Preserve Food
Canning is fantastic but don’t forget there are other viable means of preserving food. I recommend freezing, pickling and dehydrating foods as well.
Begin Working on Your Stockpile
Be sure to start working on your stockpile little by little. When most people hear about preppers, they assume that they’re buying up everything in the store and hoarding items when this isn’t typically the case. Rather than hoarding items, you’re going to grab items here and there that can come in handy during emergencies.
When you’re building the stockpile, be sure to have a safe space for these items, such as multiple shelving units that you can place in the basement or garage. You’ll need a good spot for storing the items you’re collecting to have if an emergency occurs, such as blankets, bottled water, and food.
Make a List of the Items That Are Most Important to Have
If you’re new to prepping, one of the first things you can do is create a list of the items that are most important for you to have. For example, you can create a list based on the first-aid essentials that you feel are most important and the specific cooking equipment you’d like to collect.
Some of the other items on the list may include foods, clothes, and tools that you’d be able to use during different situations. If you don’t know what to add to your list, you can always look online for prepping lists to get ideas for your own list.
Set a Realistic Goal When Prepping
Be sure to set a realistic goal when you decide to start prepping. Some people think they’re going to build a massive stockpile within a few days. However, that rarely happens. The good news is that you don’t have to build this massive stockpile in a few days. There is no rush! A lot of people feel like they need to rush to have the most stuff, and they compare themselves to others who are preparing for emergencies. Don’t bother making comparisons between yourself and others. Instead, focus on what is most important, which is figuring out what you want to add to your stockpile.
Stay Motivated and Keep Up With the Prepping to Reap the Benefits
Don’t forget to stay motivated! It’s easy to get occupied and forget about prepping. Once you get started, it’s best to stick with it. You never know when an emergency can occur, but being prepared for the worst will leave you with peace of mind knowing you can protect your family during the most difficult times.
Not sure how to stay motivated? You can always watch shows on prepping, read articles for advice, and join support groups for preppers that provide a lot of valuable advice. There are many people like you who want to prepare for the worst possible scenario.
Is It Too Late to Start Prepping?
Do you believe that it’s too late to start prepping? While it’s normal to feel that way, it’s never too late to begin prepping. You can start small and collect items while you find them on sale at different stores.
Once you start collecting items, you’ll start to feel more motivated to continue with the prepping while learning new techniques, such as how to begin canning different foods to preserve them and keep them in good condition until you’re ready to use them.