10 things to buy to prepare right now………really?

10 Things To BuyI get this article sent to me by a friend that talks about 10 things to buy to prepare right now. They want to know what I thought of it. Now, I do enjoy reading what other folks have to say emergency preparedness, it gives me a feel for what is being passed around as advice. Sometimes I am impressed, sometimes I just hang me head and wonder where people come up with this stuff. This article wasn’t bad at all, they just had it somewhat jumbled up in priority order. They probably did not even realize it. Most folks who write about prepping don’t have a firm set of proven prepping principles. Many folks, so-called experts, have good ideas, they just lack a more formal understanding of prepping.

So the article lists these 10 things to buy:

  1. Canning lids, rings, and jars.
  2. Soap in any form: bar soap, body wash, dish soap, laundry detergent, castile soap, all purpose soap, disinfectant soap, etc.
  3. Toilet paper.
  4. Paper, pens, and pencils.
  5. Ammo – whether ammo for guns, arrows for bows, refill cartridges for anything else.
  6. Food that will store well: salt, rice, beans, honey, spices, etc.
  7. First aid items and medicine.
  8. Seeds.
  9. Water.
  10. Reading materials and reference materials.Pondering what kind of incident

The first thing I noticed about this article is the author never stated what kind of incident that these items should be purchased for. Were these items for emergencies, disasters, or grid-down? They also didn’t categorize the items as well. For example; to mitigate medical issues, threat of violence, providing shelter, food, etc. I already mentioned their priority listing was way off.

So let’s re-prioritize them according to what we know are the primary risks/threats for all emergencies, disasters, and grid-down.

Threat of Violence –

  • Ammo

Threat of Injury & Sickness –

  • First aid items and medicine.
  • Soap in any form: bar soap, body wash, dish soap, laundry detergent, castile soap, all purpose
  • Toilet paper.
  • soap, disinfectant soap, etc.

Lack of, or poor, Communications –

  • Paper, pens, and pencils.

Lack of, or poor, Organization –

  • no items listed

Dehydration –

  • Water.

Shelter –

  • no items listed

Food –

  • Food that will store well: salt, rice, beans, honey, spices, etc.
  • Seeds.
  • Canning lids, rings, and jars.

The only item leftover is “reading materials and reference materials.” And I don’t have a category dedicated strictly or solely for those items. I consider those items part of “training” and it applies to each category. So overall the author wasn’t too far off the mark. Actually, each item could round-out existing preps if there were gaps in the categories that the items fall into. But that was never explained. Also, the specific reasoning for purchasing those particular items was never explained as well.

But let’s look at all of this a little more closely…

The author talks about buying ammo but didn’t mention guns, magazines, spare parts, optics, batteries for optics, or anything else that falls into the category of protecting your family from the threat of violence. So yes, buying ammo is a great item for any “buy” list. But…please buy a gun and all the other things that I just mentioned as well as ammo. Once you have all of the above, then keep buying ammo when it is on sale, but only when other higher priority items have been purchased and it is in your budget.

No big issues with the “injury & sickness” category with the exception of grouping the supplies, and having a First Aid Kitpractical way to carry them. Examples would be: IFAK, TBAK, etc. It is nice to have medical supplies, but without having them readily available and transportable in the right configuration, you will suffer a whole lot when they are urgently needed.

The “communications” category was fine with the writing materials. However, there was no mention of any kind of radio equipment or anything to power that equipment (i.e. batteries, chargers, etc.).

There was no mention of “organization” at all in her “buy list” article. That’s OK, no biggie. Virtually no prepper adviser out there on the Internet understands the absolute necessity of an effective and efficient organization for incidents. It is not a matter of malice, it is a matter of lack of training and experience.

She talks about buying water. Well, that is nice, but then what? Are you going to buy enough water for a couple years, or some other random length of time? And you are going to assume that the water will stay safe the whole time it is stored? What I am getting at is there was no mention of purchasing any kind of filtration or purification items. That is a major flaw!

There is also not a single mention of buying any kind of shelter items. Again, major flaw! You can have purchase all the water in the world but you may still die from exposure.

Her food category was probably the best, and I liked it. I noticed with great satisfaction that she included spices and Cannerseeds in her list of things to buy. Bravo!!! The canning supplies was a great addition as well. I would have liked to have seen her throw in spare parts for her canner, or a second canner as well.

So why the heck am I writing an article about an article that someone else wrote? Come on now…think about it, I’ve done it before.

I want you, my website visitors, to be the best prepared and the best organized preppers out there in the cold hard world. I want you to understand the principles, precepts, and “rules” of prepping. Why?

Let’s say you lost all of your preps before an incident even occurred. What would you do first, buy first, barter for first, to rebuild your preps?

Let’s say that after an incident you had all your preps stolen. What would you do first, buy first, barter for first, and scavenge for first to rebuild your preps?

Let’s say you maintained procession of your preps before, during, and after an incident. As you go scavenging, find Scavengingothers to barter with, etc…Would you know how to prioritize the items that became available to you? Would you be bartering for an extra tent before you have seeds for growing next year’s food? Or, trading first aid supplies for a water filtration system?

You have to not only know the value of an item to someone else, you must know the relative value of any item to your own situation. And the only way to competently assess the value of any prep item is to understand the priority system to categorize risks and threats. And then throwing the “layering” system on top of that ensures that you will always the true value of any prep item to your situation at any given moment in time.

Let me give you a working example. You have lots of ammo stored, I mean plenty of it. But, your ceramic water filter system takes ceramic replacement filters. And all of yours got broken when some knucklehead dropped the one box that had all 10 of the extra filters in it. But, you have made contact with a group that has the same filter system and they have indicated to you that they have plenty of spare filters.

At this point they are totally in control of the trade, they have something you desperately need. They can pretty grid-down Barteringmuch set the “price” you must pay. But, you are shrewd and understand what I’ve been talking about in this article. Through conversation you find out that their primary hunting and long-range defense rifle, a .308, is running low on ammunition. You have 4000 rounds of .308 ammo stored away. Now the bartering just got more equal.

You can explain to them the importance of protecting their group against the threat and risk of violence. You explain to them why it is the #1 priority because…

They see the logic and wisdom in your explanation.

What just happened?

The ammo you have now just became as valuable to them as their replacement water filter is to you. It comes out as a “win-win” situation and you just laid the groundwork for more bartering and cooperation. The bartering/trading just became an equal endeavor.

As a more minor point to the article, I wanted to make sure you were able to read all prepping articles with a critical eye. Judge all prepping information against the principles and rules that you know are valid. That will help prevent you from getting off track and diverted down some “fad” path.

Now, go forth and do good things!




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