Homesteading Preppers 8 Tweaks to Prepare
Whether you or not you believe in EMPs, the dollar collapse or other apocalyptic scenarios, one thing is clear: you should prepare. But how do you do it without people judging you? How do you do it without changing your lifestyle or moving to a more secure location?
Great news: if you’re a homesteader, you can scale up your efforts to be a lot better prepared than most people. The transition is easy because the things you’re already doing are going to be of tremendous help should a long-term emergency occur.
First thing’s first…
Stock up on more items to grow, process and consume your food
If you’re a pro, you already have a lot of things to be more productive. Well, in a long-term disaster, buying these items will be hard, either because of sky-high inflation or simply because they won’t be available.
So why not start buying more than you need? You get discounts for bulk purchases and you can start with cheap items that are essential to both homesteading and survival:
- knives and axes
- mortar and pestle (these are great for survival because they don’t require electricity)
- buckets and barrels
- gardening tools
- 1 or 2 extra wagons
…to put it shortly get anything that you use all the time that’s not too expensive, because they’re easy to fit into your budget.
Start stocking up food supplies
While preppers tend to take things to the extreme, you don’t have to. A 1 year stockpile is a bit too much and requires a lot of spare room and maintenance, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stockpile at all.
Ask yourself: if you’d be unable to purchase extra food and water, how long would you and your family be able to survive?
It’s easy to build a survival stockpile because – surprise, surprise – the best survival foods are the ones you’re already growing! Rice, pasta, beans and honey are just a few of the food staples with a very long shelf life that you may be eating daily right now. MREs and survival foods are actually poor choices, so don’t worry about them.
You can transition to aquaponics or permaculture
If you’re a gardener, it’s not going to be that hard. Aquaponics allows you to grow food indoors, where looters and hungry mobs won’t get to, while permaculture allows you to “hide your garden in plain sight”. Many gardeners admit they’ve already been using permaculture practices, so the transition will not be hard.
Taking care of your water needs
You can live up to 3 weeks without food but only up to 3 days without water. As a homesteader, surely you have the means to
- stockpile water in barrels, and
- have renewable water sources on your property (a well and/or a rainwater harvesting system)
Prepare to bug in
Bugging in refers to the scenario where you hunker down inside your home in case of a disaster. Really easy for you to do since you already have the food and hopefully water issues taken care of.
Some of the other things to consider are communications, home protection and taking care of medical issues at home. You should also have some form of alternative energy, whether it’s solar panels or a wind turbine.
Go old school
If you’ve been using an electrical bread machine to make your own bread, why not go old school and bake it inside the oven? It should be easy for you since you already have experience. Learning these “lost” skills will take some time but it’ll be fun AND it will get you more prepared.
Make homemade versions of the things you’re buying
This will not only get you prepped but save you money. Some of the things you can make at home include shampoo, hand sanitizer, soap, tooth paste and so on.
Not really a tweak but you can learn new skills
If you’re already focused on certain aspects of homesteading, why not take the plunge and learn some new skills that will also aid your survival? Woodworking, raising farm animals, homeschooling, playing with essential oils, fishing, hunting, skinning animals, making medicine out of certain plants, making cheese and much, much more.
No final words, really, just a question: how many of these things are you willing to try? Let us know in a comment below.
Dan F. Sullivan