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We posted on our Facebook page:
When you first started getting into prepping, with what items did you start with and how?
Some comments we received:
Comment #1: Common survival items I acquired this year.. backpack, knife, firestarters, stove, gun, lantern, flashlights, books, etc.. too many to list! Getting there!
Comment #2: Water, try to keep my gas tank at least half full, bought an extra bag of dog food in reserve and rotate it out. Already had bunches of camping and backpacking gear for recreation.
Comment #3: Started with stocking up water, specifically those larger gallon jugs at the grocery store. Everything else is secondary, without water you die within a couple days. Also picked up items to purify and collect water when the stock runs out.
Comment #4: To each his own. I’m not really into ‘prepping’, but working on primitive skills. You can collect and carry tons of food and modern convenience which will eventually run out/break/spoil…or you can learn to live off the land and hone old skills that only need natural materials. I do have a small BOB with modern tools that will give me an edge in a survival situation (knives, 550 Cord, matches, etc.) But once those wear out/disappear, I’ll have the knowledge base and experience to fill those needs with materials off the landscape. Or so i hope.
Comment #5: First Aid!! I spoke to my brother (a doctor), my aunt (a registered nurse, and my cousin (a EMT), and asked what would they want available during and after an event? They all agreed that one of the biggest problems is that they have skills but very few actual medical supplies on hand at an event.