Mind of a Prepper

Always be prepared for any emergency!

Welcome to a site that dedicates itself to the mindset of always be as prepared as possible for all possible emergencies. Now within that mindset, we preach to our readers to try and understand themselves and their limitations along with what would be the most likely emergency situation you or your family could experience. In my opinion, [it will most likely be a natural disaster] rather than an unnatural disaster. That is why I tend to optimize my emergency kit and bugout bag for that particular disaster scenario.

Being prepared for disaster situations is more than zombie killer weapons and canned food. As glamorous as that, in the real-life situations, those things will do you very little good. In a lot of cases, they could actually slow you down and lower your chances of survival. So to stay true to our mindset, we try to include as much information as possible about as many different types of emergencies and disaster situations that you or your family could experience.

A fireman fighting a fire resulting from a plan crash
A firefighter responding to a crashed airplane

[Survival Tips and Tricks]

[Survival Tip #1] Immediate needs are (Air, Water, Food, Shelter, Fire) 

The most basic and fundamental survivalist checklist always start with the 5 basics. the obvious ones are Air, Water, and food. We have a saying in the survivalist niche and that is called the (3,3,30 rule). Your absolute immediate needs mean that you can not go more than (3-minutes without air)(3-days without water) and (30-days without food). After the 3 most important you have the final 2 items to fulfill your immediate need for survival and that is Shelter and Fire. Those 5 rules round out your immediate needs. Once you have those handled you are then cleared to move on to the rest of your survival plane.

The 3, 3, 30 Rule

 I understand that within each one of these tips is an entire set of specific skills and require a blog for each and every one. But with that said this is a good all-around set of tips to create a very basic checklist.  If we know our immediate needs. Then we know what is most important to us and what emergency items go in the emergency kit or bugout bag first. Those survival items also usually get the lions share of the budget. Because they also tend to be the most high-quality pieces of survival gear that you will own. The reason for this is they will probably be the most used item out of all of your gear.

Which brings us to our emergency kit aka the bugout bag. We break down every group of items that we believe should be a priority in your bugout bag. We take things like your basic flashlight. Everybody knows that you should have some sort of light in your survival kit but what kind of light. There are so many types of survival flashlights on the market we try to break down the pros and cons of each one. We also include flashlights that have unique features that the other ones don’t have. This way you get a better sense of the piece of survival gear that you are looking to buy.

[Survival Tip #2] Know your needs and take inventory!

Don’t let this be your survival kit!

You have to know what your families and your needs are to begin to plan for your survival procedures. For instance, my daughter has asthma so I always have 120 days worth of inhalers on hand. I tend to overcompensate so every single emergency kit has at least a 60 day supply. So if one of your loved ones has a need that goes beyond the standard emergency situation.  Make sure that you recognize that and include that in whatever survival plan and bugout bag that you create.

The second part of that survival tip is that after you understand your families needs. You must take inventory of your gear! In a lot of ways knowing what you have is the first part of knowing what you need. So after you figure out your emergency strategies make sure that you have the emergency equipment to go along with your plan. That way you will be able to see where your holes are in your gear. That will make it much easier to complete your emergency kit. Instead of trying to just guess what you have. You will have a complete inventory of what you have and what you need to save your family. Then you can get to shopping and start checking off those items on your list one at a time.

On our review pages, you can get a great idea of the 1 or 2 items that you are missing in your survival kit. Even if you don’t buy anything you can follow the links to Amazon and look at the other items that Amazon offers. After all, they are the largest supplier of emergency and survival equipment in the world.

[Survival Tip #3] Check your survival plans and gear regularly!

A kid kneeled over and fixing his motor scooter
Don’t wait until the end to realize it’s broken.

Making sure your gear works is just as crucial as owning the gear in the first place. I suggest at least 4 times per year you take a few hours and go through and at the very least take inventory of each item. You should make a visual and physical inspection of every survival tool you have. So that means grab that emergency crank flashlight and take a good look at it and make sure there is no physical damage. Then you are gonna want to test the piece of equipment if it is digital or battery operated.

Some items do not need to be inspected everytime you do your quarterly check of your bugout bag. Things like your knife,  poncho, or hammocks things like that. Because if you pack your bag like I do those kinds of things are usually at the very bottom of the bag. I like to keep the survival items that I would need access to on a more regular basis toward the top for the ease of access.

Check Your Gear

But no matter what, make the time to check your gear. You do not want to be reliant on a certain product and find out at the most crucial moment in your life that the life-saving piece of survival item you need does not work or is malfunctioning. And why spend all the time and money on your survival to realize in the worst of time it was for nothing. Even worse, you are actually left with nothing and now your odds of survival have gone down drastically.

So do not wait to pull out that generator that you own. That you have been thinking about converting with a natural gas conversion kit. Actually, take the day and get it done. You could provide a true game changer if the time ever comes where you actually need it.

Don’t forget your emergency survival family plan

Just as important as checking your gear is checking and updating your families survival plan. You must check your families survival plan to make sure all of your routes are still available. Sometimes people move or change their phone number so the meetup locations and contact numbers might need to be updated. These are very important because as soon as you know that your immediate family is ok the very next thing you do is realize all the family members that are not with you at that moment. At that point contacting them become paramount. Which leads us to the next good survival tip.

[Survival Tip #4] Have backup methods of communicating.

Be this guy

In true crises situation, the cold hard fact is that the cell towers will be overloaded and nobody will be able to make a cellphone call. It has happened multiple times in many situations. So do not rely on your cell phone as your only form of contacting your loved ones during a survival situation. You want to make sure you have multiple options. I personally have a landline phone still. In an emergency situation, you can still use your house phone. As long as it is not a digital phone (in case your power is out) the phone jack provides enough power for the old basic phones needed to make calls. Most people will not have a home phone so these lines will not be overloaded and should be open for business.

The Ultimate Piece of communication gear

The ultimate piece of communication gear is a SAT phone. This phone uses satellites that orbit the earth for its communication lines. So you are able to make a call no matter where you are in the world and no matter what the level the infrastructure around you is at that moment. Some handheld GPS units also use the satellite infrastructure. The bad side is it they both are powered by a battery. But as long as you have solar panels or a hand crank flashlight/radio you will be good to go on a permanent basis.

Just like in any situation throughout our lives, the gear makes the difference. The equipment that we chose for ourselves is going to either increase our odds of survival or decrease our odds of survival. The quality of that equipment is going to determine how much your odds increase or decrease in that survival situation. So you have to make some real decisions in choosing the best form of backup communication your family uses. If you have a large budget then you can have a SAT phone in every bag. If you’re like me, I am still working on my first SAT phone. But I will do a review on them as soon as I purchase mine and it will be epic.

[Survival Tip #5] Stay calm! Think your way through one situation at a time.

a person not staying calm in a survival situation
Don’t be this guy

“Our minds get tired and they overload in stressful situations”

Staying calm in emergency situations can be the difference between survival and not surviving. So many times we overlook the simple things that were right there and could have saved the day or possibly saved a life. But because they were overtaken by emotion and where not able to think clearly the missed the easy fix.

We all have experienced this in some way. Usually, it manifests itself in the form of us getting frustrated while doing a certain task over and over again only to continually struggle and fail. So we walk away from that task and take a break. Usually, we go have lunch and a beer…… I meant soda. Then when we come back refreshed mentally and emotionally and attempt the task again. Usually, we find the same task that we had been working on for an hour just took me 5 min to complete. This happens because our minds to get tired and the do overload.

This happens because [our minds get tired and they overload in stressful situations]. By keeping ourselves calm in these high-stress situations we are keeping our mind from overloading. We will be able to think clearly and increasing your odds of survival exponentially. Some good survival tips for this is to take 3 seconds to breathe and assess the situation. Then take another deep breath, exhale then start taking control of the emergency situation that is in front of you.