One of the most important things to think about, prepping wise, is where you live.
In case of a grid-down situation where there's no electricity, no piped-in potable water, no natural gas, etc., is your home livable?
Are you surrounded by hordes of irresponsible people who will loot and burn you out?
Can you garden and/or hunt near home?
Are there trees to burn for fuel, wild edibles growing naturally nearby, good neighbors you won't have to fight off?
If your area has problems, consider moving or working to fix those problems.
Where I live there is no surface water. None. No streams, rivers, permanent ponds, nor lakes. There are temporary ponds ("playas" ) after a big rain, but it hasn't rained here in several months. This is a big issue.
There is nothing like this within a couple hours' drive.
I should move somewhere more realistic, but due to family commitments, I won't. For now.
Some people who live in less-than-ideal places have a "bug-out" location. A cabin in the woods or something similar. They plan on "bugging out" if they need to. Planning to get to their location is a big part of their prepping. I believe it is better to "hunker down" or "bug in" if possible, just to eliminate the dangers of a trip when things have already hit the fan.
Look realistically at your home and the area surrounding it.
If you need to move and can do so, at least consider it. If you can't, what can you do to make up for the problems you'd find yourself facing if TSHTF ("The S**t Hit The Fan" )?
If you focus only on guns and ammo, you are not prepared. If you focus only on stockpiling food, you are not prepared. If your focus is too narrow on anything, you are not prepared.
Prepping means you are trying to be ready for whatever comes. You don't know if it will be a xombie apocalypse or just a supply chain collapse. You have to be ready for either one-- and both at the same time. You have to be ready for a failure of anything you need for survival, without regard to "why"-- just that it is happening.
You can't foresee everything that might cause there to be no food available to buy, but you can do things to make sure you'll be OK. You can't predict what might cause hordes of predatory creatures to swarm your property, but you can be ready to defend against them, whoever and whyever they are there. You can't know for sure why there's no electricity in the grid, but you can make sure it's not a problem for you.
Prepping is the responsible thing to do. If you are prepared you ...
You don't have to outrun the bear; you only have to outrun your hiking companion.
Yeah, that's a cynical way to look at it, but there's truth in it.
With prepping (in the event of TEOTWAWKI), you may not have to survive on your preps until you are 90 years old, just outlast those who didn't prep. Once they die off, survival may get easier.
I know-- it would be great if you were able to keep everyone alive into the distant future. But that's just not going to be possible, is it?
Once the marauders and beggars have Darwinized themselves out of the population, it will be easier to grow your own food. You'll only have to worry about deer and raccoons, not Naked Apes (which is a really good book by Desmond Morris, by the way).
So, while it would be nice to have preps to last until you die of old age, and be self-sufficiently growing your own food, making your own soap and cloth (or buckskin), realistically, at least have enough to outlast those who would be the biggest threat to your ...
I've been doing something non-prepping this past week. Maybe even anti-prepping, as in it may be a step backward.
I rescued a kitten who found me along my morning walk. He was about 5 weeks old, sick and starving, and was barely able to come toward me. I couldn't ignore his cries for help.
So I've been spending money I don't have to spare-- and just about all my spare time and energy-- bringing him back.
And it's working.
He's still got a respiratory infection and eye infections, but I've got him on antibiotics and he's improving. He's eating and playing really well. No longer is he skin and bones; I can pet him without feeling every vertebra and rib.
Sometimes you've got to do the right thing even if it's not smart.
If anyone wants to chip in for kitten medicines and food, you can find ways on the side bar of my main blog: https://blog.kentforliberty.com/2021/08/kitten-update-2.html