Many preppers are big on having their "bug-out bags" ready to go at all times. Myself included.
But bugging out-- leaving your home for another location you believe would be better-- isn't always the best thing to do. It's almost always better to hunker down, or "bug in", if at all possible. This means staying alert to know when it isn't wise to stay in place anymore.
You can stockpile more supplies and necessities in your home than you could ever carry with you. You could get around this by having your bug out location fully stocked too, but that involves the added expense of stocking two locations rather than one. This is a great idea, but not everyone can afford to but two of everything. Not everyone can afford a "vacation cabin" in a remote area, either.
If you can, by all means, do it. Get a cabin in a good, remote location, make certain you can get there no matter what is going on between home and your bug-out location, and fully stock both houses just in case. And have a bug-out bag by your door or in your vehicle in case the trip hits a snag.
If you're like me and can't afford a bug-out cabin, then do what you can to make your home a fortress and a warehouse of whatever you might need if TSHTF.
Here are my ideas of what to put in a bug-out bag and what to keep in your home for hunkering down: https://www.kentforliberty.com/preparations.html
The slow slide toward collapse is harder on me than a quick implosion would be-- I think (since I've never really experienced an implosion). I hate the waiting.
I'm as ready as I'm probably going to get. The longer this drags on, the more of my preps will need to be refreshed.
My gardening was an utter failure. I will need to rely on the stuff that grows naturally rather than garden foods if the collapse gets to that point this year. I knew that was a possibility because I'm so bad at gardening. So, no real surprise there.
I probably ought to do some work on my bike to get it working better-- but the reason it has problems now is that I did some work on it last year and screwed things up. Doing more work on it might not benefit its functionality the way I hope it would.
I would like to get more firewood. Trees don't grow naturally in this region, so that means buying firewood from those who travel to collect it. I can usually find cheap wood that's not great, but burns. I had an ...
This is a cross-post with my KentForLiberty blog (http://blog.kentforliberty.com/)
As I've said recently, I feel pretty good about the condition of my preps. I've never been better positioned for the S to HTF, even though I don't think my location is ideal since there is no real outdoors (farmland doesn't count) within a couple hundred miles.
But if I had the money there are more things I'd get.
I'd get much more ammo.
I'd get antibiotics packs for everyone in the household from JASE Medical.
I'd get more water containers, sturdy ones, the kind that can stack like bricks as well as a couple of water bobs.
I'd stock up on heritage seeds, even though I'm a terrible gardener.
Even though I believe it's important to reduce dependence on electricity in anticipation of TEOTWAWKI scenarios, I'd still get a solar "generator" and solar panels to charge it.
I'd get a more secure, larger shed, and a sturdy privacy fence around my entire property.
I'd get locking gas caps, and harden my vehicles...
I ran across something I wanted to share with you. You probably already know about it and are laughing at me for being so late to the game. Just in case you don't know, I'll tell you anyway.
I have always stocked dry milk. And I hate it. I can put it in recipes and it's OK, but for anything where you need liquid milk that tastes like milk, it doesn't cut it. Yuck.
However, I recently tried Nido. I had heard about it on another prepper's video and decided to give it a shot.
It is milk, in powder form. It tastes like milk. I've eaten it on cereal, my daughter has drank it, I even let the cats pass judgment. Everyone approves.
The "best by" dates aren't far enough into the future to make me happy-- maybe that can be extended with careful, cool, storage. It's probably a trade-off due to this not being fat-free.
It's not a money-saving thing-- it's going to cost more than fresh milk. But if you don't have a source of milk, or don't have refrigeration, it is a good option to try. At the...