Prepping Basics

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Preppers, also known as survivalists, are a growing segment of the population who are regularly preparing for emergencies.  These emergencies could include anything from natural disasters, like earthquakes or floods,to political and social disruptions on a local or international scale.  Preppers work towards building a stock pile of necessary items, like non perishable foods, water, first aid, survival gear, and personal hygiene products. Survivalists are often training in self defence, building shelter,  and first aid so that they can survive a catastrophic event.

I am not saying that you need to start digging a bomb shelter in your backyard and boarding up all the windows, but it is wise to have a plan in place in case there is an emergency situation and you need to stay home to be safe.  With some simple strategies and planning, you can ensure your family stays secure and healthy.

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Get Started With the Basics

Here is what you can do now to prepare for  72 hours in an emergency;

  • Water – you will need 4 litres (1 gallon) of water per person per dayEmergency bag
  • Flashlight and battery powered radio, and don’t forget the batteries!
  • Non-Perishable foods, including foods for babies and pets
  • Can opener
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • First aid kit
  • Candles
  • Pocket Knife
  • Blankets and thermal blankets
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Medications and personal hygiene products
  • Toilet paper!
  • Change of clothes
  • Out door clothes
  • Cash and credit cards
  • List of emergency contacts

Each person in the household should have their own duffel bag with these items stored in a safe, dry place that is easy to access.  Items should be checked every 6 months or so to ensure that the food, water and medications are not expired.  This kit will work well if you need to stay in your home, or evacuate the area and ensure you have what you need to get through the next 72 hours.

If you have any questions about setting your 72 hour emergency kit, or have any suggestions for other items that could be included in the bag, drop me a comment in the box below 🙂






  1. Working women should always have a pair of walking shoes in the car. Heels or even low heeled strappy sandals will not be good if you have to walk to get back home.

    • Good point! Heels and getting stranded would be a disaster! I am pretty sure I have a pair of shoes for any occasion in my trunk!

  2. Great article on the survival pack! Its hard to imagine if the power did go out for an unknown amount of time how many of us would not be prepared. I know i wouldn’t. I enjoyed the read I think i might get some things together and put them somewhere safe, just in case.

    • It doesn’t hurt the be prepared! I live on the 19th floor in my condo, and I would hate to have to walk up that many stairs if I needed to get supplies during a power outage. I recommend having a 3 day emergency kit which should get you through the first three days. You can also cook alot of your perishables first so that you are not wasting any of your food.

  3. Anti-preppers?? What could be anti-prepping? LOL. Same folks the will be coming arnuod asking for your help. Nice kit. I wonder what the inclimate weather will do to that box over time. I suppose if you keep it greased, it will be fine. I use a slice of tube to keep my fire kit together. Stuff burns great. I like the kit and I hope nobody walks up on it and pilfers through it. Can’t wait to see you out camping again soon. Nice job bro!

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