Are you brand-new to the prepper lifestyle? If so, congratulations. You’re about to embark on an eye-opening journey, and you’ll keep your family safer.
A time might come when you find yourself without power for days or even weeks due to a natural disaster. If that should occur, are you prepared? That’s the benefit of keeping emergency supplies on hand at all times.
Yet, you probably don’t know where to start if you’re new to this. That’s why every hunter should read this list of what you’ll need to buy for the prepper lifestyle.
Clean Drinking Water
You’ll need a supply of clean water if you want to survive a disaster. A good rule of thumb is to keep two weeks’ worth of bottled water on hand.
To calculate how much you need, assign two gallons a day per person. One gallon may suffice, but it’s crucial not to skimp here. Beyond drinking it, you’ll need water for cleaning dishes and bathing.
If the disaster is more of a long-term situation, a stock of bottled water won’t cut it. You’ll need a way to purify water so you can have an indefinite supply. Make sure you have water filters, purification tablets, or a way to boil your water.
Two Weeks’ Worth of Food
Stock up on food that you can store and carry without a refrigerator. Some examples include canned food, pasta, peanut butter, boxed meals, protein bars, and dried meat like jerky.
Make sure your stockpile has at least two weeks’ worth of food. That way, if you should find yourself without power or get snowed in, you’ll have plenty to eat.
The last thing you want is an ample supply of canned food with no way to open cans. It’s possible to open canned food without an opener, but it’s difficult and leads to waste.
Always make sure to have at least two old-fashioned can openers on hand. Also, knives are handy tools because you can hunt with them, cut rope, and more.
Camp Stove and Cookware
Since you’ll want a way to cook any food you find, a camp stove and some cookware (pots, skillets, Dutch ovens) are what you need. In addition, you’ll need some form of emergency shelter.
If your area gets evacuated and there are no hotels, then it’s time for you to rough it out with tents and sleeping bags. Another necessity is a way for you to start a fire. It’s a good idea to carry more than one fire-starter, such as a lighter, matches, and a knife and flint.
Although this list is by no means all the equipment you should have, it’s still a solid foundation for what you’ll need to buy for the prepper lifestyle. Now that you know what you need, happy prepping and happy hunting!
Wes White represents the collective — yet individual — voice of the Western Whitetail editorial staff.