There is a lot of information out there about how to prepare for a SHTF situation, but, if you just accept what you read without thinking about it, you could be making a huge mistake. Why? Because you have to understand when that information applies… and when it doesn’t.
So, to bring some perspective to the discussion, here are 6 common mistakes that preppers and would-be preppers make, according to Chris Black:
1. Thinking that you need to head to the wilderness no matter what when the SHTF. – Why is this a bad idea? Well, first of all, many who think this don’t know how to survive in the wilderness. Their wilderness training is watching reruns of “Grizzly Adams” on television. Sometimes the situation may call for staying in town. And for the other times? Get some real training and experience surviving in the wild before your life depends on you being able to do it.
2. Always drinking water from big rivers. – If you think about it, this should be obvious. Even large rivers can be contaminated. Filter and purify any water that you drink.
3. Suturing wounds in the wild. – Again, this comes down to training. Remember that head knowledge is different from actually doing something, even in a simulated environment. To suture a wound, you need the right materials and you need to know how to use them. Don’t be unprepared about having what you need and knowing how to use it.
4. Thinking a knife is the end-all, be-all of survival tools. – Are knives incredibly useful? Yes. Should you have one in a survival situation? Yes. And a way to sharpen it, too, but a knife won’t substitute for a medical kit or a way to start a fire. You need more than just a knife, even if your name really is MacGyver.
5. On the flip side, thinking that you need to bring every possible item for every possible situation. – Too much stuff means that you can’t move when you need to. Be practical about it. What will you most likely need most often? Bring that stuff.
6. Thinking animal repellent is all you need for protection from animals. – Use some common sense. If a carnivorous animal is hungry, what you cook is going to attract them… if you haven’t already. Animal repellents don’t work perfectly on every animal just like pepper spray doesn’t stop every person with bad intentions. Use other precautions, too.
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