Prepping is a difficult journey for everyone who embarks on it.
It’s a lifestyle change that not all people are cut out for.
For those taking the steps to be survivalists, these are three essential questions you need to ask yourself.
It goes without saying that survivalism requires a lot of planning.
There are endless amounts of considerations to make in terms of methods and supplies.
But more important than that are big fundamental issues that need to be tackled first.
- Why am I doing this?
Prepping isn’t for the faint of heart.
Even the most optimistic survivalist understands that disaster could be right around the corner.
Others expect a disaster.
And some have already lived through disasters.
Before heading down this journey, make sure you have a practical approach otherwise, you’re just a hobbyist.
There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s a difference between camping or hiking, and preparing to hunker down for a month during a crisis.
True survivalism will require lots of time and energy.
It can take years to develop the necessary skills to survive a catastrophe.
And depending on your budget, it could take that long to accumulate the requisite resources to sustain you through a crisis.
- Do I have people I can trust?
This might be the most important question.
Human beings are social species that need fellow human interaction.
Even the most independent-minded person needs to have a connection.
Without human interaction, mental health and life expectancy plummet dramatically.
A life of utter solitude is not worth living.
That’s why it’s best to begin prepping with at least a few people you can trust.
You need people who, at a minimum, understand what you’re trying to do.
And optimally, you want a tight-knit group of people who are as enthusiastic about prepping as you are.
Some people may view you with skepticism.
If that’s the case, don’t try to push your lifestyle on them.
It’s best not to talk about it with them.
But finding like-minded people will make your journey so much more rewarding and achievable.
- Am I in it for the long haul?
Survivalism is a lifestyle change, not a weekend activity.
If you approach it with that casual attitude, you won’t be properly prepared if there’s a true emergency.
You won’t know how to prepare for home intruders.
You won’t know which plants and fruits are edible in the wild.
You’ll be caught off-guard when a tornado sweeps through your town.
These scenarios—and many more—require meticulous thought and planning.
And that can be stressful, particularly if you’ve already got a lot on your plate.
If prepping is adding too much undue stress, ask yourself if you truly want to commit to it as a new way of life.
It might feel fun and exciting at first, but that sensation will likely wear off.
Will you still be committed to weekend readiness exercises after a long work week?
Do you want to spend money on prepping instead of something recreational?
It’s best to set your limits going in so you’ll have an idea of what you’re willing to endure.