When you first start prepping you want everything RIGHT NOW. You look around your home and see nothing but shortcomings. You don't have enough food, you don't have a wood stove, you have no secondary water source…that's it. You and your family are doomed.
You feel a panicked urgency because you've learned just enough to know that you are NOT prepared. You know that there are all sorts of supplies that you need, but if you're like most of us, you're on a budget. Very few of us can afford to buy everything we need all at once.
Here's a guide
Stop panicking. Take a deep breath. You can devote yourself to getting prepared without breaking the bank.
So if you have to split up your purchases, how do you prioritize your supplies? How can you create a sensible supply quickly before an impending crisis occurs?
The recommendations in this guide for new preppers will help speed you through the preparedness process. Wherever possible, use items that you already have. Consider this a checklist of what you need and fulfill it as you can. In each category there will be a range of options, including some freebies whenever possible, as well as reading material on the subject.
Please keep in mind, the following doesn't provide you with a year's supply of anything. It will get you through most short-term disasters with aplomb, though. Once you have this foundation in place, you can spend time and money building upon it.
Water is near and dear to my heart, so much so that I wrote a book on the topic. (You can find The Prepper's Water Survival Guide HERE.) I always put water at the top of the list, because without it, you'll be dead in 3 short days. The need for an emergency water supply isn't always the result of a down grid disaster. Recently, we tapped into our emergency water when the well pump broke. Some places have had water emergencies when the municipal supply was contaminated by stuff like industrial spills or agricultural run-off. Floods and bad storms can also sometimes cause the water supply to be tainted.
Use containers you have RIGHT NOW and fill them with water from the tap. Put the lid on and stash them away. Don't use milk jugs or juice jugs for drinking water, but you can use them for sanitation water in a pinch. If you can get your hands on some empty, clean 2-liter soda bottles, that will be perfect. We don't drink soda, so we have some of the 1-gallon water bottles from the store.