The Prepper's Christmas List Nov 30,2018

Fundamentals ( Planning )


Prepping for Christmas – A Prepper’s Guide to your Christmas Shopping

 

Once the Turkey has been served and the football games are over – American gets in the Christmas shopping mode and preppers should be thinking about what you need to get to round out your prep quotient.  This is a good time to take advantage of sales for those things that you wanted to get but haven’t yet and it is also a good time to sprinkle some basic prepper items among friends and family that you care about.  We will be sending out our 12 Days of Christmas Stocking Stuffers again this year but we also wanted to give some general advise and how to survive the holidays and to some targeted purchases for your specific needs.

First things first – assess where you are at in your desired preps.  What is / are the scenario(s) that you want to be ready for?  A short-term event like a Home Invasion or Active Shooter?  A 3-day to 3-week power outage?  Hurricane season, Tornadoes, Wild Fires, Earthquakes?  I am going to suggest you make a simple table and reference the type of event versus the duration.  Something like:

   

Duration

Category

Topic

3- hour

3-day

3-week

3-month

3-year

Sustenance

Water

 

 

 

 

 

Food

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking

 

 

 

 

 

Shelter

Structures

 

 

 

 

 

Clothing

 

 

 

 

 

Heat

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

 

 

 

 

Defense

H2H

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Lethal

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Ballistic

 

 

 

 

 

Firearms

 

 

 

 

 

Asymmetric

 

 

 

 

 

Medical

Hygiene

 

 

 

 

 

Prevention

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental

 

 

 

 

 

First Aid

 

 

 

 

 

Triage

 

 

 

 

 

Mobility

Physical or Mechanical

 

 

 

 

 

Vehicular

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

Communications

 

 

 

 

 

Special   Scenarios

Home Intrusion or Active Shooter

 

 

 

 

 

Local Weather Events (short duration)

 

 

 

 

 

Regional Wthr Events (longer duration)

 

 

 

 

 

CRBN

 

 

 

 

 

TEOTWAWKI

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you can assess where you think you are at in terms of your prep.  What items, gear or training is going to help you be better prepared for longer term scenarios and more complex situations?  Then make a list. 

Focus:  While retailers rely on appealing to our “impulses” for many sales, you should be looking to get things that are on your list, particularly if they are on sale. Let’s roll through so the categories above.

Sustenance:  having enough food and water for three days should be an easy task.  You shouldn’t have to spend more than $30 per person to accomplish this.  You can simply buy some bottled water or you can get creative.  Personally, I have 30 two-liter plastic soda bottles that we washed out and then filled with tap water plus a couple of 5 gallon jugs.  Important Prepper tip:  water is heavy so you should be planning for a way to collect and treat water as you need it as opposed to carry it.  A pint is a pound so the typical 1 gallon of water per day rule means you start the day with eight pounds of water.  Imagine if you start trying to carry water for more than one day – invest in a good treatment system like some of the LifeSaver bottles we advertise on the site.

For food, you probably have three days worth of canned goods and dry goods in your pantry.  With a little menu planning and a rotation system, you can build up your stores for longer periods.  But if you are looking for something that you can toss in your bug out bag you can head over to MyPatriotSupply and get a 72-hour pouch of freeze dried food for roughly $15-$20.  Larger kits are available so you can slowly build up your food stock from 3 day to 1 week to 2 week etc.  Finally cooking – if you have a camp stove, you should be able to heat up your food.  Just pay attention to the type of fuel it uses and insure you have sufficient supply for the period you are planning for.

Shelter:  If you are Bugging In, your home is your shelter so what preps might it need to remain habitable if the power goes out? If you have to bug out, what can you take with you to construct shelter outside the home?  Again, tailor your gear for what conditions you expect to encounter and how long you are anticipating that you will be on the move. 

To elaborate a little on this topic and skipping ahead to Mobility:  if you are on the move, you are going to be limited by your means of mobility – you can only carry so much weight on your back or in your vehicle.  In this case, you are going to be looking for multi-function gear or light weight items and you might have to plan to forage or scavenge certain things during your journey (if you haven’t cached items along your planned routes in advance).  I recommend you look at some Appalachian Trail through hiker videos if you are serious about developing your bug out capability on foot.

Defense:  While you can gift a membership to a dojo to buff up your hand to hand / martial arts skills, I am going to focus more on weapons which, in addition to defense can also be used to hunt food.  What guns and ammo or other weapons do you have right now?  Are they the right mix of items?  Pistols shotguns and rifles are all designed for certain applications – do you have the right weapons for the scenarios you expect to encounter.  What if light and noise discipline are important?  You don’t want to attract attention to your location when you are hunting.  What other weapons or tools can you use to gather food and preserve your firearms and limited supply of ammunition for when you absolutely need it.  Air rifles, a bow and arrow or crossbow might be something to add to your list.  Last point if you are on the move – ammo is heavy.  You might build up a stock of thousands of rounds at your home or safe haven, but you will most certainly travel with a significantly smaller amount simply because you can’t carry it all.

Medical:  It is great to have medical supplies but knowledge of when and how to use the gear is paramount here.  You can’t apply a tourniquet or do an emergency tracheotomy with your bare hands and nothing else, so you should prioritize the types of injuries or illnesses you expect you might have to treat and determine not just what equipment you need but make sure that you get some training on how to do it.  This is a good place to invest in some reference material. If you have friends who are farmers or keep animals, you might want to see if you can help out when they have a problem with an animal. If you hunt, you might want to dress or process the deer yourself (great way to learn some anatomy).  Most people get a first aid kit and think they are good to go – you need to know what’s in the kit and how to use it.

So what’s on my Chistmas list?  I feel good about 3-hour 3-day and 3-week scenarios, so I want to be comfortably in a position to make it through a winter (three months +) so….

I am content with my Bug Out Bag although I will probably go through it this month and might have some tweaks to do particularly on hygiene and the base layer of clothing.

I am content with my food and water plans right now as I am in the 3-month range.   Have a mix of emergency rations and freeze dried food for on the move and I have plenty of canned and dry goods in the pantry.  I am going to be looking at some other small stoves including the BioLite (which in addition to cooking turns heat into electricity to charge batteries or power small devices).

As I move into longer term food plans – I am looking at a solar oven and some processing items (a new canning kit, a grain / nut mill, a sausage grinder, and / or a cold press).  I don’t anticipate buying all of these, just one or two and then getting used to operating it to build my food stock from things I grow / raise at home).

Permanent upgrades to the home:  A Ben Franklin wood stove – I want to have another means of heating my home in a cold winter (plus the bonus of being able to cook on it).  With installation, this is going to run some money. 

I am fairly content with my on-the-move shelter right now but I want to pack it up and carry it around a little, make sure that the load is right with everything else I might be packing.  If you want to confirm your Bug Out Bag contents: a three-day camping trip is just the ticket.

Defense – I will top off ammo stocks if I see any sales.  I am considering an air rifle for small game hunting.

Medical – I am pretty content with my first aid kits (for minor cuts), IFAKs (for hemorrhage control), and vehicle medical kits (for blunt trauma to the neck or splinting fractures).  I should review items that expire and insure they are not out of date.  And I want to get some N95 masks to assist in preventing the spread of the flu.

Mobility – looking at a new pick up.  Sold it when I went overseas but this might be the time to get another one.

This list so far has been introspective on my family and I – I also plan to sprinkle some prepping gear around my extended family and hopefully get them to a basic 3 day capability.

In Summary - My list:

Biolite Stove

Install Ben Franklin Stove in the home

Pick one or two: Solar Oven, Wheat mill or Sausage Grinder, Canning Kit or Solar Oven 

A pick-up truck

Review BOB contents

Top off ammo stock

Air Rifle?

Check med kits for expiring items and get some N95 masks

What’s on your list?

 

Let’s go shopping!

 

 

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