Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How to Be a Minimalist Prepper

One of the traits my dad and I share is the love of prepping. Growing up in the Midwest meant the threats of ice storms that would knock out power and leave you stranded for days in the winter or strong thunderstorms and tornadoes that had the capability of changing life as we knew it in the spring and summer. Now, with increased threats of terrorism to add to the mix as well as other natural disasters, being prepared is important. The idea may seem counterintuitive for a minimalist, but bare with me! Here are a few ways in which you can still be a prepper even as a minimalist.

1.) Go with your gut.

A couple of years ago while living in West Virginia, I just had this strange sense that I should stock up on water. After drinking spring water out of the gallon jugs, I would fill them up with tap water and store them under the kitchen sink. Poor D likely thought I was a lunatic. But, any thoughts of the such were short-lived. One day while dining out, I noticed the water I got from the fountain at Panera smelled like licorice. It also had a funny taste. About that time, D started getting text messages from friends saying not to drink the water. Turns out, there was a chemical spill at the town's water intake that ended up contaminating the water supply for weeks. And guess what? I had about 15 jugs of clean water under my sink! For the next few weeks, we used it for dishes, cleaning and bathing.

Listen, if you live in the Midwest, you're likely not going to need to prepare for a hurricane. Chances are you know where you live and the chances of things happening in that area. Go with your gut. If you have a feeling you need to prepare for something, then do that. I also credit God for my ultimate discernment at this time. I've known that as a pretty failsafe method.

2.) Multipurpose!

When prepping for certain things, it's good to go multipurpose every chance you get! Items that can be used for more than one thing take up a lot less space. One of my favorite multipurpose gadgets is a Flashlight-Radio-Phone Charger. It stays in our emergency kit for power outages or inclement weather.

3.) Keep it small and together.

It's really not helpful to have emergency items at various places in the house. In an emergency, you're not going to have the time to run all over the house and gather the stuff. Plus, it's just clutter when it's strewn about. Take a small container and fill it with small items you'll need. For instance, in ours with have the multipurpose flashlight, a couple of emergency candles, a compact camping stove, water tablets, matches, lighter, ponchos, bottled water, a couple protein bars, Sterno cans, and a deck of cards. It's in a small plastic container that's about 2 feet by 1 foot under the sink. It's quick to grab and has food, water, and shelter (poncho) as well as the means to heat food/water, ways to stay informed and light and power source. This would also work well for a backpack so it's easy to grab (which is what I'll end up switching to once we're in our new place.

If you keep it within reasonable parameters and keep it small, there's no reason you can't be prepared and be a minimalist at the same time. What about you? Have you ever been through a situation you needed to be prepared for? Were you prepared? How did things turn out?


12 comments :

  1. Yes Many times I've been in situations I wasn't prepared for. I trust myself and handling things as they come. That's most important. And making the best of situations also

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  2. totally agree that it often sounds counter-intuitive to be prepared and minimalist, but these tips are a great start to exactly that!

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    1. Thanks! I can't say I "prep" nearly to the degree I used to. When I started letting things go, I had to find a better, smaller way to still feel prepared, but not need 2 of everything in the house to feel that way!

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  3. thank you for these tips. i totally agree you need to keep things together thanks for sharing

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  4. Very inyeresting article! Thank you for the tips!

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  5. These are some great tips! Thank you for prepping us

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  6. After the last earthquake, we made a house & car emergency kit with all the essentials like food, matches, first aid etc. Gives me peace of mind knowing we are prepared

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    1. A car emergency kit is so smart! I really need to work on that for myself. We have like a hazard kit, but we definitely need to put food, water and first aid in there. I've never experienced an earthquake before...I bet that was terrifying!

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  7. Oh wow this sounds a bit scary! Good job on being so prepared and good job on having all that clean water! Ree love30

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    1. It certainly did work out for our benefit. I think now my husband also believes I have a super intuition. I try not to abuse that too much. lol!

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  8. Great post, really enjoyed reading all of this tips xo


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  9. I've become fascinated with prepping after watching some prepping shows, these are some very rational and easily manageable ideas-thanks!

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