20 Survival/Preparedness Tips From The Pros

survivalIn case you can’t tell by the limited number of posts on this site, this is a new blog. As a way to get to know some of the great bloggers in the survival and preparedness world, I decided to ask the experts for their best tip. See if you can spot the same trend that I see. There are some great tips in this list whether you are a survivalist, a prepper, or both. Whether you are new to this stuff, or are a seasoned pro there is something for you.

I initially planned for this to be around 50 tips, but as I put it together I realized it was getting quite long. So look out for a part two coming soon.

Below I have compiled their tips with links to their websites. Please pay them a visit and see what they have to say. Here are the tips, in no particular order.

Being an educator, I believe in lifelong learning.  Being prepared doesn’t happen once, but is on-going and always changing with your circumstances and situations.  No one can know everything, but everyone can know something and add to it.  It is important to keep an open mind and learn as much as you can.  Equally important is to take the “book knowledge” of preparedness and apply it.  What you learn needs to be practiced, you need to develop your skills.

- Todd @ PrepperWebsite.com

If you want to be fruitful, DON’T MULTIPLY!” (at least in the early going of a collapse) In the early part of my career, I was an obstetrician and I can tell you that a woman who is pregnant is often nauseous, has backaches, and various other symptoms that don’t allow her to be at 100% efficiency.  All this at a time when she needs to be at 110% efficiency!  So make sure you make provisions to prevent against pregnancy until things stabilize; consider natural family planning, which we talk about in the Survival Medicine Handbook and on our website at www.doomandbloom.net as well as just about anything relating to Survival Medicine or Medicinal Gardening.

- Joe @ Doom and Bloom

All solid preparedness/survival plans should start with a Bug Out Bag.  If you don’t have a 72-hour disaster kit in place, start there.  You’ll learn more about survival and preparedness while assembling this kit than almost any other preparedness exercise.  Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN.

- Creek Stewart @ WillowHavenOutdoor.com

The number one tip is to invest time into preparedness education.  Education will get you the biggest bang for your buck.

- Tom @ AmericanPreppersNetwork.com

Store extra food….period. As much as you can afford and store. With inflation it is a good investment and when money is tight – or non-existent you can still feed yourself and family. You don’t necessarily need to spend thousands of dollars on freeze dried food. Store more of what you normally eat and build from there.

ModernSurvivalOnline.com

The best piece of advice that I would give your readers is to store the right types of shelf stable foods for your emergency pantry in order to give you adequate nutrition. This will help ensure you have the needed energy to maintain rigorous physical activity, help your body deal more efficiently with stress and help you avoid malnutrition. Some food sources I would suggest your readers stock up on are:

Whole grains such as wheat, rice, oats
Dried or freeze dried fruit and veggies Beans, chia seeds or other high protein sources
Foods that have some fat such as nuts, coconut or plant based oils, etc.

Tess @ ReadyNutrition.com

My #1 tip is to write out a plan, with the full knowledge and realization that it will change. Plan for your most realistic disaster, and then make the plan.

- PrepperPodcast.com

Get sustainable with your food storage and preparedness plan. Think about it. What happens when your store of number 10 cans runs out? It doesn’t matter how much you prepare and how much you stock up. If you start using that food on an everyday basis…. It will run out eventually. It will not last forever. Don’t get me wrong,  freeze dried food storage has its place.  For short term emergencies freeze dried will get you through.  Gardening, canning and dehydrating is a sustainable year after year.

Spend the time learning now. Start small, plant some tomato plants and peppers this year.  Start making your own applesauce or canning tomatoes. Then you can gradually learn and add more foods to your skill set. Believe me this is much easier than a crash course when your food supply for the winter will depend on your ability and knowledge.

- Sharon @ SimplyCanning.com

At Prep-Blog.com, we like to emphasize prudent and reasonable preparedness. Our #1 tip is not to let prepping derail your daily life. If you spend too much time and effort preparing for severe disasters, the result is a change to your lifestyle. We have to balance the changes needed for prudent preparations with reasonable limits so that our lives are about more than mere survival. Enjoy your life and your prepping activities.

- Prep-Blog.com

I would say my number one “Survival Tip” is that someone who is always minimally prepared, is more prepared than some one who is sometimes very prepared.  I recommend always having a way to make fire, a tactical folding knife, a flashlight, a handgun, a multi-function pocket knife or multitool with a saw as a minimum.  Adding some cordage, and a few first aid items goes along ways as well.  But of course the thing that trumps all equipment is personal experience and knowledge of real survival techniques.

- RealitySurvival.com

My number 1 tip is to get into shape. We could go into the weeds of my beliefs or different fitness plans but the endstate is to 1) be able to move on foot light (probably jogging/ running) and while carrying a load for reasonable distances. 2) Be able to lift heavy things. 3) Be able to move your body with individual equipment (fighting load) over and around obstacles. Training should generally mirror these endstates. While I didn’t discuss appearance as it doesn’t matter (function matters, incidentally it also drives form/ appearance) it’s pretty much impossible to succeed by any reasonable measure at #1 and #3 without being at or close to a healthy body weight.

- Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest

The best advice I can offer to persons wishing to be better prepared is to make sure they have their need for water covered. It’s the one thing you won’t survive very long without.You will always need water for drinking, cooking and hygiene purposes. It’s also one of the first items that is in short supply during a crisis. You also need to have a means to filter and purify any water source that may be available. So some basic survival tips when considering the need for water are:

1. Store as much water as possible according to your needs and circumstances.

2. Maintain an adequate system to filter any water resources that are available.

3. Maintain an adequate system to purify any water resources that are available.

- River @ Stealth Survival

Memorize a first step or two on what to do for common emergencies. Keep a reference on hand for the rest.

- Dr Hubbard @ The Survival Doctor

Hmm, a survival tip.  Test your skills and your gear.  Don’t wait until you have to go on an actual bugout and need to use a firesteel, then suddenly discover it’s a lot harder than it looks on the videos.  If you’ve got gear evaulate it.  Test it.  Work with it. Same thing with skills.  If you’re learning how to read a map and compass get out there and use it!  A GPS is great, but when your batteries die and you’re in the middle of the Maine woods you will be seriously screwed if you don’t have a backup and the knowledge on how to use your compass.  Same with lighting fires, or tracking, or whatever. If you put something in your pack practice using it.  Use it in the rain, use it in the snow, use it at night.  Get to know that piece of gear.  If it’s too complicated or too hard to use get something easier to work with

- SHTFBlog.com

Skills are more important than fancy gear.

- SHTFSchool.com

Avoid the hype! – When I first became interested in emergency preparedness I found myself willing to purchase anything with the word ‘survival’ or ‘emergency’ in the title… boy was that a mistake! I wasted plenty of money purchasing inferior products and useless gadgets because someone or some website said I NEEDED it or I was going to die. Fortunately, I never had to rely on any of it. Now I buy quality gear that makes sense and that will foster my ability to survive and even thrive.

RethinkSurvival.com

The five basic human needs are: food, water, shelter, energy and security.  Understanding that and striving to meet those five needs will increase your preparedness and survival in almost any situation.  The importance of an individual need can change from situation to situation, so evaluating them often is a good idea.

- Chris @ Prepared Christian

DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN “SURVIVAL HOBBIES.” Realize that some parts of prepping you will be more naturally inclined towards, and others you won’t, but unilaterally focusing on one thing (guns, camping, canning food) is costing you big in other areas, and doing yourself a disservice.

- Dan @ The Daily Prep

My #1 prepping tip is to START. It can seem overwhelming in the beginning, and analysis paralysis is very common whenever beginning a large undertaking. Just begin taking some small actions every day, you’ll get much farther than trying to plan it all perfectly before getting your feet wet.

- Prepared for That

A good tip is to start learning all that you can about preparedness.  Start with the basics. Set aside a monthly budget to better prepare yourself. It’s also a good idea to make sure you get a life insurance policy. Read more on that topic here.

- Jonathan @ Proper Survival

Comments

  1. Those are all great tips I think one of the biggest things that helped me really push to start prepping was starting a website. It pushed me to have to learn so that I can find more interesting things to post.
    I think a tip I would give is to never stop learning. You need to be a sponge and take in all the info you can!

  2. Great tips. Mine is OPEN YOUR MIND!! I starting prepping when I opened my mind to the “what if”. I started REALLY following the news and thought “WHAT IF?” What if a major catastrophe, ie. weather, war, famine, flood, drought, emp, really happened? What would I need? What would I want to have? What would I have to do? And it led me to all the good people on most of the above named websites. I don’t have a bunch of money, but I do have food prep skills, and starting from there, and following advice from informative websites, in two months, I have a three month food supply, most basic survival needs and still a long way to go before I feel comfortably “prepared.”

  3. the very first thing imho is to have eye protection with you at all times.. …should you lose your vision, all the rest of your “preps” will do you no good… I suggest stashing spares, in your glove box,, desk, briefcase,, B.O.B. bag.. If you cannot afford spares,, do not discard your previous prescription glasses,, they may not be perfectily accurate , but they will be better than no glasses.. AND,, a pair of full coverage safety goggles or at least Dollar store wraparound very light tint sunglasses.. to keep blown sand, debris,, or twigs etc from getting in your eyes,, when the Trade center went down the air was full of abrasive cement and sheetrock dust. People who wear contacts would be well advised to also have regular prescription glasses… when your hands are covered with dust, sand, debris, and bacteria,, the very last thing you should touch is your eyes. “Shooters” eyeglasses are probably the best choice as they are durable and impact resistant,, If you are on a tight budget , you can get Clear lensed wraparound Daisy (BB gun company) glasses which are made to protect from pellet ricochets for $10 . Clear lenses will serve you better at night than Dollar store sunglasses.. but get those also.

    • Jonathan says:

      Cool tip. I’ve never thought about carrying eye protection, I guess at the very least some sunglasses could help.

    • It never really thought about using eye protection until I tried ballistic tactical goggles. Even though it is not something I would use in real life, it got me thinking how to protect my vision in an emergency. Your advice is straight to the point, thanks!

  4. tommymacca says:

    Everyone on this site should google Intolerance of Uncertainty.

    • John Gault says:

      tommymacca, please forgive me if I’m wrong but I sense a measure of sarcastic indignation in your comment. The simple and obvious fact that prepping has been a part of us since man first learned to reason is enough to debunk the “Intolerance of Uncertainty” motivation as a driving force in prepping. Now I will admit that many of the examples shown on Doomsday Preppers may fit the unjustified and abnormally high anxiety of “Intolerance of Uncertainty” but they are not nearly representative of a typical prepper. I can say with a fair amount of confidence that most people are to some degree preppers. Most everyone drives around with a spare tire riding in the trunk…. prepared for an event that may or may not ever happen. Many a ship has been decommissioned with it’s full compliment of lifeboats still intact… were they paranoid or just practicing due diligence? I suspect that there are many who wished they had prepared better for what happened to them during the “great recession or 2008, or Katrina, or super storm Sandy. Fact is, it’s prudent and not paranoid to prep for events (no matter the likelihood) because these events do happen, and more often than one would expect…. and that’s the point….. to prepare for the unexpected. Better to be harmlessly paranoid than fatally stupid…. As a final, every prepper I know is a well balanced and highly intelligent and thoughtful person. Not a single one is hiding in a bunker, cleaning a AR-15, or wringing their hands over the number of cases of dehydrated vegetable protein they have stored…..

      John Gault…. somewhere in Georgia…

  5. I enjoyed the tips. I know a lot of people that spend a lot of their time to help folks like us and I am very thankful that you do. I have been prepping for about 2 years now and still think that Im way behind, but I have gotten several items that all do the same thing but in different ways just in case, one breaks are there is a major issue, this next month going to start checking everything to make sure it does work. I think we are going in the right direction just our country is going to fast in the wrong direction. I have taken to loading several hard drives up with all kinds of books on building, farming, growing gardens, canning. butchering, all kinds of skills, first aid medical, and so on, just to have as a reference if things get real bad,

  6. aproudinfidel says:

    Practice using the tools that you think you will be using in a grid down situation. Learn how to do basic things like make fire, filter water, protect yourself (first) and your family, use ropes and knots properly, can food. You get the idea. When the SHTF will not be a good time to start learning.

  7. Nice content curation article you made here, some of these bloggers I did not know and some of them I read constantly.
    Nice work!
    Paul.

  8. That is a well prepared list man. Thanks for putting up this.

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