In the urban prepper articles there has been mention of novice or new preppers several times, but how can you become a novice prepper if you don’t know where to start?
The beginning stages of becoming a prepper may seem overwhelming especially if you’re getting all kinds of advice, some of it even conflicting, as you consider taking this journey. There certainly is a lot of information out there: books, newspaper/magazine articles, websites, YouTube, and even television shows, but do you really have the time and money for all of it? Of course you don’t.
If you choose to peruse all this information or even some of it you should take it with a grain of salt; yes even the urban prepper. Not all the information that is out there will fit your needs. Everyone’s situation is different.
Another thing to consider is that 95% of the information available is tailor-made for people who live in the wilderness or a suburb. If you are reading these articles it’s a good guess that you probably live in the inner city. The needs of a prepper in an urban environment are different than those that opt to live elsewhere.
Prepping is an individual lifestyle plan. Although it may seem like all preppers prep for the same reason they don’t.
Sure there are preppers who are very serious about preparing for the end of the world to the extent that they have moved out into the wilderness and built bunkers full of weapons as well as storing enough food to last 20 years.
A couple of the wilderness preppers will even tell you that in order to be a true prepper you need to move out in the middle of nowhere and connect with your inner Grizzly Adams.
There are some people who prep because it’s ingrained in their culture; it’s something that they’ve always done and now may be taking it more seriously. Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and the Amish have always stored or stocked up on food as part of their lifestyle. The Mormons even have a website dedicated to prepping: www.lds.org/topics/emergency-preparedness.
Other people see the direction this world is going and they want to be prepared for any situation that may occur in their lives. They do believe that something catastrophic is going to happen, but they just don’t know when.
Then you have others who just want to simplify their lives and be in control over it. Perhaps they’re unhappy with all the restrictions that are placed on them by the government, hate war and want to be less dependent on big business or the government. They may even have become preppers because they enjoy a simpler type of lifestyle.
Whatever reason you have decided to start prepping is your reason and you don’t need to justify it or follow the pack.
One of the first things you should do is erase your overall pre-conceived notion of what a pepper isn’t. They are not anti-war (although some may be) or anti-social (again you’ll encounter some of those or maybe not since they’re anti-social). The only thing that almost every prepper has in common is that they are anti-dependent and that’s not such a bad place to be.
The urban prepper has covered tools that every prepper should have and these are tools that you’ll need around the house to fix things or to use along with any skill you learned. There are other tools that a prepper needs and won’t cost any money or need extra space.
One important tool you have as you start out is your mind. You have to know who you are and what you want or don’t want in your life. You have to decide how badly you want to rely on the government or others in power. These groups of people have made sure you accepted the fact that you can’t take care of yourself or your family without assistance and so much so it’s become a part of society’s fabric.
Once you adopt that attitude you also are agreeing to give up some of your rights as well as your freedom which isn’t what a prepper does. How badly do you want to claim your independence?
Adopt an I-can-do attitude, write down some daily affirmations on having a positive mental attitude if you must and claim your life back by using the prepper motto, “Ready for anything.”
So are you ready? Let’s look at 10 steps a person can take to become a prepper; an independent soul.