Whether you’re new to prepping or just want to be prepared for disasters, there are a few basic supplies that every prepper should have on hand.
Having these items on hand will give you peace of mind knowing that you’re ready for whatever life throws at you. Here are some of the top prepper supplies that you can buy right now!
Buckets of Emergency Food
In a world where supply chains are short, global uncertainty is high and disasters seem to be coming sooner than ever, it is smart to prepare a long-term emergency food supply. These supplies will be your family’s primary source of nutrition and fuel during a crisis.
Fortunately, there are many companies that produce emergency foods with a shelf life of 25 years or more. These are typically dehydrated, powdered and freeze-dried products that come sealed in Mylar bags.
These buckets of food will need water to hydrate them, but are very convenient and easy to carry around. They offer a wide range of meals that can be prepared in minutes.
Sprouting seeds are a quick and easy way to make sure you have fresh, nutritious, edible food on hand. They’re easy to grow and store in a jar, and are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
But be sure to use sprouting-specific seeds that have been tested and treated to be safe from bacteria such as e.coli and salmonella, which can contaminate the sprouting process.
For most seeds, you’ll see small baby sprouts emerge within a day or so. Then they’ll send out roots, which need to be rinsed several times a day until they’re about 1/2-2” long.
Short-Term and Mid-Term Food Storage
Having food on hand for emergencies is an essential part of any prepper’s toolbox. It can keep you from going hungry in times of short-term illness, job loss, financial stress, natural disasters, power outages or other emergencies.
The key to successful food storage is to protect your stockpile from the 5 common enemies: moisture, pests, light, heat and bacteria. The best method for protecting bulk foods like rice, beans, sugar and salt is to store them in 5-gallon buckets with mylar bags.
It’s a good idea to also vacuum pack some of your long-term foods such as beans, pasta and flour. These can be stored in 1-2 lb bags and will last for months or even years without the need to refrigerate them. Freeze drying is another great option to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.
Solar lights provide a clean, renewable energy source without polluting the environment or relying on traditional sources of fuel. They are also a great backup lighting solution in the event of power outages.
A few simple preparations can make sure that your solar lights work as expected for a long time to come. Start by ensuring that they get plenty of sunlight exposure.
Next, look for a well-sealed unit that protects the solar cells from water and dirt. Tempered glass is an excellent choice because it allows more light to reach the solar cells and resists clouding over time.
Hard Copy Information
Despite the rise of digital media, hard copies are still needed for a number of purposes. These include signing papers, reports for school and legal filings that require a printed copy.
These copies can be obtained via a variety of methods including downloading from the Internet, purchasing books and printing them out. They are also helpful in emergencies when the grid and/or internet are not available.
Unlike soft copies, hard copies are physical objects that can be read with bare eyes. They are also a more reliable method of transmitting information, as they do not need an interface to display or read. This is important because of the risk of cyber attacks that could steal data. This is especially true in the business world, where employees are 15 times more likely to steal from their employers than non-employees.