5 Pieces Of Overrated Prepper Advice

The folks over at the Preparedness Advice blog posted an interesting piece a few weeks ago titled 5 Pieces Of Overrated Prepper Advice and I thought I would share my take on the most overrated prepper advice I have received.

But first let’s review what they had to say:

1. Stock up on lots and lots of wheat

2. Focus on preparing for worst-case scenarios

3. Stock up on “survival food”

4. Better get a bug out location or you’ll die

5. Read prepper fiction to get some really good prepper advice

The “Golden Rule” of food storage is to “store what you eat and rotate it regularly.” I try and apply it at all times and this little rule would have helped with items 1 and 3. If you don’t eat wheat, don’t stock up on it. If you don’t eat rice, don’t stock up on it. Fortunately for me, my family like rice and beans and those are great bulk food items for long term food storage. Add some seasonings and some meat of just about any sort and we are in business with a healthy dinner as usual. We do have some variation in that I stock several different types of beans (red, black and pinto) because we like all three. I will be honest, we don’t like most “survival food” but we do have some on hand. A week’s worth of freeze dried meals for two (Wonderful Wife and myself) doesn’t cost all that much, lasts years and it fits in a small duffle-bag. Should we need it for whatever reason it it packed and ready to go. Just add water (preferably but not necessarily hot) and we have plenty of calories and salt to keep us going for the short term. The key being short term. But back to that golden rule, if you like it stock up on it and rotate it regularly.

I have always kept the idea that I need to prepare for the most likely scenarios first. While an AMP attack is possible and a CME type event will happen at some point there are a lot of disasters that are a lot more likely that won’t result in the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI). Job loss, economic downturns, hurricanes (for me here on the Gulf coast), retirement, and even death are a lot more likely so those are the events I spend most of my time, energy and money preparing for. The bonus of that is that little of it would be wasted should the worst-case scenarios actually happen. I do hope to have a bug out location at some point. That’s where I will retire to…

Prepper fiction…well…it is just fiction. To be honest, there are a few things I have picked up from novels that I thought were good ideas and that I hadn’t though of before but for the most part it is just escapism.

Now that I have critiqued their list of overrated prepper advice, here is my list:

1. All you need is guns, then you can take what you need – Well, besides the moral aspect of that sort of advice (or lack thereof) the reality of any violent encounter is that you stand a pretty good chance of being a casualty of that encounter. Only in the movies do the good guys always win and come through with barely a scratch. Even if you make it through some encounters unscathed at some point you will run into someone who is better prepared, better armed, better trained, meaner or just plain luckier than you. Then you will die.

2. You can just hunt for your food – This is usually comes from guys who spend thousands of dollars per year on food plots, corn, feeders and attractants to harvest a few deer. In a “worst-case” scenario everyone else if going to be doing the same thing. The local forests, parks and preserves will be cleaned out pretty quickly. In a not so “worst-case” scenario local law enforcement might just come visit you.

3. The Government will take care of us – Really? By the time the government showed up after Harvey to evacuate the neighborhood everyone who was going to leave had already left or been rescued by private citizens. By the time the government showed up to start delivering cleanup supplies we were done with the cleanup…

4. All I need are precious metals – You can’t eat gold or silver. If things get bad enough food, water and other supplies will be worth more than any precious metals. Not a bad thing to have but don’t put your faith in gold and silver.

5. The country-side will be safe – People assume that if they get out of the big cities they will be safe. Depending on the circumstances that may not be the case. For example, during the troubles associated with the financial collapse in Argentina the cities became very dangerous places but the countryside went full Mad Max; no services, no infrastructure maintenance, roving gangs of bandits preying on farmsteads and people that could not protect themselves. It’s tough to provide your own 24×7 security without a pretty large group of people.

So, those are my five. What are ours?

God bless

8 thoughts on “5 Pieces Of Overrated Prepper Advice

  1. Good Article. My two cents worth as advisories?

    Look after you and your own UNLESS the other person is useful to you.

    Beware of anything government. They will always mess up your plans.

    Water is heavy, Carry the means to purify what you need.
    A survival straw is useless in a CBRN scenario

    Fuels will become liquid gold. Carry the means to extract it.

    Morality in survival is less important than
    Clean water, lots of socks, toilet paper, medical supplies, salt, multiple ways of making fire, and a good knife.

    And finally.
    Ever heard of Robin Hood? He stole from the rich to give to the poor.
    Something tells me he wasn’t a prepper or survivalist.
    “Steal from those rich and keep what you get” is a much better survival mantra.


  2. Good list! My thought on your first item…you say get more guns to take what you want. I prefer to have guns to protect what I have. Yes, there is always someone better armed, better trained, but if you’ve got a well fortified, easily defendable homestead, you’ll have a better chance. I certainly don’t believe guns are the only answer or even the number one survival/prepping commodity, but I think they’re helpful.

    As PGraySurvival commented, have a way to purify/clean water, because it IS heavy. It’s also a necessity (obviously). For any short scenario (hurricane, power outage, etc.) you could fairly easily store enough to last, but always have that backup.


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