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Your most important prep item

Postby Elona » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:10 am

As you think about it is there anything that stands out as a "this is the most important item I have" thing?

Is it the food? A way to cook, water storage? It seems like they are all have to haves but what you do personally consider the thing or area you can't see yourself making it without?

For me I guess it would be my volcano stove. You can forage, you can hunt, but without a cooking source (which could also be a heat source) I think I'd be lost/miserable.
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Re: Your most important prep item

Postby Alaska Rose » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:57 am

I have an old homemade barrel stove, not like the kits sold in Mother Earth, but a welded steel stove, that I have heated some very drafty cabins with, up here and done a lot of cooking on. I think it just might be the most important thing I have that would be hard to replace. I could still keep us warm and fed using it. Pretty much could replace almost everything else, one way or another, maybe not in such good quantities.
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Re: Your most important prep item

Postby Laythar » Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:39 am

My most important prep item is my wife and daughters, to force them out of their comfort zone of "the way it's always been" and to take seriously the training and planning for all the different "what ifs" is my biggest challenge. To get them from the "humor dad" mind set to the mind set of "can do" no matter what life throws at them is the most important item I have for my preping list.
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Re: Your most important prep item

Postby Lynda » Sun Nov 21, 2010 5:22 am

I don't have a single item but I do have a short list: food, water(and storage barrels), cash in the house, alternative fuel sources and weaponry. Perhaps the highest rated would be mind set if something happened out of the norm. And faith.
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Re: Your most important prep item

Postby medic72 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:29 am

i could probably go through 10 scenarios atm where the most important item would be 10 different things but... if i had to pick just one?

hands down it would be my knife :) im skilled in flint napping but :)
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Re: Your most important prep item

Postby Elona » Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:32 am

Dententus...wow...yes our minds. It will be about our mental ability to make the shift, to use what we have gathered to use, and to have a survival mindset throughout.

That could be a whole topic of its own...and it may be :-}
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Re: Your most important prep item

Postby Lynda » Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:56 am

Elona, I have nearly all the material needs covered and keep adding as I use. But, I often wonder how I'd be at making the transition from normal, everday life to one of a worst case scenario. Clearly I need to make a plan(and a list) as to what I'd do first. What would y ou all do first? I think I'd appreciate any tips any of you could give.
For example, if I had a day's notice:get more cash(unless the dollar's worthless), fill those water barrels and containers, add to my gasoline storage(currently have 30 gallons with Stabil), buy fresh milk and eggs if I could, and ready the house in general. Try to get word to my two sons to head out to my cabin(they've already been told this.)
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Re: Your most important prep item

Postby Elona » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:35 pm

Certainly gas up the car, buy yet more kerosene, fill up on water, check out everything to make sure its working. Oddly enough I'm not that worried about making the transition. I think actually the first few days will be the easiest. Its after when you start running out of stuff, and start wondering when it will be that anything is going to start moving again to get more..if ever. In that case I think your mind will be your worst enemy, depression and apathy may set in and then you may get so you don't care if you live or die.

I don't and never will have the money to prep like in the book Patriots. I don't have a bol. Kansas can get a little different at times even on a normal day. I think we would revert back to a wild west mentality fast. Steal, kill, and get hung or shot on the spot. In some ways this town is a good location to be. We still have the old original Fort about 3 miles west of town with a working blacksmith shop and other things that could be useful in restarting. There are also people who have kept the old blacksmithing skills. The wagons would still be able to be used. There are still working windmills in the area.

I guess one thing nice about a very rural area is that a lot of people still live in simple ways and aren't that far from nature.
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Re: Your most important prep item

Postby Lynda » Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:29 pm

peekachoo, great advice. We live in a very rural area so it's easily done.
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Re: Your most important prep item

Postby cherokeenut » Sun Nov 21, 2010 5:17 pm

You know I think the most important prep is depending on where you are located and where you are in your preps. As for me and my family we feel that we are pretty well getting there, that being said the most important prep (aside from our faith in God) would be my Mossberg 12 gauge. Think about it, you can have all the food preps and supplies but if you have no high powered way to defend yourself then you are just waiting to hand it all over to someone that is well armed. :gunsmile:
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Re: Your most important prep item

Postby Whisper » Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:22 pm

Like cherokeenut, I'd go with my shotgun which would be crucial for hunting and self defense. It would keep you alive in two indirect ways.
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Re: Your most important prep item

Postby Alaska Rose » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:00 am

I think I probably live pretty much as most will have to live, after SHTF unless it is nuclear. We seldom have money, and live on what we have or kill or grow most of the time. Using power in the evenings for internet while keeping the freezers going is a plus but could do without both. Can or dry everything in the freezers and read in the evenings would be the main difference. The guns are a given, but if you freeze or starve before finding something to use them on, not much good. So I stand by my old stove as the most important thing for survival.
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Re: Your most important prep item

Postby cherokeenut » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:35 am

Alaska Rose wrote:I think I probably live pretty much as most will have to live, after SHTF unless it is nuclear. We seldom have money, and live on what we have or kill or grow most of the time. Using power in the evenings for internet while keeping the freezers going is a plus but could do without both. Can or dry everything in the freezers and read in the evenings would be the main difference. The guns are a given, but if you freeze or starve before finding something to use them on, not much good. So I stand by my old stove as the most important thing for survival.

See it's what I said, I think it differ's from prepper to prepper and in different situations.
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Re: Your most important prep item

Postby Pale Crusader » Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:40 pm

Number one without a doubt is "Proper Mindset", then knowledge and skills. Without the right mindset even if you have the skills and knowledge you won't succeed.

As far as physical items, I keep a bic lighter and multitool in my coat pockets which means I have them with me when I leave the house. I keep waxed matches within a tiny ziplock bag and spoon/can-opener in my wallet. If I am carrying one of my backpacks there is a flint striker, latex gloves, protective eyegoggles and paper dust masks in one of the side pockets.

Having stuff at home is great, and I do but for me it feels good to always keep on me what makes better than a simple animal and that means a method to make fire and a tool that could help me make other tools.
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Re: Your most important prep item

Postby Elona » Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:12 pm

Pale Crusader you make a lot of good points. Our brain is what makes us different from the rest of the animals. It can get us in trouble or get us out of trouble. Thinking ahead is the best way to stay ahead..on top of..or whatever you want to call it...any situation that comes up.
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