Wednesday, March 14, 2012

2012: 4 Mistakes That Preppers Make

Offgrid Survival

When the SHTF most preppers believe that they will be ready and able to do everything it takes to survive. But are you making some very common mistakes that could jeopardize your chances to survive??

Becoming to Reliant on Gear

A lot of people that I meet in the prepping or survival community tend to focus too much time and effort on collecting gear. While having things like a Bug Out Bags, Survival Knives, Emergency Preps and Survival Gear make life a lot easier in a survival situation, all of these things will eventually fail. The one thing that you will always have with you, that you’ll always be able to count on – is your knowledge.

Unlike gear that can break, get lost or fail at the wrong moment; knowledge is something that you will always have with you. The key to survival really is knowledge; you can have the best gear in the world, but without knowledge that gear is completely useless.

Thinking that you know it all

I have seen this one pop up a lot recently. I have talked to a growing number of preppers who falsely believe they’ll be ok because in their words “they know more than their neighbors and the rest of America…” They believe that everyone else is going to be so unprepared, that they will automatically be in a better place by default.

While I have no doubt that 99% of the world is grossly unprepared to survive even a small scale disaster, this in no way should make you relax. In fact, I think it’s a good reason to prepare even more. Should a massive SHTF situation go down, those that are unprepared will likely become out of control savages. You are going to need every bit of training and knowledge you can acquire to make it through.

Your survival education should be an ongoing process. The minute you think you know it all is the minute you put yourself in danger of becoming a victim. Don’t ever become complacent, take advantage of every opportunity to learn and practice your skills.

Not Studying and Practicing the Basics

In most survival situations basic survival skills are often what separate those that survive from those that perish. Yes there are certain skills that go beyond the basics, but the basics are the foundation that everything else is built upon.

Not Practicing what you Preach

Acquiring the skills needed to survive in a wide variety of situations can sometime be a difficult task. While reading and studying the art of survival are a good start, one really needs to dedicate themselves to practicing these skills on a regular basis.

Don’t become an Arm Chair Survivalist – To really be able to count on your knowledge when the SHTF you need to run through your techniques in a number of scenarios and environments. Simply reading about them is not enough to ensure your safety.

Nothing beats the knowledge that you will gain from practicing your skills in a real world situation. Reading about something is one thing, being able to perform that task in a survival situation is something that requires practice.

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