As the Survival Mom, I’m all about looking ahead to the future, considering its uncertainties, and then doing my best to be prepared, but when I see some of the dumb things people are doing to prepare, I have to shake my head.
In no particular order, here’s what I see.
Buying first, learning second — BIG prepper error
A lot of survival businesses are making some pretty significant profits on preppers who buy in a panic. I’ve even heard of people putting a year’s worth of food on a credit card because they can’t afford it any other way. Dumb.
Arming for a zombie invasion
You know I’m all in favor of firearms and am grateful for our Second Amendment rights, but come on! Some know-nothing preppers are buying every gun, in every caliber, with all the trimmings, without knowing much about hitting the target! Once you buy that first gun, you really do commit yourself to training, and lots of it. Go to an Appleseed weekend, sign up at a shooting range for a basic class, then a more advanced class. The classes that teach tactics are the most fun classes of all.
Arguing over details and losing sight of the bigger picture
Does it really matter if another prepper is stocking up on canned goods and you think that buckets of wheat are the only way to go? Does anyone care if you think a Bug Out Bag is a waste of time but you have to voice your opinion every time the subject comes up? The much bigger picture is providing as stable a future as possible for our families.
Wearing nothing but head-to-toe camo with a survival knife and a pistol strapped to your thigh
Sorry, poser-guy at Chick-fil-A, but you looked pretty dumb when I saw you there last week. If a gang of armed zombies had dropped by, sure, you would have gotten off a shot or two, but you would also have been the first person taken out. If you’re going to carry, then carry concealed, and for heaven’s sake, try to blend in!
The smartest preppers are the ones who follow the first rule: The first rule of prepping is, you DO NOT talk about prepping. And you shouldn’t look like you’re prepping, either.
Living in perpetual paranoia
There may come a time and a place to constantly look over your shoulder and greet anyone coming within fifty yards with the business end of a shotgun, but guess what? This isn’t Somalia and you aren’t Mel Gibson. Take it easy! Stay focused and sane. Please. You’ll earn more respect if you keep a cool head.