One of the first things people do when they get interested in prepping is going out and buying gear. It is great to have a list and just check off items you already just purchased. Whew! Got the stuff, now I’m prepared. Well… sort of. There is one critical step that is being missed.
I’ve heard and read comments from people who, on one hand, have made the commitment to be prepared and are buying the items needed; but on the other hand, when asked how the things worked, they say, “I don’t know, I haven’t opened the box yet-I’m saving it for an emergency..” I am glad they are getting started, but not even opening the box to check it is a critical error.
The item might not work. When we first got started we bought some cheap stuff that ended up being junk. Sure, it might be better than nothing, but why rely on something that will fail you when you most need it? Being in the middle of a power outage would not be a good time to find out your flashlight does not work, or you did not have the correct size batteries for it. Which brings me to the next point…
Know what you actually need to make the item work. For example if you have a backpacking stove for a power outage, you will need fuel for that stove. If you had never opened the box, you may not know this until the day you try to use it.
Some gear need maintenance Knives, machetes and other items with edges need be sharpened or oiled, firearms need to be cleaned, etc.
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