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Criticalthought
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Help getting started new to this

Post by Criticalthought » Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:48 am

Good morning I am a member of the wide awake club which unfortunately has very few members I have became interested in some prepping and hoped someone can point me in the right direction , food radio etc
Also did notice freeze dried foods are horrendously expensive, and wondered how one can do some prepping to tide you over for a few months what foods are best to store, can you do your own with jars etc
Regards Critical thought

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Post by jennyjj01 » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:39 pm

Criticalthought wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:48 am
Good morning I am a member of the wide awake club which unfortunately has very few members I have became interested in some prepping and hoped someone can point me in the right direction , food radio etc
Also did notice freeze dried foods are horrendously expensive, and wondered how one can do some prepping to tide you over for a few months what foods are best to store, can you do your own with jars etc
Regards Critical thought
Hi CT and welcome.
Preppers come in a number of varieties, from folk who want to be ready for a minor disruption like a hurricane, through to those who prep for the zombie apocalypse. You need to assess what it is you see as a real threat to you. You also need to decide how much money to dedicate to such 'insurance' preparation.
Here's my take on it when i first started prepping...
http://www.uk-preppers.co.uk/forum/view ... 23#p163523
Over the years, and with input from this forum, my approach has changed more towards 'Store what you use: use what you store'
http://www.uk-preppers.co.uk/forum/view ... 17&t=15975
In short, I suggest ignoring specialist, freeze dried stuff and buying equivalent products from Home Bargain, Lidl, Tesco etc. Pot noodles and better equivalents are quite cost effective, acceptable fare in a crisis.
My own rush was to buy a LOT of rice and pasta, Some sauces, A lot of tea, coffee and milk, and a few weeks worth of tinned food, so that I could at least weather a few weeks eating like a student. Later, I augmented my stash with 'Nice' stuff like pesto, cereals, QUALITY ready meals.... And developed my cooking skills to use flour and pulses.
Now with about of years decent rations stashed away, I use my stock as business as usual.
Outside of food, consider sources of water, cooking facilities and meds.
Just visualise yourself stuck at home in China, with electrical and water outages. If you could cope with a month of that, you are way out in front of your neighbours.

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Re: Help getting started new to this

Post by Lone » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:54 pm

Wide Awake Club...insomniacs like myself ?

I’ve asked quite a few questions over the years...there’s logical planning ahead, but the chance of over-engineering your survival preparedness.

My questions are usually across all aspects..then I do a ‘pick and mix’ selection, as what can be basic skills to some can be daunting to others, putting them off.

Look at yourself, what you know and can do right now, pre-prepping sort-of-thing, then concentrate on how to add very gradually, nobody becomes an expert on anything overnight.

Learn aspects that are easy and enjoyable, instead of putting yourself off by trying something challenging where you feel you failed, deterring attempts to do anything more...build confidence, survival advice is one thing, but to different people it is customised to their own liking and needs.

No point to taking on board everything, becoming overloaded with data, not knowing what to do with it, or how to shortlist it to a doable standard

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Post by Deeps » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:59 pm

Welcome to the forum.

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Re: Help getting started new to this

Post by bobble » Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:27 pm

Loads of good information on here! Welcome!🙂

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