Practice Makes for Perfect Prepping
Originally posted at www.GirlsGoneNorth.com
The potential downfall of many a prepper is overconfidence.
Overconfidence in your skills, your fitness level, your supplies… ¬†If you overestimate yourself in any of these places, it could be deadly one day in the future.
Are you really ready to produce every bite of your food? ¬†Can you survive comfortably for a few days without power? ¬†How hard is it to cook everything from scratch? ¬†What if you had to do your¬†laundry off-grid
¬†from now until infinity? ¬†Could you handle a weekend in the woods with only the items in your bug-out pack? And speaking of that bug-out pack, how long can you hike with it through rough terrain before succumbing to cardiac arrest or just plain exhaustion?
One way to gain a more comprehensive grasp of the reality of your own situation is through drills and challenges. I’ve been attempting to challenge myself every month. ¬†I belong to a really awesome (but small) ladies’ prepping forum called¬†Sisters in Tinfoil, and several of us do a monthly skills challenge and/or a prepping challenge. ¬†We help hold one another accountable to our goals there, and share advice and motivation. ¬†Come on over and say hi, and consider joining in with our challenges.
I’m in the midst of a “Cooking from Scratch Challenge
.” The nice thing about setting up your own challenges is that you make the rules. ¬†So, my rules are, the food we eat this month has to be as “scratch” as I can make it. What have I discovered from this? ¬†HOLY COW it’s a lot of work!!!! ¬†I didn’t realize how much I relied on quick items like peanut butter and crackers. ¬†Crackers aren’t so quick when you have to roll out a dough and bake it! ¬†Pasta and sandwiches, former “quickie” meals, also talk several hours of advance preparation. ¬†I’ve learned, however, to adjust the amounts I make so that I have leftovers in order to be able to have a quick meal during the workday or snacks for my daughter’s lunch box. ¬†Before spending the month doing this, I wouldn’t really have known where to start. It’s so much nicer to challenge yourself when help is as close as the internet and reinforcements ¬†are as close as the nearest grocery store. Wouldn’t you rather learn while that is still the case?
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Author: Tess Pennington
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Date: November 23rd, 2012
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