Wednesday, April 22, 2015
I have always been a mindful person and what I like about the prepper movement is the attendant mindfulness that goes along with being prepared.
The intelligent contemplation of purpose is the hallmark of any real prepper.
We think before acting.
We strategize before reacting.
We do not value hasty decisions.
For these reasons, I’m against buying pre-made kits of any kind to satisfy a budding prepper's goal.
That is my personal bias.
Sure, buying ready-made kits is expedient, but it may not be wise.
I was in WalMart today buying bags for the car kits I am developing.
In the automotive section for $39.95 was a ready to go kit. It had a couple of good things in it, but there were many deficits.
My car bags are already north of $50, but I am mindful of every item in the bag. I know each item’s purpose.
In an emergency my bag will outperform the WalMart bag.
I love WalMart. Don't get me wrong. I am not bashing them. I am saying to everyone that mindfulness must be the default.
To be frank, most of what was in the Wally World bag could be replicated at the dollar store.
Ready-to-purchase is not always a value. I know why they sell the kits. I have no moral obligation to the stupid being deluded, their money taken, and their haste manifested when they realize the bag is not complete.
When I was thinking about building my 72-hour emergency bag, I looked on eBay and sure enough I could buy a handy dandy, ready-to-go bag.
I did not go that route.
Nor did I go that route for food supply.
WinCo Foods sells freeze-dried foods in buckets as emergency provisions. I adore WinCo Foods. I couldn’t buy.
I felt I needed to understand the purpose of what I was embarking on.
While pre-fab bags and buckets are better than nothing, buying them bypasses the mindfulness that is essential to be a real prepper…in my opinion.
Yes, there are prepper readiness stores with ready-to-go kits that are quite good.
They are also frightfully expensive.
I am not in any way diminishing those stores' commitment to prepping or the quality of the goods they sell.
If a person should buy a reputable, ready-to-go kit, it is imperative to take that kit apart and understand the purpose of every item in it.
That is just not my default.
I cannot tolerate the blatant idiocy of: “I need something. Oh look an off-the-shelf solution. Whew, problem solved.”
Normalcy bias, anyone?
Delusional thinking, anyone?
In no way am I trying to say I am superior to ANYONE because I like to think things through.
I am saying that the thinking that goes with being a prepper needs to precede acquisition of items.