Prepping is a phenomenon going across the world where people stockpile gear and food in the case of a disaster. I have studied this “craze,” as some would call it, and I realized there is a lot of things that make these people seem a bit too “crazy.” I do not think the idea in itself is that way. So, you may ask me, why prep?
It is a good idea to prepare in case of some emergencies. Too many times have I seen people before a snow storm go nuts on food shopping and such. The same type of thing happens all around. Prepping does not have to mean being prepared for the world ending as we know it or “SHTF” as they call it. A worst-case scenario could be a snowstorm that could last for days or as harsh as a natural disaster that could destroy the homes of so many.
However, many preppers spend hundreds and thousands of dollars to prepare. Something that many, like me, cannot do. I am a poor, older University student with learning and mental disabilities along with a chronic pain condition. Nothing is said by most of these preppers about people in my position except that we will not survive. I am here to prove that we can survive. We need to work on getting ourselves in shape, know our limits, and find out what we are good at doing.
For those of us who barely have anything to spare, budgeting and finding cheaper ways to prep is important.
There are a lot of things that are overlooked at the Dollar Tree in particular that are perfect for prepping. Food, hygiene products, first aid, and even some minor tools can be used for gear. There are a lot of non-perishable items that are lightweight and can be used in a stockpile as well. Hygiene is vital for staying healthy, but the little things of first aid are essential as well.
They don’t have as high quality as a drugstore would have, but at the same time, it’s good to have these things because who knows when you would need it. From experience, the medications they sell are very good. In a pinch, these medications will work better than nothing.
Now as far as gear and items go, there are a lot of things that can be used. Something as simple as a plastic tablecloth or bath curtain with some shoelaces can create an emergency shelter if needed. Zip ties are sold there. They are not extremely strong, but at the same time, they work very well when you need to save money. Trash bags are something that can be used for various things, and if you look hard enough, you can find name brands. The same can be said for aluminum foil.
During the spring and summer months, they have various water bottles. Granted, they are plastic, but it is better than having nothing. As for water purifying, the only thing I have heard that works is a small amount of bleach.
My personal favorite parts of learning how to prep is making fires and cooking. There is an entire aisle in most Dollar Trees that sell candles as well as lighters and matches. In the party section, you can also find small propane candle (things) that can be used with the aluminum pans that can be found in the cooking section.
As much as people knock down the idea of buying cheap kits on Amazon. Yet, it is still a great start if you don’t have too much money to start with. I bought a simple kit from there. Some things were not workable, but at the same time, everything could be used. Even if it’s just a small kit that can be put into a bag you use every day, it is better than having nothing if some kind of emergency comes up.