Are you prepared enough to survive when the grid suddenly goes down?  Your approach to survival should be designed for you to be ready in almost any given situation when SHTF.

A lot of people are concerned about what to do and where to start.  Yet they don’t possess the skills whether it was never taught to them, or they just haven’t seriously thought about it until now.

Regardless, it’s never too late to learn the essentials of survival.  It’s your key to increasing your chances of getting through the most unexpected big scale disaster that could ever happen.

Basic SHTF Preparedness Guide For Everyone

Some folks want to spend thousands of dollars right out the gate thinking that this is the right approach.  You have to think that you also have a life to live so think wisely about how not to be too worried about the issue.

Disasters can happen in such short notice so your best bet is to be prepared using the most important tips every prepper should be aware of to help you survive.

Some things are just better prepared for before considering stuff such as firearms, clothing, and others.  Expand your understanding about SHTF preparedness and you’ll see how to think wisely in these situations.

Create your bug out plan

Bug out refers to shelter outside of your home. When SHTF, sometimes you’re forced to leave the comforts of your home.

With that said, a bug out plan comes in handy because you already know where to go.

Some preppers often go for RVs as their bug out plan, but I know of some preppers who build a home off the grid – like a cabin in the middle of the woods or another home in another state.

Read more about bug out plans here.

Create your bug in plan

A bug in plan is the complete opposite of a bug out, and this refers to keeping yourself within the confines of your own home. In simpler terms, you are locking yourself inside the house.

Preppers have long debated whether or not bugging out is better than bugging in, but for me, they both have their own merits. Having a bug in plan and a bug out plan is important because you never know when SHTF.

Read more about bug in plans here.

Create a COMMO plan

COMMO, or simply prepper jargon for communication, is important for a lot of reasons. You’ll need to be in touch with your family or fellow preppers when SHTF at all times.

A COMMO plan must include common rendezvous points, recon points, and point persons. You may include your fellow preppers in your COMMO plan as well, and you need to make sure that your family members are well-oriented with your plan.

You may read more about recon plans for your family here.

Build a team or network of preppers

You cannot survive on your own if you don’t have a team. In the USA, there’s already a growing number of teams and networks of preppers within each state that you can join.

Or, you can

A network or team of preppers is important because you need other people to help you when SHTF and vice versa.

If you can’t join a team, build and create your own network. It doesn’t have to be a community of 100 members, but just enough people that you can coordinate with when SHTF.

Maintain and update your current equipment

I cannot emphasize enough how important your current equipment is. Your guns, knives, and other items will help you survive certain situations when SHTF.

But what happens when your knife can’t cut through flesh, or what if your gun jams in the middle of a gun fight?

You get the picture. Make a list of your current equipment and keep tabs on those that need maintenance or updating.

You may also include a list of items that you need to procure, like multi-tools, knife-sharpening tools, and even back-up light sources.

Stock Up On Water

The human body is made of up to 70% water.  A single person should have at least 1 gallon of water stashed away.  This is the ideal amount that each person needs per day.

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Clean water is also important to stock up on, as you may have limited access to it when SHTF. My favorite tool to effectively and efficiently filter water, the Aquastiq is perfect for SHTF items.

Read more about storing and stocking up on water right here.

Stock up on food

Food is the second most important thing that you’ll need on a daily basis.  Choose those that have a long shelf life and also packed with energy and vital nutrients.

Knowledge of raising animals is a very big help when SHTF. Check out my preferred canned meat product, perfect for when SHTF. Shop Certain Food canned meat here.

Train yourself – mentally and physically

You at any given time should have a certain level of fitness that will help you be resilient and ready for harsh terrain or task.

Start by taking up cardio at least three time a week for half an hour each day.  Other forms of exercise can also help you gain core strength and flexibility. Remember in Zombieland?

Rule #1: Cardio… 

Create shelter

Learn how to create basic shelters out of the items in your environment such as tree trunks and leaves.  The choice of shelter should also keep you protected in all weather conditions.

Something that can blend in with the environment so as not to attract too much attention. Learn the basics of creating a shelter here. 

So you see what has to be taken cared of first in an SHTF situation.  This should give you a general idea on what to get started on in your prepping journey.

I can consider firearms as a must if worst things could happen, but you’ll eventually run out of ammo with no food to eat or water to drink.

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on January 20, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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Preparing for bartering in a SHTF situation

Buying stuff for your SHTF storage is good off course, and buying it on smart way so you can save some money is always welcome since most of us are not multimillionaires.
But have you ever thought about buying the things for SHTF scenario on some not so „regular“ ways? It will save you money too but maybe even more important is that it will prepared you and show you how finding and buying stuff will probably look when SHTF for real.

I am not advising you to do anything that might be against the law, I am simply gonna give you examples how I find some things. It is up to you how you or if you gonna use anything of it.

Have it when you do not need it (have it before you need it)

One of the most basic rules in preparing and acquiring things for SHTF is that you need to have it before you need it. You may think „oh, but it is so obvious“ yea and no. Sometimes it is not. When SHTF you may find out that it is very important to have for example tetanus shots updated, but then it can be too late. You need to fix that before SHTF.

Simply if you gonna look for the tetanus shots when SHTF price can be high. In every SHTF scenario anywhere in the world there is gonna be people who are gonna make fortune and power by having the stuff that most of the other folks do not have, because it was not so obvious that it is gonna be needed.

Ways to obtain things

Things can be bought in many ways. Some of them are illegal more or less so no advice, just examples.

I buy my fuel from guys who sell it not from the gas station, I buy it always from the same guys so in that way they do not find it useful to cross me with adding strange stuff inside in order to make more money. Repeat customer is good customer.

Where do they get it? I do not know, and I do not want to know. But some examples would be that they are just dealers for the big guy who want to „go across“ some taxes expenses, or they buying it as a „agricultural“ fuel etc. I do not ask. Is it illegal? Yes. Am I seen and did worst things then that? Yea, sure. Survival.

Ways to buy things does not necessary needs to be illegal, it can be just strange and other than you use to. In that way you are just preparing yourself for finding things when SHTF.

Some its like practice for getting things directly from people. Why not start now and tell neighbours what you can get for them cheaply and ask them if they have connection to some stuff too?

I know people in different areas of life. So I know guys from local politics and guys from local small gangs. I like to keep my ear on ground as apart of preparation for coming SHTF. Money is short here and during war people got used to get stuff through other people so the same system still works.

I also often trade for something when it makes sense. I use my preps and trade two pairs of police boots for new jacket for example.

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Do not think only about „ what things do I need?“ feel free to think about „what things people need?“ because you are gonna trade it.

Look around you and keep in mind when SHTF the term „useful thing“ gets whole new meaning. So you ll see ( I saw that ) that for some people it is priority to loot mall and take TV set, stereo or something similar.

I saw few guys in first days of chaos were rolling 4 new car tires from looted mall, they were laughing, very happy because they thought they made good „deal“ with that. I guess pretty soon they realized that those 4 tires are worth like one pocket knife or something similar.

Smarter folks, or you can say people with „vision“ look for the weapons, food or similar useful stuff.

Important thing is that everyone took everything, it was like storm. As the time passed by and when everything „more useful“ was gone people took everything else, like pieces of shelves where stuff was kept. People find use for that too.

For example when SHTF I expect people to smash parking machine for the money inside, I am not gonna care for the worthless coins inside, but those machines work thanks to small solar panels installed on pole above it. I would go for the panels that most of the folks not gonna notice at all.

Small things were always useful to trade. Also some bigger „invented“ things had good price, like small wood stoves made from cans or pressure cookers. Pretty soon people who were skilled made good trade with handmade portable wood stoves.

Maybe you can find something to build with empty cans or other waste products?

People tried to trade everything so you could see some funny stuff too, like I wrote in other post the old FM radio taped to some huge batteries handmade from other sized batteries and taped together. Or homemade teas guaranteed to cure something mixed from different kind of plants.

Of course scams were everywhere and you needed to be very cautious.

It was always better to have more small things to trade then bigger bulkier stuff. Easier to carry and easier to sell. Candles, batteries, lighters, canned food, spices, small tools, pocket knives…


Of course that preppers look for discounts and wholesale, yard sales and similar chances to save money. But also you need to think about practicing bargaining.
I am buying lot of things on local flea market or through people I know. You can find lot of things on flea markets, and if you look hard you can find stuff that are not usually belong there.

Few rules :

  • Never act like you really need the thing you want to buy (let it be your second choice for example)
  • Split money in more pockets when you bargaining (do not bargaining with hand full of money)
  • Many times seller will set the price basing on how hesees you in that moment. So of course do not show off any symbol of wealth.

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Also remember that buying things at the flea market (in your case maybe yardsale or similar) is very good practice for trade in SHTF condition simple because there is a few things similar.

Prices not fixed (they are more thing of oportunity and skills), way how you look act and talk sometimes can be more important than how much money (value) you have in pocket.
Remember that when SHTF lot of things can be valuable, things that you usually would not even notice in normal life.

For example when SHTF batteries and candles had big value, reasons are of course because people are still used to commodity of light at night, using it in every room etc.
But very soon folks realized that candles are something like luxury so for example if you wanted to read book you would read it by daylight, or people in house simple gathered in one room under the light of one candle in order to spare the others.

So value of candles went high up in beginning and then got down.

So if you planned to make some big success with something for trade it can be said that you need to choose correct time. Some things have same high value almost all the time, like coffee, or cigarettes.

Other things gain value over the time, multiple times value. Stuff like some seeds, plants and knowledge about plants like teas, and herbs for healing etc.
Point is if you offered at the beginning stage of SHTF homemade teas as a remedies for something you would not have big success, because people did not believe that SHTF gonna last too long, or in other cases people still had some stash of antibiotics, painkillers etc.

When few month passed and people realized it is gonna SHTF gonna last for longer period, and no doctors, no hospitals, diseases spreading of course that home made remedies become suddenly popular and in the same time much more expensive.

I have more examples about trading in my survival course.

So small things that are kinda ridiculous cheap in normal time and normal life become important equal expensive. One more example would be flints for lighters.
Things like these are very important if you stash many things in order to do much trading to make life easier when SHTF.

Point is to carefully observe what things have what kind of value and more important what thing have chance to multiple value in few weeks or months.

I even knew guy who make small necklaces for luck, you know kinda of small metal on rope and if you carry that all the time you can be sure that bullet gonna miss you, he was something like monk, he trade that for food and it worked. When times are desperate people do and trust in lot of things.

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