These Preps Will NOT Make You Look Crazy

by Dan Sullivan, Sullivan Survival We’re all concerned, at some level, about what other people think of us… some of us more than others. After all, we live in a society and we base our actions on the feedback we get from those around us. I could just go ahead and tell you you shouldn’t give a rat’s a** on what anyone thinks of you but I won’t… not today at least.

The premise of this article is that you’re hesitant about starting to prepare and that you’d want to do stuff that won’t make you look like you’re wearing a tin foil hat.

The following is a list of preps and skills that will definitely not raise any eyebrows when you start doing them. I can assure you that after a while (maybe a few months), you’ll see your progress and feel so much safer that you are now that you’re actually gonna start doing more advanced things.

Caveat: If you’re and advanced prepper, please don’t complain in the comments section that “stockpiling more food than usual” is bad advice. What I’m trying to do here is to get people through the door. I’m sure that once they take the first step, they’re going to do things the right way but it’s important to get them ready for smaller scale SHTF events first (rather than see them quit).

OK, here we go!

Always Have More Food and Water Than Usual

If you’re uncomfortable having a food stockpile to last you 6 months or one year but you can’t stand the fact that you only have enough for a couple of days, there’s a way around this. You just need to buy more of the food and water you’re already eating and drinking. Not for the long term, you’ll be consuming it as you need it but no one will find it weird that you have so much of.

You can get rice and beans but you don’t necessarily have to store them for the long term. You just need to buy a couple of weeks’ of food that you’ll be eating in the near future, anyway.

You should always stockpile the foods you and your family eat on a regular basis but here’s a quick list to get you started:

  • sugar and salt
  • beans, rice, pasta
  • canned fruits and veggies
  • cereals (such as oats)
  • canned fish (such as tuna)

Everyone eats them so you don’t have to worry about them, like if you had MREs or spam, for example. Anyway, I highly recommend you check out my infamous article on the best 37 foods to hoard.

Stockpile On These Innocent-Looking Survival Items

Some of the stuff you might need during and post-SHTF will not make you look crazy for having it. In fact, you can keep some of these items in plain sight and no one will care. Here’s the full list:

  • extra/old clothes
  • basic medication (that you can use past the expiration date anyway)
  • books and board games (for entertainment purposes)
  • blankets
  • flashlights and extra batteries
  • AM/FM portable radio
  • solar calculators
  • personal hygiene products (floss, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap etc.)
  • non-scented bleach
  • kitchen knives
  • tools to sharpen those knives
  • Paracord
  • tools to fix things around the house
  • gardening tools
  • extra reading glasses
  • plastic eating utensils (plates, forks, spoons, knives, glasses)
  • bandannas
  • universal USB solar charger
  • backpack
  • small mirrors (for signaling purposes)
  • cigarettes, cigars
  • alcohol
  • hand sanitizer
  • sunscreen
  • extra set of keys
  • condoms
  • toilet paper
  • feminine hygiene products

Get Pepper Spray

If you’re a lady, no one is ever going to question your decision. It’s a bad world out there and you need to protect yourself.

Get A Stun Gun

Stun guns are perfect for a lady’s purse. No one will ever see that you have one on you and, even if they do, you can just tell them you walk alone at night ever so often and you need it. They’re not gonna care.

Take Self-Defense Lessons

Lots of folks are taking self defense lessons or doing some martial arts. If you’re worried that you’re too old for this, you can just tell them you’re doing it for fun.

Start Doing General Fitness

Things like walking, stretching, yoga, running and hiking are normal. Start doing one or more of them on a regular basis to improve your stamina, flexibility and strength.

Know Your Escape Routes

When something happens, you at least need to know how you’re gonna get out when the front door is inaccessible or compromised. Notice all the windows through which you can escape and make sure the routes are always clear. You don’t want your path to be blocked by your car.

If you’re too embarrassed to actually do the drills and test your escape routes, at least visualize yourself doing it to prevent potential problems.

Install Hidden Compartments Around The House

Fake air vents, secrets compartments underneath your living room table, you name it. You’ve got lots of options out there, lots of companies are doing this. Sure, there’s a small risk someone will discover them at some point but that risk is nothing compared to the one you’re facing for not preparing yourself.

The beauty of these hidden places is that you can store some of the survival items that are not covered by this article, such as a survival knife, a gun and so on.

Get a 4X4

Something like the Ford F250 is going to make a fantastic bug-out vehicle for when the time comes. Sure, this might raise some eyebrows but for the wrong reasons; no one will ever suspect you’re prepping.

Strengthen Your Doors And Windows

They will look exactly the same only they’re gonna be a heck of a lot tougher to break.

Start a Garden

No one is ever going to say anything about this, trust me. Having a garden is a fantastic hobby for when you get home from work and the weekends. Plus, it will give you quite the workout, depending on its size.

Become A Canning Master

People have done canning for hundreds of years and are still doing it. If you really want to do a good job, you’re gonna need a pressure canner and, of course, lots of fresh food from your garden.

When people see you’re so passionate about canning, they’ll just accept the fact that you have so much stashed away.

Get a Bug Out Location Somewhere in A Rural Area

Who would have thought that having a bug out location is perfectly acceptable by non-preppers? Well, it is, as long as it’s not some weird bunker or earthbag dome. If you live in the city or the burbs, having a place to go and relax during weekends is perfectly normal.

The really neat thing about this second home is that, since less people will visit, you can better prepare it for when chaos rules your country.

Make The Most of Your Attic?

When was the last time someone outside your household went into your attic? Probably years ago, when your neighbor helped you move that old couch up there. The attic is a fantastic place to store some of your preps.

Except for food, when temperatures rise during the summer, your food will spoil.

Go Off Grid

No one is ever going to blame you for trying to cut your monthly expenses. There are lots of ways to go off-grid, including:

  • installing solar panels
  • installing a rainwater harvesting system
  • reusing grey water
  • starting a garden
  • growing backyard animals
  • digging your own well (ok, so this one might raise suspicions but there are always arguments that well water is just as good as tap water… plus the money issue)

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