Hobbies Can Make You a Better Prepper
Hobbies Can Make You a Better Prepper by Dan Vale for Survival Blog
Preppers are blessed if their family members take prepping as seriously as they themselves do. The children in a prepper family, however, may not be as easily convinced of the need for the prepping lifestyle as will the older generations. These seniors have lived long enough to have encountered natural disasters such as tornadoes and man-made disasters such as the Great Depression and the Great Recession of 2008.
If this naivete is a problem, however, all is not lost. “Stealth prepping” through fun hobbies is one way to prepare young, naive children for emergencies. By encouraging your family members to pursue prepper-related hobbies that they like, your family members will be more likely to contribute to the readiness of your family.
So, what are some prepper-related hobbies? This article will describe a wide variety of prepper-related hobbies. Chances are that at least some of these hobbies might be of interest to your family members. Look upon the hobbies in this article as you would look upon descriptions of food on a restaurant menu. Nobody eats all of the foods on the menu.
If a family member becomes interested in some of these prepper-related hobbies, preppers can encourage that interest. Methods of doing so include making sure the family members have the money, transportation, or whatever they need to pursue the prepper -elated hobby or hobbies of interest to them.
Who does not enjoy vacations? Traveling vacations can be a special treat. Packing for a vacation trip in some ways is like a slow motion procedure of bugging out. A family that has taken a number of traveling vacations probably will be more effective at bugging out.
If the family members enjoy camping, these traveling vacations will cheaper than staying in motels, and camping also can present good opportunities to teach and practice many prepper-related skills. Examples of such skills are putting up a tent, starting a campfire, hiking, compass reading, and cooking over a campfire.
Let’s talk more about cooking. If more than one family member is skilled at cooking, the family will have a backup chef if the main chef becomes sick or is otherwise not available. Cooking is a good hobby for family members. As Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “An army travels on its stomach.” .
How is playing a musical instrument a prepper-related skill? Consider what happens, for example, during a power blackout. The bad news is that electronic entertainment might not be as available. Some family members are so addicted to electronic entertainment that they can suffer from stimulus deprivation when that electronic entertainment is not available.
But now for the good news. If one or more family members can play musical instruments, then they can provide stimulus-deprived family members some entertainment similar to that provided to families generations ago, before there was electronic entertainment. Such old fashioned entertainment might result in family members singing together and becoming more bonded to one another. Musical instruments can range in size from a harmonica to a piano. The smaller musical instruments have the advantage of being portable during a bug out.
I do not consider church attendance a hobby. I will, however, mention it in this article because church attendance helps prepper family members to bond not only with God, but also with other worshipers outside of their family. Examples of activities that facilitate such bonding include church picnics and dinners, group tourist outings, and Christmas caroling.
These friendship bonds can be important during disasters. One family, for example, might have plenty of a skill or commodity that another family needs and vice versa. If there is trust between these families, then they will be more likely to safely and ethically trade between themselves for what each family needs.
Ham Radio or police band monitoring, can give prepper families a more thorough picture of what is happening in their area before, during, and after a disaster. Encouraging an interest in these hobbies can result in a prepper family that is well informed and able to react quickly and effectively to disasters.
Crossword puzzles? What could that hobby possibly have to do with prepping?! This hobby’s relevance is more than is immediately obvious. Crossword puzzles are a fun way to improve the vocabulary and spelling of those who pursue this hobby. These improvements will develop writing skills. Younger family members will increase their writing skills and senior family members will keep their writing skills sharp. Clear, written communications can be critical for families separated before, during, or after a disaster. Crossword puzzles have graduated levels of difficulty. Thus, each puzzler can choose his or her own level of difficulty.