Once people have committed to become prepared, the next big question is what to buy! No one wants to waste their hard-earned money on solar panels that sit in their garage, or a year-supply of freeze-dried mushrooms (those are just gross). Of course you can get these things later, but you want to first get the items that will benefit you the most.
I know I need to start my food storage and I know you have a black belt in this area. I was looking at buying a water container first. Do you agree with that or do you have a different recommendation?
First off, emails with compliments always get responded to first ;) I totally feel like wearing a black belt around my house and chopping up fruit with my nun chucks now.
Anyways, back on topic – You could ask this question to 100 different people and most likely get 100 different answers. Actually, the Organized Prepper already asked 45 preparedness experts this question – “What are the 3 most important items for a new prepper to get started with?” – You can read their responses here: Part 1 & Part 2
My answer is YES – start with WATER!
Water will help you survive longer than any other prep you could possible make – or in other words, you might be dead on day 4 without it.
Water Containers vs Water Filters
I have a water filter, do I need to store water too?
I’ve been surprised when people think that having a water filter is all they need, but that is a definite no-no if you ask me. I would recommend first storing water before every venturing out to buy a filter! Filters are still high on the list of things to get, but you need to consider a couple of things first.
With filters you have to depend on 2 things:
- Water Source – You have to have a water source to be able to get water in the first place, and most people I know don’t have lakes or ponds in their backyards.
- Filter Capabilities – You need to know exactly what your filter will get out, and what type of water you plan on filtering. There are some instances (like in West Virginia), where water is contaminated to the point of no return and even a filter wouldn’t do you a lick of good.
So, hold off on the filter for now and get water instead!
Water: 14 Gallons Per Person
It’s recommended at the very least, every person has at least 1 gallon a day of drinking water for 2 weeks – or 14 gallons.
For some great ideas on different containers and ways to store water, check out these posts:
- Water Storage Containers Pros and Cons
- Do You Have Emergency Water Provisions?
- How to Store Water
- Where to Find Water in an Emergency
- Pros and Cons of Popular Water Storage Containers
- How to Store Water Long Term
If you don’t have at least 14 gallons of water stored away for yourself, get it now and thank me later ;)
What did you get FIRST when prepping?
Let us know – what is the first thing you bought or would recommend someone to get when beginning to prep?
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