For the longest time, it seemed like preppers were a pretty rare group in our world. In fact, if you did happen to meet another prepper, it was usually a middle-aged man with some strange conspiracy theories to back his preps. But today’s preppers are actually much different with people of all ages noticing the warning signs and making preparations for emergencies. Just this past year, I’ve seen a surge in the number of teens that are taking a big interest in prepping.
Teenagers face some unique challenges as they learn about survival and emergency preparedness. Obviously, they are limited by what their parents believe or allow in the home. Even if the teen is convinced that they need to take some precautions, their parents might discount their interest in survival as a passing phase. If you are a teen and you are trying to figure out how to begin making your first steps towards personal preparedness, here are some tips to help you get started.
Think Big, But Start Small
Prepping can be expensive in a hurry. It takes more money than most would think to stockpile a large quantity of food and water and other supplies. Most of the teens I have spoken with have raised this concern more than once. Some of them have less than supportive parents and don’t really have any funds to buy the supplies they Just remember that you don’t have to do everything in one day or even one month. It’s going to take some time to build up your supplies. Even most adults do not have enough cash on hand to buy everything all at once so it would be almost impossible for a teen to do it. The key here is to think big, but to start small. Start by building a basic bug out bag and add a few items each week. Check the local dollar stores for supplies flashlights, batteries, and even canned foods. A few items here and there will add up over time.
Learn Everything You Can
When it comes to survival there is a ton of information that we all need to know. There is much more to survival than just pitching a tent and starting a fire. Having a solid understanding of the types of trees and plants that grow is a great idea. Knowing edible plants from poisonous plants is a great skill. Learn how to build a shelter, forage for food, and treat common medical conditions with natural remedies.
Education is a huge part of anything in life and prepping is no different. The best option for most people is to read everything you can get your hands on. Take the time to read the books and to read the blogs. Check and then counter check all the “facts” you find. Remember that learning is free. If you’re willing to put in the time, the sky is the limit on the skills you could acquire just by reading free survival guides online.
Get Creative With Storage
This might be the hardest issue to tackle. Most teens do not own a home or live on there on. Prepping requires a lot of space and while your stock might start out small, it will grow faster than you think. So where do you keep it all? The best option is to try and utilize the space in a basement but if that is not an option then you could always try closets, under couches, under beds, or maybe even in the attic. Try and purchase things that are stackable. It will make storage a lot easier and it will make it more likely that you can pack things in smaller areas.
Try to Get Your Parents on Board
Even if they are resistant to the idea at first, don’t give up on the idea of your family pursuing preparedness together. If you stick with it and show your parents that you are serious about this and it’s not just another passing hobby, then eventually they might just come around and be supportive. Invite them to participate, but don’t nag or pressure them. Lead by example and you might just be amazed at the results.
If you are a teen that is trying to prep, share your story in the comments. What are some things you have done to be more successful? How have you addressed the situation with your parents?