(This is a cross post from /v/Preppers It appears that verse's mods have been inactive for 4 months so I'm joining this subverse.)
Whats up fellow voaters and preppers!
No matter what kind of situation you're preparing for, you don't have to buy every single survival gadget, gizmo and gun. I've always been a big supporter of personal finance, fiscal responsibility, and preparing for disaster. Those things all sort of work hand-in-hand. Practicing a budget and having fiscal responsibility is the best way to be prepared for the civilized world, just like having food and shelter is the best way to prepare for the uncivilized world.
People get carried away though - I have some friends who seem to be in an arms race for war preparation. They stockpile weapons and ammo like they're getting ready to militarize a small nation. Some of my friends have "first aid kids" that are actually tier 3 trauma kits for gunshot wounds, and then they forget to stock pepto bismol and antibiotics. They seem to be forgetting that they're preparing for a natural disaster or supply shortage, instead of a vacation to a war torn nation-state where they will need to kill their neighbors. Yes, that sort of thing COULD happen, as it has in the past, but as a family man, I'm going to be hunkered down, not preparing to fight soldiers in the streets.
So in my family we keep things pretty simply as far as being prepared goes:
Make sure all of our doors and windows can be locked up tight.
Some lumber out back to board things up if necessary.
Keeping a handgun and a shotgun in the house with a couple hundred rounds stocked.
6 month food supply
6 month water supply
Warm bedding and blankets
Lots of books and games
Harmonica, guitar, small drum.
Learning materials to engage your mind like math, science and foreign language
Medicine for a household. Antibiotics, anti-acids, vitamins, Advil/Tylenol, some bandages.
Maybe I'm the schmuck here, but I'm not going to spend my life preparing for a war that never happens, or training myself to live in the deep woods permanently. I'm happy to enjoy my family in our current society and try to prepare for a natural disaster or supply chain disruption.