The start of a new year is traditionally a time to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and challenges. The biggest lesson I think we learned over the past year is that thinking about prepping isn’t nearly enough. Neither is talking about prepping, or reading about prepping. You have to do those things of course, but you also have to do actual prepping.
Looking at that pantry organizer on Amazon is great – but making a decision to buy it, install it, and load it up with supplies is where you engage in real prepping. Too often most (maybe all) of us look for that perfect solution – the best pack, the best rifle, the best vehicle all the while forgetting the old saying: le mieux est l’ennemi du bien (the best is the enemy of the better). We use the quest for the perfect as an excuse for inaction, when there are perhaps dozens of items that are good enough if we would just make the decision to take action.
I know I am guilty of this mindset, so we set about to change that. Mobile Preppers Community didn’t exist at the start of 2017 – in fact it hadn’t even been discussed. But Michelle and I (the entire Mobile Preppers staff) still got a lot done:
- Started a local Meetup group (Mobile Preppers Community of VA);
- Conceived and built this website;
- Both earned NOLS Wilderness First Aid certification;
- Both took an archery class to learn the basics;
- Both completed the International Bowhunter Education Course;
- Michelle completed her basic Hunter’s Safety course;
- We went on several increasingly difficult hikes through the forests and parks in our area;
- Developed a family emergency plan (using this excellent guide);
- Increased our radio communications capability through additional equipment;
- Took part in AmRRON’s T-Rex 2017 Exercise;
- And much, much more.
Of course, we had some set-backs and challenges:
- Replaced tires, tires, and more tires – it was just time to replace them;
- Some not-cheap repairs on the Mobile Prepper “Command” RV;
- A new water heater (FYI, replacing a water heater in an RV during a snow storm is not all that fun);
- A lot of little fixes (leaks here and there);
- And a few other odds and ends.
What does 2018 have in store for us? That, of course, is unknowable. But we have plenty in store for 2018. Look for more equipment reviews, more articles showing hands-on experiences that you can try too, and over at our Meetup group, a lot of shared experiences and classes.
We invite you to join us as we prepare for whatever life throws at us!