How To Start Prepping (For Survivor TV or Anything Else In Life)

15 Nov

A question new preppers ask: “How should I start prepping?” You start prepping survival preparations like anything else. Don’t just jump in without thinking about your objectives and goals. Why do you want to prep? What are you preparing for? How much time and money and effort can you devote to this new undertaking? The answers to questions like these guide your preparations and help you set priorities and goals.

As with anything you start in life, you need to find out what supplies you need, what personal skills you should develop, and what physical and mental preparation is necessary. The best way to get started is to learn about the situation you could face.

I write a lot about disasters like hurricanes, economic turmoil, and people stranded in their cars during winter storms to show what conditions develop in these situations. Seeing what others go through can guide our preps.

We have a comfortable bird’s eye view of people on reality TV. Have you ever watched a TV show like Survivor and wondered how you’d do on it? Have you ever wondered how contestants prepare for these shows? Have you ever wondered how you’d prepare for this or another show?

Watching a season or two of Survivor tells you a lot. You see contestants in a tropical environment with a beach. I’ve never seen snow or the arctic. You’ll see the groups struggling to make fire. You’ll see them build shelter. You’ll see groups and individuals competing in competitions, usually involving swimming, diving underwater and doing things, untying knots, solving puzzles, throwing things for accuracy, and balancing. You’ll see them schmooze with each other and plot and plan.

If you were going to be a Survivor contestant, after watching the show, you’d have a great idea of what you would need to do to prepare yourself. You’d want to be a good swimmer. You could solve puzzles. Etc. Developing a Survivor-show personal improvement plan wouldn’t be difficult.

You wouldn’t be allowed to bring any gear. No bug proof tent. No insect repellant. Not even a lousy toothbrush. In many real world situations, you can have equipment which makes survival much easier and much more comfortable.

The third important aspect of prepping for Survivor would be the mental and physical conditioning. Could you function on little food which is mostly a meager rice ration? Would you be capable of eating the living, squirming local delicacies?

If you prepped for Survivor, you’d be well prepared for that environment. What if you were rejected by Survivor and accepted by The Amazing Race, another reality show? It would be a whole new ball game. Preparations often need to be tailored to the environment and your unique situation.

Contestants on The Amazing Race race around the world.
Booking airplane flights, rappelling, and bungee jumping from tall heights are some of the themes the show likes. Some knowledge of foreign languages could be useful. Contestants must perform unusual tasks that relate to the culture of other countries. Some of the tasks are quite physical, demanding strength and endurance.

Whether reality TV or survival in a real life situation or when starting any new endeavor, learn as much as you can about the conditions you’ll likely face. Try to list the skills that appear important. Get a feel for the mental and physical preparation necessary.

We can all reject being on reality TV. I don’t want to eat live grubs. I like brushing my teeth. I’m not a bungee jumping sort of guy. Unfortunately, when it comes to disasters, we can’t sit back and just watch other people survive them. We can be thrown into those situations unexpectedly. We’re forced to compete.

Everybody is suited to basic prepping. Why not have at least a 1 week supply of food and 1 week supply of bottled water? Why not improve your home’s security just a bit? By taking a few simple steps and planning you’ll be ahead of most people when disaster strikes.

There is a quote that goes something like this: “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.” Plans run into reality and are forced to change. The process of planning prepares you to adapt to changing situations. It forces you to consider possible scenarios and contemplate how you’d respond.

The better you are at planning in general, the better prepper you’ll be. As an exercise: Plan something. Anything. It could be a butterfly garden.

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Some related posts:

Planning For Economic Collapse.

Three key preps for daily life.

Here’s a basic list of preps to get you started.

Developing Prepper Skills.

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