Warmer months are just around the corner. That means it’s the best time of the year to begin getting ready to mix your preparedness planning with awesome outdoor recreation activities.
Prepping involves a great deal of serious business. After all, it’s about gathering the skills and supplies to help you and your loved ones survive the unthinkable. But that doesn’t mean all of your prepping activities should center around the drudgery of filling supply rooms and bugout bags.
You can learn a lot about your ability to handle real world survival situations by taking on activities that you may not associate with prepping. For instance, taking a walk through your city on a spring day or spending some leisure time in the woods.
Next time you find yourself on an urban outing, try walking around with a prepper mindset. If you’re serious about prepping and situational awareness, this is probably something you already do. If not, now is a good time to start.
In the city, think about which routes, whether on foot or in a vehicle, would allow you to best make it to safety in the event of a natural or man-made emergency. Where do you expect panicked masses to flee, clogging up streets and walkways. Are there alternative routes? Would you be best off traveling away from the danger by foot or in a vehicle?
These are all things you can work over mentally while out to lunch, taking in a movie or watching a ball game. And if you do, you’ll be safe if the unthinkable does happen.
In rural settings, there are even more ways to hone your prepping skills during leisure time. Many outdoor activities like fishing, hiking and camping are prepping practice in the form of leisure.
Here’s an excellent post from Personal Liberty’s Gaye Levy detailing nine things you need to keep in mind if you’re interested in camping as prepping practice.
“There are lots of similarities between camping and prepping. In more than a few ways, a camping trip can be a great dry run for an emergency situation where you would have to rely only on your preparations. I suggest that the next time you go on a camping trip you take a pencil and note pad with you and write down some of your observations on what you need to do differently when it comes to your emergency supplies,” she wrote.
Another great way to enjoy the weather while becoming a more proficient prepper is spending time in the woods learning to identify different varieties of plants that could help you survive an emergency situation.
Spring is also an excellent time to brush up on your target practice, which will give you a hunting edge in the event of a long term emergency which requires you to hunt for food.
Here are two excellent guides from Bob Livingston on finding food, whether game or edible plants, in the forest.