Camping & Survival

It’s Not Prepping… It’s Practical. A Single Woman’s Guide to Why You Should Prep

After two near perfect 80-degree days last weekend, North Texas settled in for a day of below-freezing temperatures. Saturday night, we went to bed at a comfortable 70 degrees and woke up Sunday to a snow and ice mixture that was actually sticking. As the kids like to say, “Go home, weather. You’re drunk.” The possibility of having an ice-in on Monday was high. If you had waited too long to take a trip to the grocery store, milk, bread and eggs would have been gone. People panic when the weather gets bad and buy up all the staples. However, if you anticipate what could happen, you will not have to scramble to get the essentials. Even if you do lose power, you will have enough fuel and food to keep you comfortable. March111-800x571 Sounds practical right? I didn’t worry about braving the elements or risking being stuck because I had enough non-perishables, powered milk, and a week’s supply of potable water, blankets, flashlights and fresh batteries to be relatively comfortable. I don’t know if I believe in all of the doomsday prophecies, but I do know that anything is possible because severe weather events all over the United States has proven that. If you think hard enough about it, I am sure you can come up with a few benefits of storing some food, water and other essential survival gear—and not because zombies are coming.

Two of my friends would tell you they know the benefits. In two separate ice events, two of my single women friends had opposite experiences. One was unprepared for a week of ice and snow. She was without power and water for three days. Her cell phone died after the first night; she had no flashlight, and her male neighbor on whom she depended for back-up food and support had high-tailed it out of the neighborhood before the ice hit. Fortunately, she kept bottled water in her fridge and had enough dried snack-type items in the pantry to survive. Physically, she was fine. However, mentally, she was not doing so well when I finally heard from her. I was shut in 10 miles away and could not safely help.

Then, there was my other single girlfriend. The night before a week’s worth of ice and snow shut us in, she invited over her bestie, who is also single. Fully stocked with non-perishables, a quarter side of beef in the freezer, a new propane tank for the grill and more than enough bottles of wine, my friend was just fine. In fact, during the bug-in, I traded her milk for some beef.

Which situation sounds better? If you compare girlfriend one and girlfriend two, judging by the giggles I heard through my duplex walls, girlfriend two was more comfortable than girlfriend one. If girlfriend one had been prepared, she would have felt more comfortable and secure being on her own.

Stocking up on supplies might make you feel a little “crazy cat lady,” but do not worry; here is a list of 15 really good reasons for being practical:

  1. Stores run out of necessities like milk, bread, bacon and wine.
  2. Whatever is in your fridge will spoil without adequate refrigeration.
  3. You do not want to wait in line for government or relief efforts’ handouts.
  4. Being hungry sucks.
  5. Feeling hopeless is depressing.
  6. You are not friendly with the neighbors and do not really want to be.
  7. You live far from a grocery store, and your car is not a four-wheel drive.
  8. You have children.
  9. You care for elderly relatives or someone with special needs.
  10. You care about yourself.
  11. Shelters are not any fun, nor are they pet friendly.
  12. You like to be in control.
  13. It is empowering to take care of yourself.
  14. It is actually pretty scary in the dark.
  15. Knowing how to use a multi-tool, start a fire, shoot a target and splint your own arm is hot.

Need more help? Start with these “prepping for dummies” posts:

What are your reasons for being prepared? Do you have questions about where to start? Talk to us in the comment section.


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Comments (4)

  1. I was born and raised in NYC Ever since I could remember when I was small even before the age for starting School. I went to a place we called the country, upstate NY. A piece of land my Dad bought before I was born, this land was on top of a mountain made up of 150 acres. I even went to Jr. High School there. This was in the middle 1960’s going to Jr. HS. I lived in a house that was never meant to live in, in the winter. Because was no insulation in the walls, no running water, and no electricity! We learned real fast how to survive and stay warm. I remember cutting wild greens off the fields when things got rough. I am not ashamed to say we were poor, and I’m sure I had it better then some others in the area. We had Goats for the milk, my older brother in NYC bought me a small horse for $40.00. I’ll never forget that!! We ate many Rabbits, and what we called (Groundhog) Woodchucks. We would go to the stone walls at the edge of the fields with the Dog, and she would find their sent. We would start moving stones, and in a matter of minutes we had dinner with no bullet holes! We all made sure the Dog got her share of the meal. My wife, I love her to death and wouldn’t be able to live without her. She is not a country girl, but she can shoot a firearm. We always have a fair amount of dry goods lately, we’re falling back on bottled water. I always have 5 gallons of gas in the garage, and 20 lbs. of propane. Two Utility 4 Wheelers, Coleman lamps, and a Generator. A Kerosene lamp I did my homework with when I was in Jr. HS that’s ready when I am.

  2. Every payday I purchased freeze dried food from a National supplier, the one who freeze dries real meats, and not textured protein. I have accumulated about a three months supply of freeze dried foods, but many shelves of canned goods too in the form of meats and vegetables. Two large bags of rice and one large bag of beans, and 6 five gallon bottles of water which I rotate through the water dispenser to always have fresh water to drink. I also rotate the canned goods as part of every day living. I have purchased a kerosene stove and have stored fuel for that stove, along with a good water filtration system to be able to use water out of a nearby river. I have lots of disposable paper plates and plastic utensils too, to save drinking water in an emergency. if necessary. With some people, three monts of stored food isn’t enough, but I find that to be sufficient…for now. Knowing human nature, I preserve my stash of food with Smith & Wesson. Presently considering to have a 6 months supply of food to fall back on. In a national emergency, those who failed to prepare will probably regret it.

  3. I started stocking just a few years ago for any disaster, be it Global, National, Regional, Local or Personal. A stockpile will allow one to squeeze thru a short term disaster OR until harvesting of a Victory Garden. This year the Regional aspect might save me some $$ if indeed the West Coast drought causes high grocery prices.
    Largest problems with stocking are Where to properly Store it AND Rotation of storage.

  4. Suzanne Wiley is obviously quite expert with respect to the practical applications of prepping, and has the correct approach to the female audience. We need more of the latter – my wife would never have learned how to shoot if I had tried to teach her, or if she had not attended a woman-taught/women-only NRA course. The husbands were allowed to attend, but we wisely sat in the back and kept our mouths shut. Women are much more receptive to engaging in traditionally “men-only” endeavors when the “T-factor” is removed.

    P.S: First time out, my wife outshot me using a 22 rimfire conversion on my 45 1911, and now she manages all the meal planning in our emergency prepping (we had a lot of practice this winter in NJ).

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