Preppers may have a huge stockpile of food, plenty of survival tools, and an emergency plan ready to execute. However, these may be the same preppers who are struggling to make it through a major emergency situation.
Why is this the case?
Well, as it turns out, survival isn’t dependent on just preps alone. In fact, there’s one factor that can unravel the hard work of most any prepper: it’s known as “the human element.”
What does this mean?
Survival is so much more than just having the right preps. Preppers also must have a survival mentality. They must be in the right state of mind in order to push their minds and bodies to the limit in a crisis. For instance, the prepper that makes it is also the one who knows they can survive, and refuses to let any other scenario enter his/her mind.
However, success in a survival situation depends on much more than just wishing to live. It’s also preparing for all of the potential obstacles, difficulties, and trials one can face in any given event.
When it comes down to it, there are two huge factors that separate the ones who live and the ones that don’t. These are:
Knowing How To Use The Right Survival Tools
WAY too many preppers buy survival tools at the store or online, take them home in their fancy packaging, and then toss them in their stockpile and leave them. These are the preppers who are going to have a VERY hard time in a crisis.
They have no experience using the tool. There’s no guarantee this particular tool actually works (or works as well as marketers say it does). And, in many cases, it just “looks cool” and doesn’t have a realistic purpose.
Not to mention, the most effective survival tools are often those that are “multi-use,” meaning they have lots of different uses. Therefore, having lots of survival tools that each do one thing is not only less helpful, but it’s also much more cumbersome to carry around.
The only way to truly prepare is to regularly use the equipment you have. Familiarize yourself with the tool, and research how many ways there are to use it (and then go practice them). Also, make sure these tools will realistically meet your needs in an SHTF scenario. If it’s a luxury item you won’t use very often, it’s probably not worth packing.
The more you use these tools, the more ready you’ll be when that crisis occurs. Plus, if the tools wear down after just a few uses, you’ll know before a disaster strikes that you need a different brand or type of tool that lasts much longer.
Being Able To Handle Stress
Gear can wear down and break. Which is why the mind needs to be ready, prepared, sharp as a tack, and in the right mindset. And nothing disorients the brain quite like stress.
The fact is, it’s incredibly jarring to be living everyday life one day, and be thrown into an intense, stressful survival situation the next. Fortunately, preppers who have the strongest chances of surviving know this ahead of time, and are more ready for it when it happens.
Not only will they be expecting to be working with much less time, resources, and sleep than usual, but they’ll also be more ready to part with the luxuries they had been accustomed to in a pre-crisis scenario.