If the Covid epoch taught me anything, it’s that having some provisions stored away is indeed a good idea.
In those first weeks of staying home glued to the news, trying to determine what was happening, it was entirely eerie to venture out and drive around town. The city that normally had me cursing its crowded streets full of overly cautious drivers, was a ghost town. Everyone doing their part to stay inside and wait it out.
We had groceries delivered to our front door for awhile. Or Mark would go to the health food market to get the five gallon jugs of water that we drink. That worked until we were able to determine that it was fine to go back to doing our own shopping, and I’m extremely grateful for the services, but it wasn’t ideal. Had we been facing some type of deadly air pollution or natural disaster that kept everyone locked inside, we would have needed to depend on food stores, and I don’t mean the half eaten expired bags of rice and pasta in the pantry and the odd freezer burned meat that is destined for the trash.
I typically grocery shop every four days. That just seems to be the amount of time I am comfortable meal planning for, and although I find preppers fascinating (and smart!) I myself never put up any food in case of emergency. I do however grow, dry, and store my own herbs and make my own medicinal remedies. I have the skills to think seasonally and plan accordingly. So, I started thinking about and planning what folks call a “Prepper Pantry.”
Each time I go to the grocery store I buy an .89¢ gallon jug of drinking water, a canned good or two and a dry good like rice or beans, instant coffee, or spice mixes. I began this practice just a few months ago and let me tell you it adds up quickly! My goal is to have enough put back to feed my family (including my small extended family in town) for a few months.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized I was going to need more than just food. If we had a bad storm that took the power out we need wood to burn for heat and to cook with. And lighters and matches and candles. A life straw, warm blankets and wool clothing, dog food, and on and on my list began to grow. I was beginning to see how this could turn into more than just a hobby. But everywhere I looked I was getting little signs of encouragement that I was on the right track. Even our pastor at church encouraged us to put away food, water, guns and gold!
I gotta say, building up my prepper pantry has given me a sense of comfort. A sense of control in an unstable time. I’m not planning an underground bunker or setting up booby traps on the property parameters (yet :D) but I feel totally comfortable saying I’ve gone Prepper Lite. Luckily, here in the Ozarks, I’m in good company.
If you have any tips, or advice for a girl just starting out on her preparedness journey, please leave them in the comments! Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the internet. Until next time!