A little on my beliefs: what I do, why I do it, etc. . .
Why Food Storage?
And to this I'd like to say, "Why not?!" Let's think of the simpliest reason: it's the middle of winter and I don't necessarily feel like braving the cold to go out and get spaghetti sauce. I go down stairs, BAM, right there in my pantry. (Did I mention it's HEALTHIER?!) Now let's explore a different senario. Let's say my husband is out of a job for 6 months, and we're running out of money trying to keep up with the bills. How are we going to afford groceries? If I have a supply of shelf-stable foods, I can rely on that. It just makes sense. Canned foods, dried foods, flour, sugar, salt...What if those things are unavailable one day? Or what if our crazy economy crashes? Think about it, the world isn't as happy-go-lucky as we'd like to believe.
Why BoB and BoV Kits?
I mostly use my BoB(bug-out-bag) for camping. Everything I need to "rough-it" is right there. But if a true TSHTF senario ever went down, I know I could leave my house with my BoB and make it THREE DAYS with water, food, shelter & fire. So, why a BoV(bug-out-vehicle) kit? I'll probably refer to my "BoVK" as my "GHB", or get-home-bag. It's a kit I keep in the trunk of my vehicle to get me home. I have water, food, shelter, and fire-starting methods in there, also. But I always keep a stroller, since I'm the mother of a two-year old, and a carrier with me. If I'm gonna have to hoof-it, you better believe I'm not just carrying my kid on my hip! As my husband once told me, think of it as "insurance". Remember the old saying, "Better to be safe, than sorry"? I pretty much try to live by that.
Aren't all you preppers getting ready for the end of the world? That makes you crazy!
Okay, let's clear that one up RIGHT NOW. NO. Not all preppers think the world is going to end, zombies are going to attack, or any other conspiracy theory. Yes, there are some like that, but the majority of us are preparing for the unknown. The day you're out of a job, can't find work, and can hardly feed your family...If you are a prepper, you KNOW you'll be able to reply on your food storage. The day a jug of milk costs $20 and you just can't afford that; you'll be thanking yourself for stocking up on dehydrated milk. Job loss and inflation are the most common reasons for prepping. But if a true TSHTF senario ever happens, you'll also be able to take care of yourself in that situation.
Isn't prepping expensive?
It can be. But it's also "insurance" if you need it. Besides, I'm most fond of the local Dollar Store deals, anyway! You can't beat Clorox brand bleach @ $1/gal! There are plenty of ways to find deals on good, reliable preparedness items.
I hope this has given you an idea of MY take of prepping, on why it's imporant to ME. Feel free to leave questions & I'll be glad to answer.
I am a woman, living a prepper lifestyle, hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.