The 8 Biggest Mistakes Preppers Make

Over the last 3 years that I’ve been prepping, there seem to be some repeating blunders that I see preppers making.

This video explains the 8 most common prepping mistakes people make, which are:

  1. Hyper-focusing on one specific survival “hobby” at the expense of other prepping areas.
  2. Outsourcing your food storage
  3. Outsourcing your survival kit or bug out bag
  4. Planning to be a “lone wolf” when SHTF
  5. Shelter, water, food, not food, water, shelter
  6. Having an EDC that you don’t carry everyday
  7. Having a bunch of supplies but no plan
  8. Having a bunch of supplies and a plan but not ever practicing.

What are the other mistakes you see preppers make? Did I miss any?

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  • Another bitter vet

    A well thought out list of what to really concentrate on. I agree with you 100%

    • Urbivalist Dan

      thanks. appreciate you watching and commenting.

  • lgd113

    Having plans and real knowledge or supposed knowledge but never gathering supplies to implement the plan. Ask me how I know?

    • Urbivalist Dan

      another bad scenario…

  • ThatGuy

    I would say those who try to play catch up and use credit to do so. From 0 to 20k in credit card debt buying up supplies, thinking T-SHTF will happen tomorrow so it’s all worth it. And then the payments start rolling in….

    • Urbivalist Dan

      agreed and you bring up a great point. I actually faced this choice a while ago when I was still in debt. Is it better to add some to the debt with physical preps or get completely out of debt before you start putting away preps? Probably a moderate middle ground that makes the most sense eh?

  • TPM

    Been focused on prepping for the past couple of years. Some of it, I was already doing.
    We grew up gardening, canning and freezing our home grown produce. I still garden, today.
    We grew up hunting and fishing. Our freezer was always full of Lake Erie fish and wild game.
    I’ve belonged to a warehouse club, for many years. Why buy a can of soup for $1 at your local grocery, when you can buy a case of it for $0.50 / can?
    My folks built a home in the mid 1950’s. They added a bomb shelter, with the Cold War constantly in the news. They stored food & water there. Still use it today. Makes for a great safe room / vault for your gear. Guess I started storing water & food, years ago, because that’s how we were raised.
    We don’t buy freeze dried survival foods or MRE’s. We buy what we eat, in bulk. We rotate it and always have enough for 6 months out. The one thing I did add to our stock was some bulk purchased rice and beans, some dehydrated milk and eggs and some bouillon & powdered gravy / soup bases.
    Here’s a great source for #10 and 5 gallon cans of food, plus storage buckets and more … check out the nearest Church of the LDS. They have a retail outlet in (my home town) Columbus, Ohio. They are BIG on prepping and I’ve yet to find better prices.

    • Urbivalist Dan

      sounds like you grew up in a super sound household. Glad to hear you’re storing what you eat–I come down kinda hard on the bulk freeze dried suppliers because it’s just such a business. And because it’s not a good bet for long term food preps. I don’t think they’re a bad idea for a couple days or even a couple weeks worth in the BOBs, but not for long term food storage.

      funny you mention the mormon canneries. I actually am mormon, but have only gone to a cannery once. I need to get my butt in gear and get back there. The food is great and you’re right, it is a really good deal.

  • bensmagginolia

    ive been a hurricane prepper since I was a small child on the gulf coast learning from my parents. we always had lots of canned goods that we used in everyday cooking…and all the other stuff everyone today thinks is so important. it was just normal. in march we made sure to get a list of stuff we needed to replenish the supply and began using it up in November if there were no storms during the summer. now I keep the supplies updated all year long for any kind of emergency. my friends think im crazy because of my cute little EDC but they always ask me first if they need anything. my father lived with me for many years and I always had his bug out bag ready to go. I signed him up for the county to come and take him to a shelter. that way I knew he was safe and I could stay behind to get things battened down and leave without having to worry about him or of him getting too worried about his little girl doing it all on her own. haha he was quite impressed that I remembered everything he taught me.
    I don’t have any crazy hobbies to speak of. I have a gun and ammo but also other things to use as weapons if needed. I may be 65 but I can still take care of myself…..up to a point, of course. I do know my limitations but don’t mess with the little old woman with the gun. haha. my only problem is that I live in an urban area in a small apartment and don’t have a car anymore. I walk daily and know my neighborhood well. in case of a storm, I plan to bug in if at all possible for the short term but I have been invited to move to a friends 5 acre homestead not far from the city if anything worse happens. we have been canning and dehydrating together so some time now and she has a large garden and lots of chickens. she is retired army and a farm girl too so I think we will be okay with her family.
    I enjoy your vids and website and have learned and relearned a lot from you.
    keep up the good work,

    • Urbivalist Dan

      Great comment Mag, thanks for swinging by and for sharing some of your experience. When you mention hurricanes, I have to say, Hurricanes are the most regularly devastating acts of nature we face in our country. I grew up in San Diego and we had a ton of wildfires and earthquakes, but nothing with the regularity and crippling severity that many hurricanes come with. Very cool to hear about your bug out agreement. In the early days of my “prepperhood”, I used to dream about having a bug out location, but now I realize that it’s really probably much more realistic to just have reciprocal agreements with a couple friends or family members of varying distances from your home. It sounds like you have a smart option. Appreciate the kind words and look forward to seeing you around here more!

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