Many fear that getting away puts them in a vulnerable place (exposed, away from home, without their preps) but I think that being a prepper is not about living your life in fear. Staying prepared does not mean you cannot enjoy life, or take a vacation. Balance, and moderation are extremely important to preparedness. Just think about it!
We should apply balance by:
- Working towards an ample supply of preps among many necessity groups (food, water, hygiene items, security, knowledge, etc..).
- Prioritizing time for each of our different preps (Time to garden, practice at the range, can food, rotate water stores, etc…)
- Budgeting a percentage of our money for using towards being prepared – Not enough that we can’t pay our bills, but enough that we can purchase items we feel we may need.
Without proper balance, we may have enough ammunition to fight off the entire state of New York, but not enough know-how to obtain clean water.
We should apply moderation by:
- Developing a meal plan to ensure we use only the necessary rations and thereby extending how long our food stores last.
- Resist urges to over-indulge in any one facet of our lifestyle such as spending too much time or money getting prepared and thereby neglecting family.
Moderation is applied in order to achieve balance. Without proper moderation, we lose balance all together and ultimately fail.
What does any of this have to do with being prepared on vacation?
To that I say, everything! Life is a balancing act. We need to spend time home with our families preparing, but we also need to take breaks, get away and relax.
Instead of living our lives in fear, we should apply moderation to ensure that we experience and enjoy life while still mitigating risk when possible.
As I write this post, I’m sitting at the dinette table of our motor home, 1400 miles away from home.
We’ve done a few key things to mitigate risks and stay prepared on this trip. Some of which I’ll share below:
- We made a plan containing routes and alternate routes to get home quickly if needed.
- We planned the trip so that we left at the same time some people we trust were visiting the area so that they could house-sit for security, and upkeep of our homestead.
- We keep our fuel tank above 3/4 full whenever possible, stopping frequently to stretch and top-off the tank.
- We brought what supplies we could fit (and still live comfortably) such as: cases of water, food, blankets, first aid kit, tools, things that go boom, etc…
- I’m holding a handheld ham radio to stay in communication, and beneath my seat is a spare battery and charger.
- We’ve upgraded the RV with an external WiFi antenna for staying connected when possible, as well as a digital TV antenna for local news/weather.
- Speaking of weather, I’ve programmed my ham radio with the NOAA weather radio frequencies (There’s 7 of them) so that we can always know what we’re driving in to.
- The RV is outfitted with a large propane tank for heat and cooking, a very large gasoline tank, as well as a 4kW Onan generator when we cannot plug in somewhere.
We could have done a lot more, but we didn’t want to sacrifice more living space. Yes! We balanced our needs for preparedness with our needs for comfort and enjoyment.
Now I understand that not every prepper has an RV with all the amenities that we have, and that is perfectly OK! You can still be prepared while on vacation in a truck, van, or even a small passenger car! Remember the two words I brought up earlier? Balance and moderation! Balance your comfort with your storage needs, or maybe you should apply moderation and avoid travelling farther than you can bring supplies to support. However, the latter certainly does not mean that you can’t or shouldn’t get away!
The ultimate point of this article is to make you consider two things:
- It’s not just okay, it’s extremely smart to work hard on getting prepared, but don’t stop enjoying life by becoming hyper-focused.
- It’s okay to take a break from prepping and get away! If it causes you stress to be away from your homestead, bring some necessities with you.
Of course, as is the case with anything, a little balance and moderation will not only help you be better prepared for a wider variety of disasters, it will also make you happier. This I can guarantee.
It’s important to keep things in perspective and how can you do that if all you’re seeing is the inside of your supply closet? Remember, preparedness is about minimizing risks when possible, not avoiding them altogether.
Summer is here, get out there and enjoy life! Go camping, visit relatives, or see a landmark! Whatever you do, make sure you’re taking some sanity time away from the preps. Just be smart. You don’t have to leave your vigilance behind!
From the road,