Stocking up on food and supplies is an ancient tradition in fall. Bears feed heavily to build up body fat before hibernation. The squirrel buries nuts for the long dark days ahead. S
Stocking up for winter is a tradition for humans just as it is in the animal kingdom. And this year it’s not just the coming winter that has people stocking up. Some are also bracing for a continuation of 2020′s civil unrest and a resurgence of COVID-19.
Whatever you imagine the future may hold, you can get some real peace of mind from stocking up on the things that you and your family will need. And while you hope to never dip into these emergency supplies, it’s better to have them than to be caught lacking.
Failing to prepare at all is the worst thing you can do. The next worst thing you can do is run off to the store with only the instinct to hoard like a packrat before winter, but no plan or list. You should always have a plan. A smart place to begin is with an inventory of the things you already have. Since most outdoorsmen and women already have some basic supplies on hand, take stock of your current inventory. The next step is to determine your needs. Think of the 5 “W”s of journalism: who, what, where, when, and why. Determine who you are supporting (or at least how many people you want to support). Figure out what they will require and what length of time you want to cover (are you building a stockpile to feed your family for 2 weeks, or 2 months, or maybe 2 years?). Have a game plan for the location where you’ll store all this stuff and when you’ll buy it (all at once or paycheck by paycheck). Finally, you’ll need to know why you’re stocking up, as this will impact your shopping list. If it’s only a winter storm season you fear, a few weeks of food and flashlight batteries should cover most of your bases. If you’re planning for a longer emergency, you’ll certainly need a lot more.