No doubt about it, we preppers love our “stuff.” Water filters, freeze-dried food, firearms, camping equipment, the list goes on and on. Some of us probably wouldn’t look out of place on Hoarders. Those new to the prepper lifestyle are particularly susceptible to this almost maddening rush to acquire stockpiles of everything and anything.
But, is having “stuff” enough?
To be blunt, not even close! You need to develop the proper skills to not only use all that stuff. You should also skills to fall back on if/when the gear fails.
Having magnesium fire strikers are great, but you need to practice with them. Sitting in the woods, shaking from the cold, is not the best time to open the package and read the instructions.
Reading a book or two on fashioning snares from brass wire isn’t quite the same as actually making one that works.
Stocking up on heirloom seeds is a wonderful idea but if you’ve never so much as dug a hole with a shovel before, gardening might not work out for you the first time around.
And, God help the man who goes out and buys a Ruger 10/22, several cases of ammo, then just puts it all in a closet, feeling good about himself because he can now hunt and protect his family.
The point is this — stuff is great to have and I’d never tell you otherwise. But, without skills, that stuff is worth much less than you paid for it.