Prepping Lite – Ideas for Those Not Willing To Commit

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Last Updated on November 13, 2020

For many people, the idea of prepping for disaster conjures up visions of families in hazmat suits and gas masks readying themselves for the next global virus outbreak. For others, it is the camouflaged survival group with their loaded 4 wheel drive bug-out vehicles shooting their way through some random checkpoint on their route to a hidden survival retreat in the mountains. It really depends on your view of what the prepping lifestyle is as to whether or not these images are extremely distasteful or something you actively aspire to emulate.

I think by this time, the idea of prepping has come a long way and almost everyone can see the benefit on the surface at least, of taking small steps to prepare for disasters small or large that might impact your life. Like the example above, some delve more deeply into the lifestyle part than others, but I think there is a portion of the world out there who wants to take even smaller steps. They want to do something, but they aren’t ready to jump in completely and buy a years’ worth of freeze dried food, or trade in their Prius for a Toyota Tundra. They want to prepare in a way that is sensible to them, but not overboard. They are looking for Prepping Lite.

In my efforts to get everyone prepping, I wanted to illustrate a few of the key principles of prepping and compare them with how your stereotypical Prepper might view what is necessary and contrast them with what a prepping lite person can do that will still give them some benefit should a disaster visit their lives. The understanding of course is that the Prepping Lite solutions presented here will not be as robust or thorough, but should be better than nothing. If that is what it takes to get you to start prepping, then so be it.


Prepper RecommendationsFood is critical to survival and I shouldn’t have to defend this one at all. Stock up as much food as possible that your family will eat. Other factors like cooking come into play, but long-term food storage is an important aspect of food preps. Plan on raising livestock such as chickens or rabbits and hunting for wild game as possible supplements to your pantry.

Prepper Lite Recommendations – Start with 3 days’ worth of food that doesn’t need refrigeration. Simple ideas are canned soups, tuna, canned chicken, rice, or beans. Have some good vitamins to help with immune strength and don’t forget the manual can opener. If you do, or you just get bored, you can use this simple trick.


Prepper Recommendations – One gallon per day per person. For a family of 4 plus pets, assume 150 gallons of water per month of survival. Living on a lake or having a well is a plus, but having backup disinfection methods and a way to gather water from other sources (rain barrels) is a priority. You can almost always find water if needed, but you have to make it safe to drink to avoid illness.

Prepper Lite Recommendations – Store 15 gallons of water in your house or apartment and purchase simple water filters like the Sawyer mini or better yet, the 4 liter Sawyer filtration system for more capacity and plan on raiding the local park, home water heater if needed or your neighbor’s Coy pond. A Water BOB is another good backup if you have the warning. Simply fill up the tub and have 100 gallons for the disaster. Prices have come back down now, but during the height of the Ebola scare, these were selling for $98. No, I am not kidding.


Prepper Recommendations – Wood burning stove is usually recommended, but Kerosene heaters work very well in a pinch too. Make sure you have plenty of stored fuel.

Prepper Lite Recommendations – Sealing off rooms will trap body heat and a good oil lantern will give you light as well as warmth. Sleeping bags and plenty of warm layers combined with keeping the cold out will keep you alive.


Prepper Recommendations – Pretty decent physical condition is what we strive for because survival will be a lot more work than sitting on your butt behind a computer (yes I am looking at myself here). A good baseline is to be able to move your own body weight. Push-ups, Sit-ups and 2 mile run/jog 3 times a week will make you healthy enough to shoulder that bug out bag into the wilderness or work in your survival garden all day.

Prepper Lite Recommendations – Get out and walk daily. If nothing else, the fresh air will be good for you and walking is a great form of exercise. If you need to lose weight, start by just trying to lose a few pounds.


Prepping tip - If the heat goes out, set up your own survival shelter. A tent indoors will trap your body heat and keep you warmer.
If the heat goes out, set up your own survival shelter. A tent indoors will trap your body heat and keep you warmer.

Prepper Recommendations – An underground bunker or a remote cabin in the woods is the prepper dream, but out of reach for many of us. A well-stocked home location with provisions for security and a mind toward self-reliance should the grid go down, is a respectable second.

Prepper Lite Recommendations – If you live in a large city, identify structures that could be safer. These could include friends who live within a short drive (less than 2 hours) away and who would be willing to take you in should a disaster force you from your home.


Prepper Recommendations – Firearms are a personal choice, but I would say most preppers recommend some form of legal firearm protection. We recommend our top 5 firearms if you are so inclined, but at a minimum you should have a means of protecting your family. Firearms make the most sense for a lot of people.

Prepper Lite Recommendations – If you can only get one firearm, or begrudgingly accept that you need to have some protection, but refuse to buy into the whole prepper battery of arms idea, I would suggest a shotgun. Shotguns have their limitations, but if you can only have one weapon for survival and don’t want to spend a ton of money, my vote is a simple 12 gauge shotgun. Buy a few boxes of buck shot and get practice. If that isn’t your cup of tea, try the closest Krav Maga classes near you.

Do you have any prepper lite recommendations?

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For water filtration without investing in large, stationary tanks and filters, consider the Platypus Gravityworks system. Filters 4L of water in <3 minutes, and is barely 1/2 the price of the Sawyer system. It was also the top rated filtration system in at least two water filter reviews I've read. You can go even cheaper by just buying the piece parts from Amazon, skipping the 'clean' bag and just filtering into your water bladders.

Pat Henry

Great suggestions Bob. There are several bag systems like this and each have different features and price points. I was looking at an MSR bag too. Will definitely be switching to a set up like this for camping over my hand pump (which I will still keep for backup) even though it has served me well.

colt triarii

We have extra break barrel shotguns for any gun illiterates we wind up with, as they are easy to use, easy to load, and most importantly, easy to tell if they are loaded so they do not accidentally shoot you.


I would definitely recommend either an H&R Pardner or Pardner Pump shotgun to anyone who isn’t big on gun. They’re both easy to use and built like tanks. Couple that with a basic fiream safety and handling class (and maybe a Hi-Point 9mm) and you’ve got a decent defense plan.

Pat Henry

I keep seeing Hi-Points every time I go to a gun show or a Pawn shop usually. The ~ $100 price is always tempting, but I haven’t gotten one yet.


For what they are, they’re decent little pistols. Mine has never given me any trouble, it’s fairly accurate, and out of all the guns in its price range, it’s certainly the best. I figure just have a shotgun may be cumbersome, especially when doing tasks where both hands and maneuverability would be needed. And since the pistol would probably spend the majority of its life holstered, and a non-prepper and non-firearms savvy type probably would want to through down a cool grand for a piece, the hi-Point would be the way to go.

Pat Henry

Are those for Barter or friends Colt?

colt triarii

A simple, cheap (Less than $30 at Walmart) 12 volt battery inverter can charge all your cell phones, i-Pads , laptops etc.

And thats a big deal for generation next.


I have to imagine it’s important for a lot of people, not just the aforementioned “generation next”. My mother owns a regularly uses an iPod. Being able to charge various gadgets for a little relaxation and distraction during rough times would mean a lot. As the saying goes “You learn to cherish the little things when the little things are all that’s left”.

Pat Henry

Great idea, but for those who don’t have a vehicle (assuming you were talking about plugging into the cigarette lighter) a solar option like the Goal Zero will give recharge capacity (although slower) without the need for an engine.


These “Prepping 101” style articles are great. I was just talking last night to a fellow at work who said he “wished” he could start prepping but thought he didn’t have the money for it. I immediately pulled up this website and showed him this article and the original “101” series which got me finally motivated to start prepping. He didn’t realize it was all manageable in small steps as finances allow. Hell, he’s already got a bunch of guns and ammo so he’s a lot further ahead than some of us. Buying food and water is easy compared to… Read more »

Pat Henry

Thank you very much Matt! Interesting how we all view this mountain of prepping in our own minds. Some people might be the opposite and have plenty of food, but no security and consider themselves in the same boat as your friend.

I smell an article idea in here somewhere.

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