When To Make Those Last Runs To The Store For Last-Minute Preps & Prepping?

There is a point in time when you have to realize that you’ll have to work with what you have, which brings us to an even more important fact…

by Selco via The Organic Prepper

I might call this article “Coronavirus Update” or “The Latest about Covid19” or something flashy like that, but in essence, it is not about that, mostly because I do not have anything too smart to say about newest situation, and I am not here to frighten you into something, or to bring panic, or to “shovel fear”.

I call it simply “continuing preparing”.

The smartest people from the medical field do not have any huge updates or ideas about the virus, except that it may go in a few different directions. Some of those are very bad, but all of us are simply waiting to see what will be.

What I want to write about are a few interesting things that I noticed.

Panic is contagious

How many times have we heard those words “panic is contagious?” Especially we in the prepper community?

And how many times have we discussed and concluded that once something serious is about to happen, we are gonna stay calm while everybody else around us is panicking?

Well, panic is contagious, so even people who like to think they are prepared are going into panic everywhere as I see.

Once more it is proven that as much as the availability of information on public media and numerous “breaking news” stories are good, because we have a choice and timely information. But it is also proven that false media can bring people to make bad decisions because they are panicking.

For example, is there any sense in running into crowded stores now to buy stuff if you are a prepper and you believe there is a danger of pandemic and catching the disease in crowded areas?

Well, there is sense only if you are not stocked already, and then you are not a prepper, or you simply planned wrong.

I know, I know, there are always those “last runs” to get something important. I have been there too.

But there is a moment in time when you have to realize that you’ll have to work with what you have, which brings us to an even more important fact:

Yes, it might be bad, but it is what it is.

As many times as you go for those “last runs” to shops, buying things, piling up stuff at home, you will not be able to sustain the quality of life you had prior to the collapse (for lack of a better word.)

It is not only about you. It is possibly about the failure of the whole system. So, stuff will help you to cope with it, but no matter what you bought, it will be a different life. It will be much harder.

Now, it is very important here to mention is that I do not advocate having nothing when the SHTF and just sitting there philosophically and hoping for the best. No, of course, you have to own stuff that is gonna help you. But again, even we can easily fall into the trap of panicking and buying stuff at the wrong moment or simply investing all our money in wrong things, or maybe because of panic, failing to notice some important information or a change in the events.

You are a prepper. You are ready as much as you can be. Do not fall too much into panic and “last runs”.

Bending the rules

It is a new world. It is already today a new world, so you should adapt yourself and your actions to it. Do not try to “bend the rules”.

If you want to go on vacation, do not go on vacation and use excessive amounts of hand cleaning gel and masks. Do not clean the doorknobs in hotels or wear a mask in airplanes, etc.

If you think that all that needs to be done on your vacation then simply DO NOT go on that vacation. It is not worth it.

Do not bend the rules.

It is simply about new priorities. It is about what is important and what is not important.

A perfect analogy would be (as an example only) that you bought a power generator for SHTF in an apartment building to put on the balcony in a tough neighborhood.

The SHTF and you want to have electric power by a generator. But the only apartment with a power generator will be yours.


Not really. You’ll simply have to adapt to life without electric power because everyone else around you does not have it.

The lesson here is that you cannot have all the “cool things” of normal life once the SHTF. You will have to adopt that thinking now.

It is a different life. Pay attention to basics instead of the cool things. In my courses, I talk about how life changed once the SHTF. You have to let go of your old life and understand you’re living a different life when things break down.

Oh my God, we are all gonna die.

No, we won’t. Life will go on in any case, even if the worst scenario becomes the truth, life will go on. We still do not know how bad this will be.

Maybe this all pass away and be nothing too serious. Maybe not. Nobody knows.

One more important thing is that even if this illness goes very mild, the damage that happened worldwide economically is something that we are all gonna feel for years. At this moment maybe we do not see it because we are looking at more important things like survival. But economics alone will bring a lot of bad changes in the coming months and years, worldwide.

You are a prepper

Yes, you are. Otherwise, you probably would not read this article. So by definition, you should be better prepared than most other folks.

Again, go back to basics and stop panicking about this (if you are).

Instead of running in circles do something useful in the basics department. For example, check what kind of medicines your family members regularly take for chronic conditions and research how you could obtain a stash of it for a few months or at least some natural substitutes. Check how many rainy days your area has just in case you have to collect your water from the roof for a few months. Or simply sit down and think about what essentials you need for a one-month period of not leaving your home.

Go back to the basics of survival. That should be your focus.

About Selco:

Selco survived the Balkan war of the 90s in a city under siege, without electricity, running water, or food distribution. 

In his online works, he gives an inside view of the reality of survival under the harshest conditions. He reviews what works and what doesn’t, tells you the hard lessons he learned, and shares how he prepares today.

He never stopped learning about survival and preparedness since the war. Regardless of what happens, chances are you will never experience extreme situations as Selco did. But you have the chance to learn from him and how he faced death for months.

Real survival is not romantic or idealistic. It is brutal, hard and unfair. Let Selco take you into that world.