Whether scarce or abundant, it is always a good practice to conserve resources. Making the most of every asset is part of the prepper’s creed.
This is important in every area of prepping: the beans, the bullets, and the band-aids. The longer our supplies last, the better off we’ll be. It’ll cost less in the good times and our cupboards will remain full longer in times of adversity.
Conserving Resources While Surviving
But being thrifty is not just for prepping at home; it’s also very important in survival situations. What do I mean?
Subtle changes to how you use and consume the resources around you while effecting survival can have a major impact on how long those resources are available.
- Why use your knife blade to scrape bark from a cedar tree when you can conserve the blade’s edge and use a sharp stone to collect the tinder?
- Why use a match to start a fire when you can coax last night’s fire back to life with a little tinder and some gentle blowing?
- Why build a roaring bonfire on a warm summer’s eve when a small camp fire will suffice to cook your meal and purify your water?
- Why eat the last of your store-bought rations when you have a stream full of small fish that can be easily caught?
In survival situations as well as in daily life, it pays to be thrifty. As the axiom states: waste not, want not. Being mindful of how you use the resource available during a survival situation gives you a better chance to effect survival in the long run. Remember, hope for the best (an early rescue) and plan for the worst (being stranded for an indefinite length of time).