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As soon as the calendar flips to February, most New Year’s resolutions are forgotten. Whether you’ve been prepping for years, or are just starting out, the list below should get you on the way to making the necessary decisions that will not only secure, but ensure you’re survival.

Some of the tips below are standard, and apply to everyone across the board, while others are specific to preppers.

  1. Get fit

Some people spend their free time running marathons and climbing mountains; that is when they aren’t dog-sledding in below freezing weather. Most of us to be honest need to make a number of adjustments. Tasks that will be the norm during a survival situation, such as heavy lifting, or walking for miles, should be taken up as a sport if you intend to be one of the lucky few who get to re-populate the earth.

  1. Lose weight

If you have packed on some extra pounds, now is the best time to start shedding them. You cannot live off your fat. If anything, you’re excess body weight may just be you’re downfall. Just picture all the non-preppers out there who’ve run out of food during a crisis and would love nothing better than a big fat juicy steak i.e. you!  Okay, that was a little morbid, but you get the point.

  1. Stop the bad habits

Do you drink? Like to have a smoke? Can’t wake up without a coffee? Imagine how much harder your life will be if you’re battling the effects of withdrawal in your little tent in the woods, while trying to figure out the safest place to take your family.

  1. Try to get off the drugs

While we are still on the topic of withdrawal, take a close look at your medicine cabinet. If you have prescription medicines that you can’t live without, do not throw them away. On the other hand, are there some things you don’t need? Pain killers can easily be replaced with herbs, which will enable you to cope much better when such treatments become unavailable.

  1. Practice your survival skills

Whether it’s shooting, throwing knives or hand to hand combat, you need to stay sharp, and the only way to do that is to practice. Commit to a weekly session to ensure that you are accurate when it counts the most

  1. Learn a new skill

If you’re great at sewing or cooking, learn how to garden or shoot a gun. If you are strongest at protection and hunting, learn how to cook or take a first aid class. You never know what could happen in a survival situation, so being well rounded is the best chance you have of getting through, or out of a bad situation.

  1. Recommit to your stockpile.

We all go through phases of complete commitment, followed by a less than concerned attitude. Do you know what you have in your stockpile? Take inventory and figure out what’s missing, or what you need more of. Look at your budget and figure out how you can make the most use of it. Make a list and devote yourself to starting off the year by creating the perfect prepper home.

If at all possible, find a way to start disengaging from the system. This does not necessarily mean that you should move into the woods, but make small changes that will allow for some form of independence. Grow your own food, go camping and learn how to “rough it”.  Figure out how to read a compass, or for the more enterprising, build your own power supply. The more familiar you are with life out of your comfort zone, the easier it’ll be to adjust.

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