Updated: Oct 16
Minimalist prepping is just like normal prepping except you might not have as much stuff and spend a little more money, but with a lot more peace. The key is to buy products that will actually work as intended and will last a long time. Minimalist preppers want the peace of mind that they will be able to take care of themselves and their families in an emergency. This takes two things, knowledge, and good quality products. Once you have those things you can be at peace about emergencies and don't have to worry about the future.
Here are a few do's and don'ts at gaining peace as a minimalist prepper.
Research what disaster might affect you most. If you don't live where hurricanes happen you shouldn't be preparing for hurricanes. As you start preparing, rank what type of crisis will most likely happen first, then prepare for that one. Once you have what you need for the that one, then move on to the less likely ones to occur.
If you live in Florida, make sure you are prepared for a hurricane, then prepare for next type of disaster such as civil unrest, saving the major ones like economic collapse and Marshal Law for the end. If you are already prepared for the immediate disaster, then by all means move on to the next step. Preparing this way will help you not get overwhelmed so you can make wise decisions and will be easier on you financially as well.
Test your gear out. There are a lot of websites that are paid by a company to review or endorse their product, so you can't solely rely on what they say. They might be good products, but money tends to make good people do unethical things. Make sure it's good quality and it works for what you will be using it for. Sometimes you want duplicates of a certain product as a backup, but if they both fail then you are out of luck.
Don't be ashamed to admit you don't know how to use something either. Ask for help if you don't know what you are doing. When I first got started bow hunting I thought I would buy a boy online and just head out to the woods. Turns out there was a lot more to it. I had to have someone actually fit the bow and arrows to my body size. It took over two hours to get everything tuned in so I could maximize the potential of the bow. Then I had to practice until I became consistent with my shots. The same goes for many survival products on the market. Know your gear!
Have a plan for leaving your home and staying in your home. Not all emergencies will require you to leave home. So many people are preparing to leave their homes and forget to buy things they might need if they have to stay home. I recommend having a bug-out bag and a bug-in bag (or tote). An example of a bug-in bag is having fire starters, food, generator, rechargeable batteries, flashlights, gasoline, hunting/fishing equipment, home and generator surge/EMP protectors, sleeping bags, home defense gear, ammo, etc.
One nice thing about bug-in equipment is that it can be bigger since you don't have to carry it around everywhere. You might not take a full-sized axe with if you have to leave town, but you sure can leave it in the garage. Same with a generator. That would be pretty hard to lug around, but if the power shuts off for any reason, that generator will come in handy. You can also use this stuff for regular use as well. Try to think of what you might need that will have multiple uses.
Don't be fearful. Fear makes people do weird and irrational things. As a combat veteran, I understand how fear can cause irrational behavior. I used to find myself crouched down in the bushes outside my house in the middle of the night waiting for a would-be intruder to show themselves. All wearing nothing but my boxers and an AK-47. Why? Because I heard a noise outside that turned out to be the wind.
I have many stories similar to this. All because I allowed fear to take over my mind, which drove my actions. This fear didn't just affect me either. My wife got caught up in it too. What is she to think when I jump out of bed with an assault rifle sneaking around in the middle of the night, not coming back for 30 to 40 minutes? As the leader of my house I was sowing fear and reaping erratic and unhealthy behaviors that affected the whole family. Learn to be prepared while walking in peace, not fear...
Don't buy whatever you see first. Research which products are good and will last. The last thing you want is some cheap product to break when you actually need it. Would you buy a $500 car if you were going to be driving across the country? No, because it would probably break down. Emergencies are hard enough with good products, don't settle for less when preparing for potential life-altering events.
Fear can be at play here as well. Don't be so fearful thinking you need all your survival products right now just in case it happens tomorrow. Take your time and research quality products. If you can't afford to buy a quality item right now, then just wait until you can afford it. Rome wasn't built in a day... Slow and steady progress is the right way to do it.
Don't stock up on everything you can. A lot of people fall into this when they first start preparing. They get excited and start buying everything they see without doing the proper research. Many times they will buy either too cheap or overpriced items. It can be a waste of money and become a burden having too much stuff that you don't need. As a minimalist prepper, you only want what you will need. Sometimes you may want to get more than you need to be able to help others out, so even if you do get too much you can always gift it to others in need.
When I started stocking up on survival products I went for the cheapest stuff first so I could hurry up and get it. I later regretted it because after getting the quality products, I had too much stuff. This is where I will gift out the stuff I don't need. In the meantime, it is still just sitting around my house taking up space. Take my word for it, take your time and get what you actually need.