Hello! Robert Raskin of Las Vegas back again, and today I’d like to discuss some common mistakes novice preppers make. Let’s face it, unless you were born into a homesteading family, chances are you were new to prepping and survivalism at some point. We all were, but through trial, error, and research, most of us got a lot better at it over time. Today’s blog post is dedicated to those who are new to prepping, and I post it with the hope you will avoid these all-too-common mistakes and save yourself a lot of time, money, and effort.


Have You Taken Inventory of Your Food?

The failure to inventory the food you have stored is a common mistake. Many novice preppers stock a large amount of food when they first get started, but if you don’t take inventory of your stocks regularly, you may forget to replace anything that has expired. If your food expires and disaster strikes, you may find yourself with a lot of food you can’t use.


Have You Bought Gear You Can’t Use?

If you have invested in supplies, equipment, or even weapons, chances are you have spent a significant amount of time researching what to buy, where to buy it, and which tools were the right choice for your situation. What is surprising is that so many people who are new to prepping take the time to buy the right items, and then they don’t spend just as much time learning how to use them. If you have gear that you don’t know how to operate, it’s time to learn.

Survival Stoic has put together an excellent guide on the do’s and don’ts of Bugout Bags you can read about here.

What mistakes did you make when you were starting out? Share your wisdom with the group by posting your comments to me, Robert Raskin, below.


Learn more about the worst rookie prepper mistakes with this video by YouTuber SNO Multimedia.