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Hobbies Can Make You a Better Prepper, by Dan Vale

Preppers are blessed if their family members take prepping as seriously as they themselves do. The children in a prepper family, however, may not be as easily convinced of the need for the prepping lifestyle as will the older generations. These seniors have lived long enough to have encountered natural disasters such as tornadoes and man-made disasters such as the Great Depression and the Great Recession of 2008.

If this naivete is a problem, however, all is not lost. “Stealth prepping” through fun hobbies is one way to prepare young, naive children for emergencies. By encouraging your family members to pursue prepper-related hobbies that they like, your family members will be more likely to contribute to the readiness of your family.

So, what are some prepper-related hobbies? This article will describe a wide variety of prepper-related hobbies. Chances are that at least some of these hobbies might be of interest to your family members. Look upon the hobbies in this article as you would look upon descriptions of food on a restaurant menu. Nobody eats all of the foods on the menu.

If a family member becomes interested in some of these prepper-related hobbies, preppers can encourage that interest. Methods of doing so include making sure the family members have the money, transportation, or whatever they need to pursue the prepper -elated hobby or hobbies of interest to them.

Who does not enjoy vacations? Traveling vacations can be a special treat. Packing for a vacation trip in some ways is like a slow motion procedure of bugging out. A family that has taken a number of traveling vacations probably will be more effective at bugging out.

If the family members enjoy camping, these traveling vacations will cheaper than staying in motels, and camping also can present good opportunities to teach and practice many prepper-related skills. Examples of such skills are putting up a tent, starting a campfire, hiking, compass reading, and cooking over a campfire.

Cooking Skills

Let’s talk more about cooking. If more than one family member is skilled at cooking, the family will have a backup chef if the main chef becomes sick or is otherwise not available. Cooking is a good hobby for family members. As Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “An army travels on its stomach.” .

How is playing a musical instrument a prepper-related skill? Consider what happens, for example, during a power blackout. The bad news is that electronic entertainment might not be as available. Some family members are so addicted to electronic entertainment that they can suffer from stimulus deprivation when that electronic entertainment is not available.

But now for the good news. If one or more family members can play musical instruments, then they can provide stimulus-deprived family members some entertainment similar to that provided to families generations ago, before there was electronic entertainment. Such old fashioned entertainment might result in family members singing together and becoming more bonded to one another. Musical instruments can range in size from a harmonica to a piano. The smaller musical instruments have the advantage of being portable during a bug out.

I do not consider church attendance a hobby. I will, however, mention it in this article because church attendance helps prepper family members to bond not only with God, but also with other worshipers outside of their family. Examples of activities that facilitate such bonding include church picnics and dinners, group tourist outings, and Christmas caroling.

These friendship bonds can be important during disasters. One family, for example, might have plenty of a skill or commodity that another family needs and vice versa. If there is trust between these families, then they will be more likely to safely and ethically trade between themselves for what each family needs.

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Radio Hobbies

Ham Radio or police band monitoring, can give prepper families a more thorough picture of what is happening in their area before, during, and after a disaster. Encouraging an interest in these hobbies can result in a prepper family that is well informed and able to react quickly and effectively to disasters.

Crossword puzzles? What could that hobby possibly have to do with prepping?! This hobby’s relevance is more than is immediately obvious. Crossword puzzles are a fun way to improve the vocabulary and spelling of those who pursue this hobby. These improvements will develop writing skills. Younger family members will increase their writing skills and senior family members will keep their writing skills sharp. Clear, written communications can be critical for families separated before, during, or after a disaster. Crossword puzzles have graduated levels of difficulty. Thus, each puzzler can choose his or her own level of difficulty.

Crossword puzzles also will develop persistence in overcoming problems. There are, for example, many word spaces that seem impossible to fill in at the beginning of a crossword puzzle effort. By filling in the words that they know, however, puzzlers can eventually see one or more letters of an unknown word and can guess the right word. Problem solving can be a similar process, and there will be plenty of problems to be solved during a disaster.

Team Sports

What do team sports have to do with prepping? Team sports teach teamwork and leadership skills. Both of these skills will be helpful when a prepper family encounters a disaster. Examples of team sports at all levels are Little League baseball (ages 5-16) and Babe Ruth baseball (ages 13-18).

Disasters create many conditions that can cause considerable stress for family members. If family members are confined to their homes, cabin fever might develop. If family members must interact constantly with one another, and if daily patterns of living are drastically changed, stress can cause arguments that will further increase the mental tension in the household.

Getting family members interested and involved in aerobic exercise before a disaster will expose them to the incredible stress busting effects of aerobic exercise. If family members are accustomed to using aerobic exercise to lower their stress, they will be more likely to use aerobics to lessen their stress during disasters. Examples of aerobic exercise include walking, jogging, skipping rope, and handball. Another example is a parent and child one-on-one basketball game.

Exercising outdoors can be a multi-sensual, addicting experience. Seeing the sun shining through the morning dew drops makes them look as bright as diamonds. Seeing rainbows, sunrises, sunsets, and seasonal color changes of leaves can be incredible experiences. Feeling the wind and sunshine on skin can be a sensual experience. Listening to the sounds of birds and crickets can be hypnotic. Smelling the blossoming flowers in the spring, and the pine trees all year long is pleasurable. As William Cowper said, “Nature is but a name for an effect, whose cause is God.”


Even if confined to a house during a disaster, aerobic exercise still is possible. In multistory houses, for example, going up and down stairs will give an aerobic workout. Aerobic exercise is even possible in a single story house that is without electric power. A stationary bike does not require the electricity that a treadmill requires. Skipping rope is another possibility.

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Aerobic exercise will improve the heart health of prepper family members and make them less likely to suffer strokes and heart attacks. Such medical emergencies are bad enough during normal times, but are especially dangerous during disasters when stress is high and medical facilities are not available or are overextended.

With appropriate modifications, aerobic exercise can be suitable for all family members. Senior family members who have arthritis, for example, might want to walk, bicycle, or swim instead of run. As another example, seniors with balance problems might choose to use a stationary, indoor bike rather than a regular, outdoor bike. Consulting with a doctor about exercise plans is a good idea, especially for those who are on medications.

Weight Training

Weight training is another hobby that is valuable to a prepper family. Elderly family members who strengthen themselves through weight training might, as an example, carry young children during a hasty evacuation rather than having to be helped by another family member to evacuate themselves.

Those younger family members who train with weights, as another example, will be less likely to pull a muscle or wrench a back when doing something physically stressful during an emergency. An example might be hauling buckets of water out of a basement that is quickly flooding due to a failed sump pump.

Weight training can be done at home, and doing so has many advantages. For example, there would be no commute to and from the gym and no monthly fees. There also would be no waiting to use an exercise machine and no distraction from other gym members who might be looking for dates with other gym members.

Thrift stores often have weights and other exercise equipment at very low prices. When done at home, the preppers also can serve as positive role models to their children who might be playing video games on the couch. Once teenaged boys see how much weight lifting fills them out physically, they rarely need more encouragement to lift weights.

Food-Related Hobbies

Hunting, fishing, and gardening also are excellent prepper-related hobbies. Especially during the unemployment of family breadwinners, for example, saving money on food bills will be critical. These hobbies also give prepper children a more realistic appreciation of food. They experience the actual growing and/or harvesting of food instead of just seeing it in the supermarket.

Gardening has additional advantages. It is, for example, good exercise for senior family members. Also, prepper family members can trade excess the harvest from their garden with other families who also have gardens. This can lead to friendship bonds with other families that can valuable during a disaster.

Once family members have embraced the prepper-related hobbies, they can be helped to appreciate the importance of these hobbies for disaster preparation. To add this importance to their prepper-related hobbies, preppers can subtly, in September, make their family members aware of National Preparedness Month. It is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security.

Help to prepare your family for man-made or natural disasters by means of these prepper-related hobbies. Be open, also, to other hobbies that might have good potential to prepare your family.








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