Prepping can be a challenge for teens as they are limited in terms of finances and the ability to take advantage of adults-only tools and resources such as firearms.  However, these obstacles shouldn’t keep young people from embracing prepping and building a good foundation that can serve them for the rest of their lives.  Here are a few tips that can be useful for teens who are interested in becoming more self-sufficient.

Build Skills

It’s very easy to get overwhelmed by all of the gear, tools and accessories that are available to preppers.  While most products can be useful to have on hand for one reason or another, you don’t need them.  Consequently, you really don’t need to shell out a lot of cash in order to be properly-equipped to contend with a SHTF situation.

What’s more important is that you build up skills and habits that will help you to become more self-sufficient and resourceful.  Do you know how to build various types of fires?  Where will you source water?  How can you navigate without a GPS?  Can you set traps, hunt or fish without gear or weapons?  What about first aid?

These are just a few examples of skills that will become fundamentally-important during survival situations.  While gear can help, your skill-set is what will put you in a better position to adapt and meet challenges that you will encounter.  Best of all, developing skills doesn’t require you to be 18 or older, and you don’t need a lot of money to get started.

Get Active

SHTF survival will be physically and mentally challenging, and you will be at an advantage if you are in shape and in good health.  Get in the habit of taking care of yourself now, because if you don’t, chances are that you’ll regret it later.  Eat well, stay active and develop good habits instead of forming bad ones.  Millions of people suffer from diseases, illnesses and disabilities that are the product of their lifestyle choices, and unfortunately, many of them will die in a SHTF situation as a result.  You don’t have to be one of them.

Get Training

Training and skill-building go hand-in-hand, but they’re not necessarily the one in the same.  Join an outdoor club or group, become a scout, take up a self-defense program.  Not only will you learn important skills, but you will be able to put them to use in real-world situations while interacting different people along the way.  Working with or defending yourself from others are important skills to learn, and the only way to really get this experience is through hands-on training.

Don’t Live in Fear

It’s really easy to follow world events and become fearful of what may happen at any given point in time.  While it’s important to be mindful of threats or different scenarios that can thrust us into a SHTF situation, it’s also important that you use those possibilities as a motivator as opposed to a barrier.  The best way to overcome fear is to work through it.  I know this sounds trivial, but it works.  Accept that the world is a dangerous place, and start thinking of ways that you can adapt in order to rise to the challenge and thrive in the aftermath.  Having this mindset and attitude will carry you a long way if and when you have to walk through a real SHTF situation in the future.

Finally, remember that prepping is a lifestyle as opposed to an activity.  Take the long view and start laying a good foundation that will serve you throughout your life.  You don’t have to dive in and do everything right away.  Pace yourself, be consistent in your efforts, and build up your level of readiness over the course of time.  Doing so will go a long way with helping you to be ready for anything, and this is what prepping is really all about.