I prepped as a hobby for a few years now, but I've been getting more into it again in recent times for obvious reasons. Most of the things I prep for are fairly common problems rather than some more unlikely event like civil war or zombies. I have savings in case of an emergency; I try to stay active and healthy to minimise health problems (doing stuff like hiking and camping is doubly beneficial for survival); I have rainwater barrels in case of drought and to save on water bills; I have a vegetable garden to learn skills and save some money on food bills; I never let my car's fuel go below the half-way mark; I have cash, books, games and a camping stove in case the electricity goes out, etc. I always travel with a small backpack, even if it is just to the shops. Along with my usual work stuff or shopping in the main pocket, it also has in the front pocket a foldable raincoat, cash, book, power bank, tissues, a tiny first aid kit, a tiny LED torch, a pair of socks, a few bars of chocolate and a bottle of water. This is all stuff I've had to use at one time or another, from train delays to forgetting to charge my mobile, to stepping in a puddle. I also have a month worth of food in my house at all times, just various long-life stuff I normally eat (porridge, pasta, soup, chocolate, etc) kept on a stock rotation rather than a supply of survival biscuits wasting space and are just going to be thrown out after a few years. This combined with a small supply of medicines and toiletries meant I weathered the recent shortages and shutdowns with almost no impact. And indeed, all the stuff I mentioned above is also a reaction to problems that have happened in the recent past, such as fuel shortages and credit card payment systems going down, so I am better prepared for the events next time.
I do slightly regret not doing/getting some things earlier. For example I considered getting a supply of stuff like masks and gloves, but thought it was going too far into larper territory. Now those things are 4 times the price they used to be. If money was not a problem I would probably have more fun larping, probably even going as far as installing solar panels and buying a caravan home for bugout purposes. But unfortunately being poor forces me to be sensible in my preps. Oh well.
My main worry is defence, especially as I grow older. I live alone in the country, am alone, and in my declining country (UK) you are limited on what you can do to defend yourselfPost too long. Click here to view the full text.