Every day, we all just live to get through the day. Some of us think about tomorrow. Some of us think about “what if?” Some of us are so worried about tomorrow that we forget to live today. No matter what, we should all live for today while thinking about how to make tomorrow easier.
Those that prep think about tomorrow, but sometimes life is so chaotic that we forget to stay ahead of the game. We want to prep harder and do more, but we find we don’t have the time. However, you are prepping. Every day. We don’t always think about being ready for tomorrow as preparing, but it is. We get prepared for tomorrow to make that day more manageable.
Here are 20 Common Sense Things You Can Do TODAY To Prepare For Tomorrow:
1. Fill the car with gas. Every two days, make a habit of looking at your gas gauge and filling it when it is half empty. Grab your gas cans and fill them too.
2. Fill some extra containers with water. Have some pitchers of water in the fridge or a bucket with a lid full of water in the basement.
3. Do the dishes every night.
4. Do the laundry.
5. Set your keys, phone, shoes, purse/wallet, and coat by the door you use the most.
6. Take a shower at night.
7. Keep a running grocery list so you can get everything you need on your next trip to the store. This includes your food pantry.
8. Get some cash. Having cash on hand is never wrong, especially if ATMs and credit card machines are not working.
9. Sell off things you don’t need. First of all, it is a great money maker, aka more cash on hand. Secondly, it is less stuff you have to protect or move if that becomes necessary.
10. Pick up some extra food and pet food to have in storage.
11. Pick up a couple of cases of water to have in storage too.
12. Make sure your vehicle is loaded and ready for emergencies. Check your fluids in your vehicle. Get some food and water stashed in a protected spot in the car.
13. Write a to-do and to-remember list with the day’s activities written down.
14. Write out your meal plan for the week and post it on the fridge. If you can’t make dinner, someone can or at least get it started.
15. Fill out or update your In Case of Emergency (ICE) numbers on your phone. List them in order of importance.
16. Fill out or update your Family Preparedness Planner and your Family Personal Information sheets. Make copies of the personal information sheets and keep them close by.
17. Have everything ready for the next day the night before. Have clothes laid out, bags packed, lunches ready, and #5 done the night before. If you have an emergency, everything will be prepared for you to get out the door faster.
18. Plug your electronics in every night. No matter what, your electronics will be fully charged in the morning. A fully charged phone and laptop could be a lifesaver.
19. Take a walk or work out. The better shape you can get into today will only benefit you for tomorrow. Being in shape and working on your endurance will help make that walk home when your car is unusable.
20. Do not put off for tomorrow what you can do today. I mean that for everything and anything. If you have a project you can tackle today, do that instead of vegging in front of the television. If you need to tidy up your house, get it done. If you need to respond to texts and emails, do it now.
If you aren’t doing these things almost every day, you will wish you had. Think about this:
- You wake up in the morning and the power is out.
- A boil water order is announced because of contamination that has happened.
- You haven’t been watching the gas gauge and you are on empty.
- A blizzard is happening tomorrow, but you haven’t done anything about it.
- An ice storm has hit unexpectedly and you are stranded away from home.
- Your checking account has been compromised and you can’t use your debit card for a week.
- You end up in the hospital and your family is left to cope while you are gone.
- The power goes out while you are at work.