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Thanks for your responses, and I agree about the basics which I think are my upper limit of prepping. This isn’t just because of my financial resources or living space, but I think there’s not enough discussion about the opportunity costs of prepping. I’m thinking here of people who aren’t independently wealthy. If you do the extreme of prepping–setting up a homestead with a bunker, etc.–you’d better be in love with that lifestyle and feel it’s the best possible life for your kids, because you give up a lot by doing that. Cities offer all kinds of amenities and security, even in a crisis, and just because something could happen at any moment doesn’t mean it’s reasonable to live your life like that. I think of scenarios where I’d be content to be fairly un-prepped. For example, I’m on the trip of a lifetime with someone(s) I care about, and it’s going well. A crisis happens and I’m trapped. I realize there are some psychological preps etc that give a relative advantage in those situations, but there’s no multitool or water jug that’s going to save me. In essence, I’d be ok to resign myself to the crisis. These are sort of like “do not resuscitate” situations, and I’m using the same mentality people deploy when faced with critical illness. So even though I could if I really put myself to it, I’m not buying a homestead or leaving the city., and I’m fine with my c. two weeks of food. I think that’s reasonable.

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Thanks for your responses, and I agree about the basics which I think are my upper limit of prepping. This isn’t just because of my financial resources or living space, but I think there’s not enough discussion about the opportunity costs of prepping. I’m thinking here of people who aren’t independently wealthy. If you do the extreme of prepping–setting up a homestead with a bunker, etc.–you’d better be in love with that lifestyle and feel it’s the best possible life for your kids, because you give up a lot by doing that. Cities offer all kinds of amenities and security, even in a crisis, and just because something could happen at any moment doesn’t mean it’s reasonable to live your life like that. I think of scenarios where I’d be content to be fairly un-prepped. For example, I’m on the trip of a lifetime with someone(s) I care about, and it’s going well. A crisis happens and I’m trapped. I realize there are some psychological preps etc that give a relative advantage in those situations, but there’s no multitool or water jug that’s going to save me. In essence, I’d be ok to resign myself to the crisis. These are sort of like “do not resuscitate” situations, and I’m using the same mentality people deploy when faced with critical illness. So even though I could if I really put myself to it, I’m not buying a homestead or leaving the city., and I’m fine with my c. two weeks of food. I think that’s reasonable.