Learning to Prep When You're Far From Home

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This past summer, my husband and I gave away all of our stuff and moved overseas.

No, I'm not being dramatic.

Yes, we really did it.

The experience of moving abroad was not as traumatizing or as scary as you might think, but, as you may suspect, there are many differences between prepping in America and prepping overseas.

In our new city, we've experienced several earthquakes and three typhoons since moving here. While the earthquakes have barely affected us, the typhoons definitely require prepping on our end.

So imagine my surprise when I discovered that you can't buy canned food at grocery stores here.

Who would have thought?

There are dried noodles and dried fruit, but canned corn?

Nope.

(I take that back - during a festival, I was able to find canned corn for sale for $2USD. And yes, I bought one can despite the insane price tag.)

If you live overseas or even just travel frequently, you should try to be aware of what the weather is like. When you face a storm in Asia or anywhere else, really, things are going to be a bit different than when you're prepping in America.

First off, don't rely on canned foods. Seriously. This tends to be our default when we go into prepper-mode in America, but why is that? Does anyone really enjoy eating cold corn from a can when the power is out? I don't. When you're living or traveling abroad, you might not even have access to a kitchen, so don't count on having stuff like corn or beans.

Next, always have more water than you think you'll need. Seriously. This goes for prepping in America, too, of course, but if you're staying in a large city, trying to get water can be even more difficult. Understand that with a major typhoon, there can be water contamination problems. If this happens, you're going to be using bottled water for awhile. Make sure you have some on hand.

You should also try to remember that you might have to suck it up and eat food you don't like. In the U.S., peanut butter sandwiches were one of my favorite things to eat during storms. Here, not all stores carry peanut butter. So, could I eat plain bread during a typhoon? Sure. Do I want to? Not particularly.

Finally, don't be afraid to ask your neighbors for help. Whether you're staying at a hotel, a hostel, or an apartment, locals tend to be very understanding when it comes to preparing for a storm. During our first typhoon, many different people warned us about the storm and offered to help us prepare our apartment. During the actual storm, someone even brought us food. At least in Asia, everyone tries to help each other out, so you don't have to be embarrassed if you need assistance figuring out how to prepare.

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