During the Preparation step you may take as many General and Travel Actions as you wish. Available Actions are described on the Actions Sheet, your Character Sheet, Skill Cards, and any other cards currently in play. For each action you take, you must spend the listed resources. If you don’t have the resources, you cannot take the action.
General Actions are important. In particular, Scouting yields crucial information about the upcoming fight, and Crafting a weapon is the only reliable way to be able to inflict heavy damage to stronger monsters. Make sure you are prepared!
When you are finished taking actions, move on to the next step (unless taking an action causes your Time Tracker to reach 0, in which case you proceed immediately to the Ambush Step of the Combat Phase).