The prepping community has grown significantly since Rona took us by surprise in 2020.
This sneaky and deadly virus brought daily life to a grinding halt worldwide. The only good that came out of it? It urged folks to start prepping.
If you’re one of these preppers, welcome to the club! The prepping community is a colorful one, and you’ll never know if your next-door neighbor is one in disguise.
Wanna get to know these other preppers more? Here are the 7 you’ll meet on your journey:
The Typical Prepper
The typical prepper has enough survival supplies and gear to survive at least 2 months post-SHTF. Average preppers usually have a prepper pantry built, a bug out bag ready, and a well-laid-out bug out plan in case worse comes to worst.
Although these preppers have a lot to learn when it comes to some essential expertise like bushcraft skills, they still have a solid baseline of prepping and a knowledge of basic survival skills when faced with disasters or emergencies like:
- Getting into the right survival mindset
- Building a shelter
- Starting a fire
- Finding and purifying water
- Knowing how to use navigation tools
The Doomsday Prepper
This prepper is the complete opposite of the typical prepper. These doomsdayers are prepared to the teeth for what they strongly believe will happen one day: a global collapse.
Known to be dedicated to their cause, they’re literally prepared for anything, even though they’re often seen as paranoid. They have a heavily fortified home, a bunker to escape to in case of a nuclear attack, and a secure bug out location when they have to leave home.
They make prepping their whole life with their huge stockpiles of emergency food and survival tools that can supply a tiny nation.
Unlike the average prepper, the survivalist is a master of everything bushcraft. This type of prepper will live off the land if that’s what it takes to survive.
They only have to rely on their foraging skills to avoid starving to death when S hits the fan.
What’s so great about this skill? It helps them identify wild edibles from poisonous plants—something no average joe can master without experience.
Plus, they won’t ever have to worry about having no survival shelter or bug out location to retreat to. They can easily build themselves a bushcraft super shelter that’s sturdier than the usual emergency shelter: a tarp draped over a line of paracord.
In short, prepping for them comes a little easier because they already have the right set of skills to survive any disaster.
No one will ever be more prepared for bugging in than homesteaders. They basically have everything they need in their precious piece of land when disaster strikes, making prepping not much of a problem.
They lead a self-sufficient lifestyle, so they’re no strangers to growing their food and raising livestock. Heck, they can even make anything from soap to clothing. Pretty impressive, huh?
And since they already partially live off the grid, looting, riots, and an economic collapse won’t be on their radar.
This lifestyle choice is the ultimate fail-safe from problems arising in an SHTF situation, which means these homesteaders can survive on their own in the long run.
The Minimalist Prepper
A heated debate always comes out of comparing preppers to hoarders. But we’ll not get into that. Instead, let’s talk about the opposite of a hoarder: the minimalist prepper.
This prepper makes it a goal to keep their stockpile to a minimum and focus on practicing their skills and building their knowledge on prepping. While preppers should always store food, water, and gear that will last them for at least 2 months, there’s no harm in choosing to downsize if it means gaining new survival skills.
Minimalist preppers can carry their trusted everyday carry items in their pockets or include their EDC gear in a mini survival kit for a lighter load.
The Self-Defense Prepper
These preppers are the kind who lead active lifestyles and are always ready to fight when things get messy in an SHTF scenario. They’re pretty good when it comes to hand-to-hand combat since they take self-defense classes often or are trained in the military.
Prepping for them means getting in good shape in case they have to defend themselves or their family from looting, riots, dangerous gangs, and intruders. You’ll know they’re self-defense preppers if you see them carrying a few non-lethal weapons on their person.
Veteran preppers are obviously from the army, so they see everything from a tactical perspective. This is a good thing since they’re capable of prepping for disasters and other threats with a solid plan in place.
Since they’re trained to survive in harsh environments, they have many skills that will give them a higher chance of survival. A few of these skills may include hiding in plain sight, having a strong survival mindset, and knowing what’s happening around them.
Not all preppers are the same. Each one has specific goals in mind depending on their survival needs. But what makes prepping fun, despite it being serious business, is meeting different personalities on your journey.
As preppers, we may have varying objectives for survivalism and preparedness; however, we work towards one common target: to prepare for disasters and emergencies and eventually come out of them alive.
So…which type of prepper are you? Let us know by leaving a comment!