If you spend any amount of time learning about survival and prepping you will inevitably come across very interesting characters in the community. Prepping and survival causes all kinds of people and personalites to come out of the woodworks. By default, preppers can be very reserved in the real world – often times concealing their moves and motives and of course, concealing their preps. On the internet however, it’s a different story. Each type of prepper becomes very vocal about their preps and they love to share and exchange ideas.
In this post I examine the different types of preppers you come across in the wild (aka internet.)
1.) The tin foil hat prepper
Perhaps the most comical prepper to observe. This type of prepper loves to talk about conspiracies and can be seen engaging in heated debates about UFO’s, who shot JFK, and chem trails. This prepper preps because he is convinced that the world is one giant conspiracy that can only end in destruction, and dammit, he’s gonna be ready. At the core, the tin foil hat prepper believes he has inside knowledge of the “doings” of big brother and that this knowledge will see him through to ultimate survival. Is the tin foil hat prepper justified in his beliefs? I am not here to judge!
2.) The widget collector
This type of prepper doesn’t really care how the world is going to end. All he cares about is collecting enough widgets so he is prepared when it happens. He has a widget for this. He has a widget for that. The widget collector isn’t so much concerned with survival, but rather how much gear he can accumulate. The widget collector is essentially a hoarder. His house is strewn with strange pieces of survival gear and there is a widget for everything. You can rest assured this prepper will buy up the latest survival trinket at a moments notice. Interestingly enough, the widget collector doesn’t seem to own anything that would be of actual use in a survival situation. Oh the irony!
3.) The Holier than thou prepper
This prepper is “above” the rest. He thinks everyone but himself is a complete lunatic. His words ooze of superiority and he is quick to denounce your ideas. This prepper has it all figured out, at least so he thinks. He will never ask questions even though he knows he should. This would destroy peoples impression of him. He thinks he is an authority in survival but deep down he lacks the humbleness to ask questions and learn about prepping on a deep level.
4.) The doomsday prepper
This type of prepper is either truly insane or truly genius. Their entire life is dedicated to the prep. On any given day you can see this prepper scanning the internet for the latest bomb shelter blueprints and then later, he’s on his tractor putting the plan into the action. The doomsday prepper is a hardcore prepper through and through. Forget about having a normal conversation with this guy – he’s far too absorbed into surviving the coming fallout to discuss anything else!
5.) The rational prepper
This prepper has a good head on his shoulders. He doesn’t believe in conspiracies and he doesn’t necessarily believe the world is going to end. But he’s going to prep just in case. He’s an all american boy – god fearing and raised on meat and potatoes. His dad instilled a strong sense of self reliance and work ethic in him at a young age. This man will procure the proper provisions but won’t spend his life worrying about TEOTWAWKI. In fact, he spends so little time researching prepping to even know what these crazy acronyms stand for! For him, there is life to live and pie to eat. Live and let live and let the dice fall where they may.
6.) The undercover prepper
This is usually a woman who has no idea her canning and food dehydration hobby is preparing her family for the end times. She hums along canning this, canning that, completely oblivious that one day all this food is going to come in mighty handy. In fact, she hasn’t the slightest clue what prepping is. If you told her about prepping she might brush you off as a crazy and continue picking berries of all types. She will say things like “prepping? Is that like letting the stove warm up before I cook my apple fritters?” She will then proceed to her self cultivated vegetable garden to pick the days lot.
7.) The militia man
This mans answer to prepping is guns, guns, and more guns. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the ammo! He has guns of all types and generally spends most of his time collecting guns and shooting them. This man is a maniac when it comes to weapons. He uses prepping as a way to disguise his fetish for weapons and ammo. However, he is a good man to get on terms with. If shit does hit the fan he can provide you with the proper weaponry. Don’t expect him to have stockpiled any food however!
8.) The sideline prepper
The last prepper isn’t really a prepper at all. They watch from the sidelines. They read all the important information but never take action to get their preps in order. They are the proverbial mental masturbator – looking at what everyone else is doing but never doing anything for themselves. They are more interested in the fantasy of the prep rather than the prep itself. This type of person never follows through with anything and lives in a world of ideas rather than actions.
So, which one are you?
Where do you fall into place? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below!