Survival Prepper: Which Are You?
5 definitive differences between preppers and survivalists, which are you?
When it comes to talking about a natural disaster, living off the grid, or a military takeover, there are typically two sets of people mentioned.
These are preppers and survivalist.
And although these two words are thrown out there interchangeably a great deal there are some differences between them.
Here are 5 definitive differences between preppers and survivalists which will help you to determine which group you are in.
It is all in the name
The main difference between preppers and survivalist is that preppers store up and prepare for the worst case scenario while survivalists prepare for the long term survival skills needed so sustain them in a situation of catastrophic weight.
This is not to say that both are not oriented in staying alive in such a situation, but that they have fundamentally different methods of which to go about doing so.
A prepper may store up food and have a garden that produces seeds.
Dehydrated food and a water supply may also be stored up.
Much like the wise ant in the fable about the ant and the grasshopper, the prepper sees that there is coming a time when the food and supplies will not be available and that those which have saved and stored their needed essentials will be the ones with the greatest chances of survival.
A survivalist understands the need for essential items as well and has a survival pack with such items as dehydrated food, water packs, water filters, a tarp for shelter, and a fire craft.
However, their primary focus is not on having the food and water (and other elements) readily available to them, but to be able to live off the grid only on the land if needed (such as by eating grubs, performing bush-crafts, and finding natural fresh water.
The Prepper Problem
Before you get mad (if you are a prepper) please read and consider the analysis here.
A prepper typically does not prepare for all disasters which may occur but focuses on the probability that a certain set of events will occur.
For example: I am quite sure that a number of you have seen shows that hone in on preppers which are planning for a military takeover.
Granted, the evidence is there, especially with EO that allows the government to take actions to “seize all communication, confiscate all food resources, take control of transportation, and compel you at gunpoint”.
Yet, what happens if there is another catastrophic event before their situation for which they are prepping for.
If a prepper has stored food in their basement or in an old cellar and has the guns to defend the cellar and all the preparations have been made to bug out in this underground location, and there is a massive flood caused by a hurricane or a dam rupturing and the food and bunker are under 12 feet of water, where does that leave them?
All the preparations are for nothing.
Solo Survivalist and Party Preppers
One of the most definitive differences between the survivalist and the prepper is that Survivalist tend to hone their skills on their own.
They view the “end of the world” scenario as one where they will have to fend for themselves and understand that they and they alone are responsible for their survival.
This means that a great many survivalist will have the knowledge of how to hunt and gather, build shelters, start a fire with a fire craft, perform first aid upon them, and find water without any help.
And although a prepper may have the intentions of being on their own when a disaster occurs, generally the prepping is done in groups or organizations.
Of course, the problem with this is that everyone in your group knows what you have, where you are going, the preparations that you have taken, and basically every other aspect of your disaster preparedness. Many of them are aware of your prepper checklist and what you have and don’t have.
Why is that bad?
Let us say that you are preparing for a total financial crisis.
You have read that the government has the right to seize all food, that they have bought up over a billion rounds of ammunition, and have predicted with accuracy that when the financial system fails that millions will be without jobs, that food stamps and government programs will be non-existent, and that starvation and rioting will occur once all the grocery stores have been looted.
Do you really believe that those which you prepped with for this disaster will not come looking for your stash when they get desperate?
More than likely, you will be the first place they look as they know you have the food and supplies.
On the flip side of the coin, a survivalist may find that when a disaster occurs that they will be hard pressed to find food and other natural resources as everyone else will be looking for such things.
Granted, the chances are more in their favor for surviving as they have planned for an “any situation” scenario. However, to get to the place where they can survive, a survivalist may have to navigate a great deal (abandoning their planned site) to find resources.
So which is better?
I really do not believe that either Preppers or Survivalists are better, but I do believe that each group has its own pros and cons.
The major pro of the prepper is that they are planning for a shortage and therefore will have the resources.
The con to this is of course that the supplies can be ruined or seized if not stored in a secure location.
The survivalists major pro is that he or she can live off the land and sustain their lives for long periods of time with little to no need for exterior help.
The major con is that the survivalist will have to live off of the small amount of contents in their survival gear until they get to a place in which they can begin utilizing the skills they have learned.
I believe that both parties have a strong determination to live and to live without governmental control or at the mercy of others.
In the end it is not the group that you belong to but the strategies that are implemented which will determine your chances of making it when and if a disaster occurs.