At their core, preppers are just folks like you who don’t want to be caught off guard. No matter how great or peaceful things may seem, one thing is always true: a disaster will come again, one day.
Rather than wait around and assume the best, preppers take matters into their own hands and make sure they can defend themselves, their loved ones, and otherwise survive a catastrophe.
Becoming a prepper isn’t about being paranoid. Here are some of the reasons to do a little “prepping” yourself.
While it does cost to initially purchase the supplies to stock up for an emergency, if you store everything well, you’ll actually save money in the long run. Furthermore, you’ll save money during the inevitable emergency that you’re now well prepared for.
Consider having to run out and buy gas at super inflated prices during a panic. If you bought gas ahead of time and have enough stock up for the foreseeable future, you won’t be taken advantage of and will save money.
One great thing about being a general prepper is that you’re ready for more than one specific disaster. Prepping involves:
- storing food
- store and other supplies
- finding ways to retrieve and store freshwater
- building tools that don’t require electricity
- finding places to retreat to safety
All of these techniques are applicable to a multitude of catastrophic events, including floods, famine, riots, nuclear exchanges, and more.
One oft-underappreciated benefit of being a prepper is that you end up relaxing a lot more about the little surprises life throws your way. Power goes out? No problem. COVID-19 got you down? Good thing you already stocked up and spending some time in relative isolation with your loved ones is no big deal since you don’t have to make a last-minute trip to the store.
Few preppers make it alone. In fact, the majority of preppers are part of relatively tightknit communities or otherwise make use of their social relationships to acquire the supplies or skills they might need to survive.
There's a reason why the stereotype of the rural prepper is mostly true: rural people tend to connect more with their neighbors and local communities. In contrast, city folk (who are less likely to be preppers) don't have nearly the same social enrichment.
Lastly, preppers have a big advantage over many others: they don’t rely on the government for protection. This automatically boosts your odds of surviving practically any catastrophic event. Furthermore, it fills you (at least, it does for us) with a sense of pride – you are in charge of your safety, not some nebulous bureaucrat in Washington.
Any of these reasons are enough to become a prepper, at least to some extent.
All of them put together? No contest.
It’s always a good idea to start taking steps to prepare yourself for eventual trouble. With the right preparation, trouble isn’t the end – it’s a challenge you can overcome.
Thank you for reading, stay prepared.