When people imagine a “prepper” they may think of the strange individuals who wear tinfoil hats and huddle in an underground bunker while waiting for the mothership, or a zombie apocalypse. The fact is, in reality, this isn’t what a prepper is, or what prepping is all about.
Put simply, prepping, which is a term that has grown in popularity thanks to television and mainstream media, is simply preparing for the future. Because there is no certainty about what the future holds, preppers usually hope for the best, while preparing for the worst.
The Three Components of the Prepping Process
There are three main parts of prepping, for most people. While others may do additional steps or follow other processes, these seem to be the most common types of prepping done:
- Gathering or acquiring the desired or necessary supplies
- Learning certain requisite skills
- Working to build a community
Gathering Needed Supplies
Water, food and shelter. These are things that are absolutely essential to survive. Also, you need to have a continual supply of all these items. As a prepper, you will understand this and take steps to prepare just in case the supply of any of these is disrupted for any reason.
Preppers want to make sure that issues such as the loss of a job, a nationwide truckers’ strike, or a natural disaster won’t keep them from feeding their families. As a result, they prepare. They purchase extra food when it is on sale, grow a garden and then preserve what grows. They may also purchase emergency food rations that can be stored away for twenty or more years.
Additionally, preppers don’t like the idea of debt. This is why they pay off their mortgages, live within their means and work very hard at their jobs. They don’t mind physical labor if it means they can provide for their family.
Learning the Necessary Requisite Skills
Prepping usually begins with storing food and other items, but it definitely does not end there. Preppers also take the time to learn and practice new skills. They learn how to cook over an open fire, learn emergency first aid, how to hunt with many different weapons and build different types of shelters. From fire starting to canning and sewing, even knot tying, preppers learn potentially life saving skills before they are needed. This is all part of being prepared.
Creating a Community
Preppers also recognize that there is value by getting to know other people who think like them. They can learn from one anther and help each other. Prepping isn’t a zero-sum game and helping others is all part of it.
Learning to prep is now something you can do in your spare time. While many people dedicate their entire lives to this, you can do it part-time to ensure your family is also prepared for whatever the future may hold. This is beneficial to everyone, including you, your family and even your neighbors if a time of need arises.