Preppers are crazy. They are a bunch of tin foil hat wearing basement dwellers who live like hermits. This is what most people think about preppers.
It’s funny just a few years ago it was normal for Americans to have bomb shelters, grow their own food and even carry guns for protection. Now our society has become so reliant on technology and government that they believe self-reliance is just foolish. Many people I know live like nothing wrong will ever happen. They are blind to natural and man-made disasters, wars, economic crisis, etc.
At the same time, there are many people who call themselves preppers who don’t fully understand the idea or movement. They typically load up on ammunition and build bug out bags so they can proclaim themselves to be preppers. However, there is much more to prepping than that.
In this post, I want to debunk some of the most common misconceptions about prepping that mislead many.
6 Common Misconceptions about prepping that mislead many
- You need to have experience in military, law enforcement or medical professional
There are many preppers that believe in order to be a true prepper you need to have served some sort of stint with the military, law enforcement or medical professional. For some reason, there is this belief that in order to be the ultimate prepper you need to have these types of experiences. Those without those experiences are just less of a prepper and will never survive long.
However, preparedness is all about returning to the roots of being self-sufficient and prepared for any type of event that could have some sort of effect. Yes, the military may teach you a lot of survival and tactical skills that are relevant to preparedness. That doesn’t mean that you should join the army in order to become a better prepper or to be qualified as one.
Survival and tactical skills are just two aspects of preparedness. There are other skills that are important and helpful when living a preparedness lifestyle. Other skills could include agricultural, carpentry, hunting, etc.
There is the belief that only those with tactical skills will survive in a collapse or SHTF scenario. However, many people in the military have lost their lives fighting in those types of situations. Therefore, the ultimate prepper needs to be well balanced.
Tactical skills are helpful to have. Instead of joining the military, you can actually get some training locally. Most of the time, it is training from former military or law enforcement.
- Prepping is all about being tacticool
It’s funny sometimes watching new people get involved in preparedness. They almost immediately by paracord bracelets, tactical pants, and backpacks. It’s their first instinct because they have probably seen it on mainstream shows like Doomsday Preppers and hundreds of prepper forums.
In many prepper forums, I see people post tons of pictures about their bug out bags and guns in hopes to increase their credibility. However, I admire those who live a self-reliant lifestyle in the country more than someone who has tons of backpacks but still reliant upon the grid.
Instead, the prepper should be focused on being the gray man. Our aim shouldn’t be to draw attention to ourselves. The last thing you want is your neighbors to know that you are prepper with tons of emergency ready for when SHTF. I don’t care how nice and pleasant they are. When SHTF those some nice people become savage assholes.
- The most important prep is a bug out bag
Like I said, most prepper newbies immediately begin building their bug out bag because it is the “cool” thing to do. They fantasize about the day that they would have to bug out because they want to show others how bad ass they are.
Realistically, bugging out should never be Plan A. There is a lower chance of you surviving if you are forced to bug out instead of bugging in and hunkering down. Therefore, your preparedness plan should be built around bugging in and hunkering down. So it is important to determine if and when you should bug out. Bugging out should be the absolute last option.
Now, unfortunately, a lot of us preppers are not in a position to bug in and hunker down when SHTF. Some of us would be forced to bug out. However, while we are still able we should be focused on getting in a position to where we would never have to bug out.
- Having a lot of prepper gear and supplies will guarantee survival
Many are following the belief that their gear and supplies are going to determine their survivability. They feel that the more guns and beans they have the longer they will survive. Then when they are forced to used their gun they are sadly mistaken because they have no clue how to properly to defend themselves.
What is the point of having an artillery of guns and ammunition if you don’t know how to properly use it? Many preppers break their banks hoarding these items but never spend a day practicing or getting training. I guess that having guns and ammunition automatically qualifies you as a bad ass.
What would happen if you lost your gear and supplies? Would you be able to survive? Most preppers will not because they have never developed any skills. Knowledge and skills are the most valuable and lightweight prep to have. Our skills will increase our survivability. The gear and supplies just make it more convenient.
- Purchasing decisions should be based out of fear
There are many websites and wacko radio hosts who scream and rant about the globalists taken over the world intentionally stirring up fear in hopes that many will purchase their products. I remember watching one such wacko radio host urging people to buy the products on his show proclaiming that the collapse is coming in a few days. A few days went by and nothing happened. Of course, he came up with some lame ass excuse as to why those events didn’t happen. His unnamed inside source explained to him what was happening….. Never trust someone that always has unnamed inside sources.
That is what I call fear mongering. It is what the mainstream news does in order to get the American people to follow their government blindly. Sadly, wolves like these have crept into the preparedness movement.
Purchasing decisions shouldn’t be based out of fear. In fact, this has caused many to go broke and struggle to survive because they made decisions out of fear. Your purchasing decisions should be based on your preparedness plan which is built upon a threat assessment and in line with your budget.
You don’t want to be purchasing gear and supplies without a plan. This will cause you to be partially prepared in many areas. In my book, The Strategic Prepper, I will be explaining how to prepare the smart way on a budget. It also gets into how to conduct a threat assessment so that you can prioritize your purchasing decisions.
- Preppers are conspiracy theorists
Yes, admittedly there are a few tin foil hat wearers in the preparedness movement. However, that doesn’t mean that they are wrong. Many of their concerns are valid….except for those who believe in aliens taking over the Earth or zombies crawling out of graves.
However, most of the concerns that preppers have are realistic. For example, many of us prepare for man-made and natural disasters. We see natural disasters occur almost on a monthly basis. Even the threat of a possible nuclear fallout is very real. Many people just brush it off as something that will never happen so they can continue to live their soft cushiony life.
Altogether these would be my observations on the most common misconceptions that preppers make. In my book, The Strategic Prepper, I talk about how preppers can set a more realistic preparedness plan. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any suggestions or feedback. Your feedback helps the prepper community prepare the smart way now so that we can thrive later.
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