About Primal Survivor

Our mission is simple – we want to be the most comprehensive and supportive Survival and Prepping website around.

We are proud of the 100% original content that we produce. All our posts aim to share practical and actionable tips that will provide you with the skills and knowledge to get you through any disaster situation.

We don’t believe in sensationalism or predictions of the worlds imminent demise, we prefer to offer our readers practical and sensible advice to allow them to become more self sufficient and independent in their daily lives.

We want to support preppers of all levels offering guidance to newbies who may be feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, to more seasoned preppers who are looking for detailed information to take their own preps to the next level.


Meet the Team

Paul Simpson, Chief Editor

Paul works with our team of writers to bring you thoroughly researched articles covering all topics of Survival, Prepping and Self Sufficiency.


Nicola Simpson, Social & Community Manager

Nicola’s role is to spread the word of Primal Survivor to as many people as possible. She runs our lively Facebook Group and regularly updates our Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram accounts.


Jacob Hunter, Founder of Primal Survivor

Jacob set up his blog back in 2015 to share his own experiences with like-minded individuals, to help them practice their own survival skills and think about how to prepare for a disaster situation.

Jacob retired from the day to day running of this website in 2018 and now spends most of his time off grid or in the Montana wilderness.


Our Writers

Diane Vukovic

Diane Vukovic
Contributing Writer

I’m a 30-something year old woman with two daughters. Because my husband has a physical disability, that leaves me to do a lot of the “adventurous” things with our girls. We go trekking, wild camping, and backpacking. We’ve traveled to some very remote parts of the world like the jungles of Peru, peaks of Albania, and even to the desert while I was pregnant!

Most people think that I am crazy to go wild camping in the remote mountains with my daughter (her first major trip was when she was 3; we’ll see about the baby). They especially think it is crazy that we go alone without a man to “protect” us. But these experiences are the basis of our best memories together – like picking blueberries for our camp breakfast, sleeping in a cave, and that time we saw a viper just 1 meter from our tent.

I love that my daughter feels secure in nature and knows how to handle herself safely. And I feel that all of my best accomplishments and memories occurred while traveling or wild camping – like the time I saved our hiking group’s campout by making a fire in the rain. Or when my daughter reached the summit of her first mountain. Or that time I had to fight off an attacker by biting and kicking.

It isn’t always fun, and there is definitely some complaining along the way (as you’d expect from kids anywhere). But I’m glad to have had these experiences and they are definitely worth it.

I don’t expect everyone to do the “crazy” things that we do (if you do, then more power to you!). However, I hope that by sharing my experiences I can inspire people to push the limits of what they find comfortable, connect with nature, and live a more self-sufficient and independent life.

Diane has written extensively about the outdoors, survival and first aid. She also writes on her own blog momgoescamping.com

Matt Suwak

Matt Suwak

Matt Suwak
Contributing Writer

Matt spent his youngest years in forest and field, so it’s no wonder he spends most of his adult life in the same locales.

An upbringing in rural Pennsylvania permanently affixed him to the outdoors. His adolescent hobbies included bushcraft, extensive hiking trips, wild foraging, and wearing his way through tools to find out what worked and what didn’t. These activities carried over into his adult life and have compounded into a wide breadth of extensive knowledge on the outdoors.

Every outdoor activity he devotes himself to is reinforced with an unabashed love and affection for the natural world. This is expressed most clearly in his expertise in the realms of gardening and foraging. He has worked professionally in the horticultural industry for ten years and devotes much of his free time to the same gardening activities.

Matt has a good background in self-defense. He fought competitively in various full-contact sports but always favored the real-world carryover of these techniques and the mental fortitude behind them. His experience ranges from unarmed self-defense to a fluency with various self-defense weapons.

Matt lives outside of Philadelphia and works as a gardener, naturalist, and writer. He is fueled almost entirely by beer and hot sauce.

Alison Ingleby

Alison Ingleby head shot

Alison Ingleby
Contributing Writer

Alison spends her days writing and dreaming of adventures, and her weekends living them. Both are helped by copious amounts of Yorkshire Tea.

Growing up, she spent most of her spare time orienteering, hiking, climbing trees and figuring out how to get down from said trees. These days, she climbs more rock faces than trees but still loves exploring wild places with minimal gear. Wild camping highlights include the high plains of Ladakh (Indian Himalaya), glacier camping on Greenland and forays into the Scottish mountains.

As a former disaster planner and USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) specialist, Alison is used to thinking about “what if…?” situations. A genetic tendency for hoarding makes her a natural prepper – if only she had more storage space…

She believes that the more you know, the better armed you are to deal with whatever life throws at you, and that tea and cake can improve almost any situation.

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