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You Know You’re a Prepper When… 18 Surefire Signs You are a Prepper!

Ever wonder if you are a prepper? You might not be one of those “crazy preppers”, but if you can relate to any of these telltale signs, then you most definitely can call yourself a prepper!

1. Acronyms like BOB, TEOTWAWKI, and SHTF make sense to you.

teotwawki prepper acronyms
Preppers use some pretty crazy acronyms to talk about their plans.

  • BOB – Bug Out Bag
  • TEOTWAWKI – The End Of The World As We Know It
  • SHTF – Shit Hits The Fan

2. You never have to rush to the store before a big storm.


Items like bottled water, batteries, and first aid are the items which go first when SHTF.  You don’t have to worry about battling the mobs though because you’ve got them all stockpiled at home!

3. You are pretty confident you could survive with just this.

Bug Out Bag contents
Heck, maybe you’ve even tested your Bug Out Bag during drills!

4. Your basement looks like a grocery store.

emergency food stockpile
Basements aren’t actually the best place to store survival supplies, but you ran out of room in your pantry and had to expand!

5. When your wife says, “are you really wearing that out?” she isn’t talking about your clothes!

signs you are a prepper
Hmm..maybe you should have actually bought that N95 mask instead! 😉

6. You’ve had frank discussions about which insects are the best source of nutrients.

edible insects
And probably also debated the best way to cook insects for survival!

7. You think the people on Doomsday Preppers should have done more.

Doomsday preppers garden
I mean, really, they didn’t even put a generator-powered electrified wall around their survival garden!

8. Your Selfies look like this.prepper selfie

9. Even your dog has her own bug out bag.

dog bug out bag

Because disaster planning includes emergency preparedness for your pets too!

10. This is what your family vacations look like.

survival course training

Nothing like family bonding during a survival course!

11. You put a WaterBob on your Christmas list.

WaterBob for emergency water
Because you can never have too much emergency water!

12. Your family has matching taste in paracord bracelets.

paracord bracelets

You even made your own paracord keychains and other projects.

13. You clear the shelves of all the Band-Aids, ramen, and tissues every time you go to the Dollar Store.

dollar store prepping
Got to love all of the cheap prepping items you can get for just one dollar!

14. You’ve got one of these but pray to God you’ll never have to use it.

emergency toilet

It sure beats not having any emergency toilet at all because that would really bring a new definition to “SHTF!”

15. You build your kids the coolest forts.

survival fort

It’s never too early to start teaching kids how to make a wilderness survival shelter.

16. You’re actually happy when someone gives you candles as a gift.

emergency lighting candles
Because you can never have too much emergency lighting!

17. But it’s okay if you run out of candles because you know the burn time of Nutella and crayons.

burn time crayons

18. Your wife is learning to make soap.

Not because she’s a bored housewife, but because it will be a valuable bartering item for when SHTF.

But seriously…

Being a prepper is nothing to be ashamed about.  Before we all got lazy and spoiled by technology, everyone was a prepper.

Just ask your grandma – she knew how to grow and can her own food, had an off-grid stove, and was ready to handle just about any natural disaster that could hit.

Old fashioned homestead

Even if disaster never strikes, preparing for disaster is something that you can feel good about.  You not only get the peace of mind which comes with preparedness, but learn new skills.

Oh, and your stockpiles mean you never have to make emergency runs to the grocery store because you ran out of sugar. 🙂

Would You Be Ready if a Disaster Struck?

Most people aren’t even ready for a mild disaster like a power outage or blizzard.  They’d quickly run out of food and water.

Like my friend from high school who only turned prepper after spending a 3-day power outage eating just saltines because he had nothing else in his house (he’s a bachelor).

Yet somehow most of us have a false sense of security.  Consider the Red Cross poll which found that over half of Americans have fewer than 3 days’ worth of emergency supplies in their home – yet they think they could survive 16 days in a disaster!

Want to find out how prepared you are? Have a look at this Emergency Preparedness Checklist.

Getting Started with Prepping

It is actually a lot easier and cheaper than you think to start preparing for disasters. Here are some good resources so you can make it happen.

What the one surefire sign that gives you away as a prepper? 🙂


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  1. But my grandma was urban and didn’t ” know how to grow and can her own food, had an off-grid stove, and was ready to handle just about any natural disaster that could hit.”

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  2. We may not be the BEST Preppers, but it looks like we’re getting there! Always learn something from your posts.

    Thank you Jacob!

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  3. Don’t know if I’m a prepper but after Hurricane Maria we are still without power 66 days in… Water was another story, for us it was back after 2 1/2 weeks.

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