prepper wearing gas mask

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.

Preppers use some pretty crazy acronyms to talk about their plans.  Survival Joe has a list of 22 prepper acronyms you should know – or probably already do know if you are in the prepper world.

teotwawki prepper acronyms

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.

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

 

4. Your basement looks like a grocery store.

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

 

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

Hmm..maybe you should have actually bought that N95 mask instead! 😉

signs you are a prepper

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

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

edible insects

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

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

 

8. Your Selfies look like this.prepper selfie

 

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

Because disaster planning includes emergency preparedness for your pets too!dog bug out bag

 

10. This is what your family vacations look like.

Nothing like family bonding during a survival course!survival course training

 

11. You put a WaterBob on your Christmas list.

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

 

12. Your family has matching taste in paracord bracelets.

You even made your own paracord keychains and other projects.paracord bracelets

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

15. You build your kids the coolest forts.

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

 

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

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

 

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.making soap

 

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? 🙂


Image credits:

TEOTWAWKI” (CC BY-NC 2.0) by davide catania
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Hardcore” (CC BY-NC 2.0) by niXerKG
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Inspection Day” (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Wellington College
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Family Dollar Store” (CC BY 2.0) by JeepersMedia
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Candles, Coffee, Transistor Radio” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Gene Wilburn
Candlelight Breakfast” (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Canadian Pacific
Making Soap” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by *bri*
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