Whether you're a fan of "Doomsday Preppers " or "The Walking Dead" you may be thinking to yourself, "am I more of a prepper or more of a survivalist ?" Let's take a look at the difference between preppers and survivalists and figure out which one you are. However, while there are some differences, with most people who fall into one of the two categories, there is a large amount of overlap.
The Prepper's Characteristics
A prepper is concerned about everything from a natural disaster to the hyperinflation that will follow an economic collapse. Preppers have a lot in common with the "greatest generation" who lived through the Great Depression, in that they save and conserve and want to be prepared for anything. They have a food storage plan and can make it at least a few months on the food that they've stockpiled.
Preppers range from the guy next door that you would never dream of as a "whacko" doomsday person, to the full-blown "Doomsday Prepper ." The key to the difference is that few who call themselves " preppers " would want to be called " survivalists ."
The Survivalist's Characteristics
A survivalist , on the other hand, takes it to the next level. In addition to food, the survivalist will stock up on guns and ammunition and have a plan for a retreat from populated areas when society collapses. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that survivalists believe, much more than preppers , that society will collapse. Survivalists believe that there will come a time when they will definitely have to defend themselves, their families and their food and supplies.
While there is a lot of overlap between the two categories, those who are more into self-defense and concerned about societal collapse tend more towards the survivalist end of the continuum. Those more concerned with economic collapse or "merely" a power grid or supply chain failure or natural catastrophes (without the total break in law and order necessarily) would be more comfortable with the " prepper " tag.
Now that you know the difference between a prepper and a survivalist , you have a choice to make. Even if you do not believe in zombies or that the end of the world will be happening any time soon, you will make a choice whether to prepare for an emergency, such as hyperinflation or economic collapse. Even if you make no choice at all, you are really making a choice to remain unprepared.