PREPPER RESOURCES – IMPORTANT ANSWERS
What is a Prepper? What is Prepping?
This is a page that answers fundamental questions about PREPAREDNESS – What is a Prepper? What is Prepping? Learn about the different perspectives from people who prep – to help you be a better, more capable Prepper.
WHAT DEFINES A PREPPER?
How we think helps to define what we are as Preppers.
The simple definition of “WHAT IS A PREPPER?” is: A prepper is someone who is preparing.
The Longer answer as to what defines a prepper is: A Prepper is a person who realizes that they want to be comfortable, but that comfort doesn’t mean being lazy. A prepper is a person who realizes that many things cannot be avoided – and so, being prepared can afford some additional comfort and capacity during ‘the unavoidable’.
This page should give you a great idea about prepping and what a prepper is.
What is a Prepper? This is not an easy question to answer. But it is answerable – if you are willing to accept a breadth of concepts that can help define what types of people prep, how they prep, and why they individually prep. This page seeks to answer what a prepper is, by giving context to the concept of prepping. Prepping is an idea – defined by planning, strategy, fears, and existing preparation and it is differs for each person, but to give a simple answer: A prepper is one who is adding Capabilities, and improving their ability to respond to the unknown.
A Prepper is Aware
Awareness is important in prepping – it allows you to know about solutions – and it affords you choice. Choices in how you prep. Preppers are aware of the potential for difficult things and disasters to happen. This gives context to a prepper – and gives a tangible roadmap. Awareness for preppers is crucial.
A PREPPER IS OPEN MINDED
Open-mindedness is important for Preppers because things change. Innovation is happening every minute of every day and the risks of not being prepared change every day. Who would have expected a Pandemic? Some Preppers anticipated – but not all of them. And seeing the drastic changes that took place during the pandemic helped to reopen the minds and the planning of many preppers. The best preppers are continuously opening their minds to new ideas and changing landscapes.
A PREPPER IS SEEKING KNOWLEDGE
The best preppers are constantly on the lookout for ways to optimize their planning. Even if their plans are quite focused and specific – they are looking for intelligence in the things they read about current events. They look to historical practices. They evaluate current best practices. They seek for betterment in their base of understanding and in their skillsets.
A PREPPER IS WORKING TOWARDS OPTIMIZATION
Preppers don’t prep so they can rest on their laurels. Sure, it can give peace of mind, and allow for some respite, to know that you are ready to take on many things. But preppers are always trying to find how to streamline, how to improve their plans, how to own the better gear, and how to use it more efficiently – among other things. Preppers can find nuance in their planning, and improve incrementally almost everywhere. Most preppers focus their prep at first and diversify their preps over time, as they learn how to adapt and improve. Once their specific plan for the “most likely event” or for the most realistic outcome, are in place – they start looking for ways to improve beyond that space. Prepping covers a spectrum usually – one that helps the prepper understand their place in this big world.
A PREPPER IS GETTING BETTER EVERY DAY
A prepper is all about continuous improvement. A prepper knows that there are risks everywhere, and being more capable of responding to risk adequately gives them better peace of mind. But preppers are more than jsut gear and concepts – preppers want to see continuance as an option. Whether it be in the aftermath of a natural disaster, or because of a poor economy or job loss – preppers are ready to stay competitive, even when the unknown occurs.
PREPPERS FIND THE RIGHT RESOURCES THAT HELP THEM PREPARE IN THE RIGHT WAY
CLICK ON THE CATEGORIES BELOW TO LEARN ABOUT PREPPING
We are a premier provider of preparedness content. Our content mix offers a lot of different preparedness article focal points – and the breadth of our team’s knowledge on preparedness is strong.
Building something that is more self-sufficient than peers is a core concept to homesteaders. It’s about knowing what you can do with what you have, and building something that provides for your needs and your wants. It doesn’t have to be austere to be a homestead.
Practical Defense is a critical component to Prepping. Even if you’re a pacifist or someone who prefers not to embrace deadly weapons – understanding how to plan for safety and protect against living threats is important. We have real-world experts in defense on staff – we think we have a lot to offer you.
From wilderness survival, to urban survival during major events, we want to ensure you have the tools to react, & thrive in the place where you live. More than that, we want you to be able to survive & thrive in any place.
We all need to eat – but it shouldn’t be just to survive. Sure, we will help you find ways to stockpile, and some of that might be more skewed towards simple calorie calculations – but our goal with regards to food on Defiel.com is to help you enjoy life, happily and healthily.
Most websites act like they are a prepper website because they offer gear reviews or show off new gear on the market. Being a prepper is more than JUST GEAR. But, let’s be honest – gear is fun; gear can be a catalyst purchase, and gear helps us to improve our overall skills by giving us the tooling to make things happen.
Preppers shouldn’t be defined by just what they fear, but it does help them prep
What worries you?
Fears are great catalysts for preppers to help them structure a plan, and refine strategies. But that doesn’t alone define what a prepper is.
What a healthy fear can do, however, for a prepper, is important. What you are worried about – as long as you let it drive you forward instead of stopping you in your tracks – can help you prep the way you need to.
Financial fear is not something to be ashamed of. We live in a world that is ultra competitive, and doesn’t function solely on being good at something, or being willing to succeed. Sometimes – in fact many times, money can be affected through no fault of your own. And it’d be disingenuine to state that preppers are all well-off, or that all preppers have less to worry about regarding money. Furthermore, money does not a prepper make. What IS IMPORTANT when it comes to money and prepping, is understanding how to utilizing funding, be responsible with finances, and furthering goals by using money. In a fiat system, it may be more difficult to source the proper goods and services to stay ahead of the curve, but we can help you with our practical, proactive financial discussions.
Natural Disaster Fears
Part of what defines a prepper is being ready for things. And what is a better focal point than a natural disaster? A natural disaster is both hard to predict, and hard to measure overall impact from. That is: you don’t know when it might come, or what may result during or after a natural disaster. That goes for California earthquakes; volcanic eruptions, Kansas tornadoes, or Florida Hurricanes. Flooding, fires, and other natural events can be dramatic, scary and displace you – a prepper knows about the risks they are likely to face, and prepares both for the known and the unknown.
The mob rules – unfortunately. You never know when a simple protest might turn ugly and cause major issues for you and the ones you love. You see crime rising across the country – and it makes you think about what will result? Legislative changes make it harder to do things as a law abiding citizen, but easier as a criminal. When seconds matter, the police are minutes away. Prepping means understanding real world risks and understanding how to plan for, and react to those risks.
Pushing for personal goals
Not everything must be derived from a fear about something that can happen. Some preppers just set and meet goals over and over again. And that’s a great catalyst to help you refine, or redefine your preps. And ‘preps’ isn’t jsut a codeword for gear and items. Preps can be anything tangible or non-tangible that contribute to your potential for success in a given scenario. Preppers need to understand that most situations require a combination of tooling and skills. If you’re a prepper stoked by setting and meeting goals – you’re in good company.
Preppers change over time, and so do their needs. Time has a profound impact on prepping
Prepping Timelines and Timing
Timelines are crucial in prepping. How long do you prep for? How many days will your preps need to last? How long is a food shelf stable? How much water will I need over “X” number of days? How long until I have saved enough money to feel comfortable? Is 72 hours enough to get out of the initial worry of a natural disaster? When do I bug out? Should I bug in?
Timing, and Timelines can influence how your prep. Prepping relies on inputs – some known and some unknown – time is one of the most important. So there is a lot of value to understanding how time interacts with prepping. This is especially true when trying to answer the question: “What is a Prepper?”
Is a 72 hour kit enough?
Sure – a 72 hour kit is enough for many people, and many events. But prepping isn’t just about merely getting through an event by the skin of your teeth. Prepping is about meeting real-world challenges head-on. A 72 hour kit will probably get you through the first 24 hours just fine – but so will your adrenaline and a couple of bites of a granola bar. Don’t go throwing out your 72 hours kit though. We’re here to take you to the next level. A 72 hour kit is on the ‘reactive side of proactive’ and it is useful, but prepping is truly about planning, and strategy and improvement, and skill and strength-building.
How long will I need to be prepping to feel confident?
Sometimes new preppers feel a huge weight lifted off their shoulders after their first prep. Sometimes it’s after they have hit a first goal. But prepping, like anything that matters, takes time and reevaluation and work to get right. And getting prepping right is one of those things that has a moving target, or a series of goals, not a singular goal. We encourage you to take it a bit more seriously – of course we would – we are a prepper website after all! But seriously: we think you can improve incrementally, and still have moments of great wins too. Let us help you understand how to navigate the timelines and the timing of prepping. Not just as “preparedness experts” but as part of a community of real-world, commonsense preppers.
Why do so many people act as if the end of the world is coming tomoRrow?
There are a lot of people that do prep for the apocalyptic events as a natural focal point. It may seem a bit contrived depending on your frame of reference. But it’s not nearly as comical if you look at it from a relative perspective. Sure there are a few people that like to take it super-hardcore, and that’s OK – we hope we don’t have to square off with them in the apocalypse. But that concept – as in: the worst possible thing you can imagine – or TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it), is a great prepping goal to have. It gives us a somewhat unrealistic, but serious goal to go after, because, if we can get ourselves to be prepared for the end of the world as we know it, what will we be NOT PREPARED ENOUGH to handle? See? It all just requires some perspective. Not all prepping has to be serious all the time, but seriously, isn’t it about time you started prepping? You’re here after all.
Can I accomplish anything in the next week or month in prepping?
Yes! Prepping can be as easy and picking up a couple of jugs of water at the store next time you’re grocery shopping. It can be as easy as putting another 1% of your paycheck into a special savings account, or making sure you have a gas shutoff wrench in the house if you’re in an earthquake prone location. Prepping is what you make of it – you can get as much accomplished or as little accomplished as you want, as long as you’re in it for the perseverance of yourself and your loved ones. Seriously: there are a lot of preps that can take a few minutes, and give you a huge peace of mind. And really, preppers get the satisfaction they’re after by accomplishing one more thing on their list of ultimate peace of mind goals. Look at what scares you (immediately above if you don’t know that yet) and start thinking about what goal you could set to mitigate that fear. Then you’ll think of a hundred things that will be able to be done ASAP! Look! Now you’re a prepper too.
Food Storage is Important as a Prepper
We are striving to have the most robust repository of food related prepping information on the web. We’re off to a good start – see how we can help you build up your food stores, and help you prep smarter and more efficiently.
Common Questions about Prepping
Do I need a lot of money to be a prepper?
Prepping websites sometimes conflate preparedness with tooling or even worse - just gear, for gear's sake. Prepping is about more than just gear, and tools, and fun toys. Prepping requires real world skills, and from the emotional, to the physical, to the mental aspects, prepping is built upon an idea of balance. You don't need a ton of money to be a prepper. You don't need a ton of products to be good at prepping. Though it should be noted, there are times where the differentiator is a physical product. All that said - there is rarely a situation that cannot be dealt with purely based on your ability to add to your gear pile.
How do I know the information I see online about prepping is accurate?
It's hard to rely on every piece of information you may see in the prepper space - there are a lot of poorly fact-checked pieces of content. There are also a lot of marketers-cum-experts that are regurgitating poorly orchestrated information. At Defiel.com, we employ real-world experts with hardcore resumes, and ask them to be stringent in sourcing information. You can tell from our content that our information passes the gut check, and we are a living breathing organization that can and will modify information to maintain accuracy and suitability for our readership. We invite you to interact with our people and ask their input, and challenge their content, too. We're excited to have a robust panel of professionals that work tirelessly to provide strong content for our fans and viewers.
What happens if I'm not prepared before some event happens?
No one is ever going to be as prepared as they want to be - especially when no one can calculate the future. But prepping is about the journey as much as it is about the destination. learning, and growing and becoming more capable along the way is one of the best parts of the prepping journey. From a practical perspective: being prepped in any way for a given scenario, already puts you in better stead during said event. Having the mindset for planning, and putting pen to paper as it were, allows you deeper insights, and will help to improve your overall capabilities, even if you don't fell fully prepared for a given event.
Where can I learn about some of the esoteric things in the prepping space?
Right here! We've been covering oddball things as part of this project for years. And by oddball, we mean completely satisfying, totally interesting things that people actually ask, but a lot of people are afraid to in a public space. Let us look like the crazy people - we think it's important that everyone who wants to approach prepping can do so without difficulty and without hesitancy. Don't let your freak side hide - if you've got a crazy question - ask us to cover it - we'd love to be part of your prepping journey. Most of what we cover though, will apply to the mainstream preppers and the small subsegments of the market too. We aim to be a broad resource for all those who want to try this lifestyle.
What if my family is not as into prepping as I am?
You do what you do because you care about your family. It doesn't mean they are going to show their affection for you in the same way. It also doesn't mean that they don't support you and wouldn't be extremely happy that you have preps, if a major event does affect you. Sometimes prepping is a personal journey that can benefit others - sometimes it jsut takes a catalyst for others to get involved. It's important to be transparent and voice your opinions and explain your feelings about why you prep. Even if people aren't as into it as you are, they can still be supportive and still benefit from it. It's not a popularity game - it's a long-term viability thing. Practical prepping is an important goal to have. Being smart about how each addition in skills and tooling for your prepping journey is an important factor.
There are so many choices! What gear and tools do I ACTUALLY need?
We know how ridiculous it feels to hear everyone and their sister recommend a new piece of EDC Gear or Prepper product as a "MUST HAVE". It's why we take our product lists so seriously. It's important to us to not just throw a bunch of affiliate links out there just because. We offer affiliate links to help us pay the bills, but we promise to be thorough, and accurate, and to tell the truth instead of taking a payoff from the manufacturer. Visit our Prepper Product hub and see what you think. We would welcome any feedback.
What are the most important things I need to prep for?
There's a saying that goes roughly like this: In extreme conditions, you can survive 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food - We think that's a good place to start. If you're prepping for less essential things in your early prepping journey, make sure you've evaluated your realistic concerns. Oh, yeah, and how long does it take to bleed out, or be negatively affected by shock, or have a self defense concern? There are plenty of things to help you find a way to start prepping. But we think life continuance is #1, always. Comfort is awesome, but life is crucial. If this answer is a bit to hardcore - check out our "THINGS PEOPLE PREP FOR" page.
Some Prep for peace of mind
Prepping can be as simple as eliminating the edge caused by a back-of-the-mind fear. Sometimes it’s simply about ironing out logistics, or looking for more consistent day-to-day routines. It can be adding a backup battery to your daily tech stack, or improving your savings to make sure you have enough when times are tougher. Prepping can simply be able breathing easier because you took care of one more rogue variable.
Some prep on practical Day-to-day needs
We don’t know what tomorrow brings. No one can tell the future. We think what matters is being self-sufficient to the extent that we can be. We think it’s important to hedge against risks that can threaten our livelihoods, our food supply, our drinking water, and our shelter options. Prepping is about being prepared through a comprehensive plan for the most likely threats, and sometimes those threats are losing a job, or having a rough quarter with finances. Sometimes that threat mitigation is about improving our ability to source food through building an orchard, or adding some livestock. Sometimes that threat mitigation is about practical planning and communication so when or if an event happens our loved ones know how to run the playbook to stay safe and return home unscathed.
MAINTAINING QUALITY OF LIFE
Some Prep by being prudent with resources and planning for a rainy day
A lot of what prepping is in the most practical sense, is simply planning for the future, and maintenance of the quality of life a person has at any given time. In a sense, prepping is just about maintaining normalcy, regardless of the outside conditions or unknown variables. At Defiel.com we are consistently trying to improve our offering to give our readership more options, and better advice. Not everything is impractical; not everything is about the end of the world – most of what we produce and support is simple, basic continuation of comfort, and the ability to be able to react in the face of difficult scenarios.