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By Rachel Stinson – Guest Writer

For many people, the word “Prepper” brings a vision of camouflage, a scary and frightening survivalist who is waiting for the end of the world. However, most Preppers are very ordinary people who do not stand out in a crowd. They are doctors and plumber, attorneys, carpenters, and teachers with a Wi-Fi hidden camera. Most of them have no camouflage!

So who is a “Prepper”?

Although there may be as many definitions as there are people involved in each movement, the basic definition is that a Prepper is the one that stores the equipment, supplies, and food in case of an emergency. That emergency could be a massive natural disaster such as hurricane or tornado, forest fires, or gas leaks that require evacuation of the neighborhood or anything up to a major collapse of the country’s power grid. Preppers also take seriously the threat of knowing how a terrorist can affect the power grid or nationwide supply network that keeps our grocery store’s shelves stocked.

Preppers will usually have several weeks to a year’s supply of food provided, as well with flashlights, blankets, Wi-Fi nanny cams, water filtering systems, and a portable backup generator. These are people who are not profoundly affected by a multi-day power outage or a large source of broken water that causes a run on bottled water at the grocery store.

Who is a ‘’survivalist’’?

Usually, a survivalist is a hard core Prepper who, in addition to being prepared for a natural disaster, is very concerned about a breakdown in law and order. In addition to Prepper’s concern about ‘’SHTF’’ (Shit Hits the Fan) scenes, Survivalists are interested in “TEOTWAWKI” (the end of the world as we know it) and “WROL” (without the rule of law) situations. Survivalist considers the social order as being very fragile: it depends on an increasingly efficient state welfare system, which has to accommodate more than 44 million Americans on food stamps. They understand that if America’s extraordinary debt is not continually recycled by foreign countries willing to purchase out T-bills and bonds, we could be hyper-inflated like Zimbabwe and Weimar Germany that could cause massive civil unrest. Dangerous times and great risks require precautions, and Survivalist considers their personal safety and that of their loved ones important. A Survivalist will have firearms and usually a concrete plan of “hunkering down” or “bugging out” if law and another breakdown.

What can we learn from Preppers and Survivalists?

It would be difficult to find a Survivalist who is not a Prepper, and likewise, most Preppers have thought about survivalist and protecting themselves. Everyone would greatly benefit from thinking about these two groups of people and what can be learned from them.

If there was a power outage for more than two or three days, what would you do? If the governments (city, state, and federal) could not care for the Hurricane Katrina victims, what does this tell you about being prepared? Did you think that if you don’t have a plan, a natural gas leakage, train derailment, power outage, or terrorist attack could turn your family into a refugee? You may be surprised at how little preparation it takes to give yourself lots of peace of mind as you are positioned to meet disaster head on.


This article published by The Survival Place BlogSURVIVALISTS VS PREPPERS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

About the author:

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates, restaurants and electronics stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitant, engaging manner for all matters.


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By Rachel Stinson – Guest Writer

Survivalist are people who are prepared for any circumstance in times of war and peace. A survivalist does not only prepare for himself but also for his fellowmen. Traditionally survivalist would plan for war and keep the essential items needed to survival in war. The survivalist might make a list for himself or might even be responsible for making the list for others. If you are wondering what are the must have items on a survivalist check list then please read below for 10 most important things on every survivalist’s checklist:

  1. Food and Water

Starting from the basics food and water supplies are necessities on every survivalist checklist. A survivalist would not just pack to go with but will also contemplate the unforeseen circumstances that could cause shortage of food and water and pack accordingly.

  1. Flash Light

A flash light is a must have on a survivalist checklist. When talking about a survivalist we are talking about someone who will have the items to survive in unfavorable conditions and flashlight is an extremely important tool to have.

  1. Match sticks and Fire Starter

Weather anticipation is also very important along with cooking food. Both for cooking food and for keeping yourself warm during cold weather you may need to start a fire so a survivalist checklist would definitely have match sticks and fire starter.

  1. Camera

Although a new invention but camera has become an essential item on survivalist checklist. With new inventions such as video glasses and wifi nanny cams it has become easy to use cameras for security and recording and one of these items are a must have on survivalist checklist.

  1. Survival Knife

Although some people debate this but a survival knife is important. Even if there is no danger a survival knife can be used for hunting and cooking.

  1. First Aid Kit

First aid kit is a must have on a survivalist checklist because you can face medical emergencies anywhere and you must be prepared.

  1. Blanket

Weather is unpredictable sometimes and a survivalist blanket can help him survive through cold weather.

  1. Water Filtration System

Although difficult to carry but survivalists responsible for survival of multiple people specifically in war could benefit greatly from a water filtration system. As it could filter the water readily available and help during shortage of water.

  1. Outdoor Cook Stove

Survivalists would mostly be responsible for cooking their own food and sometimes in very unfavorable conditions. Although, this might not necessarily be on all lists but an outdoor cook stove could be very advantageous.

  1. Duct Tape

Although when we mention duct tape the question of its important is risen. But duct tape could have a lot of benefits. It could help in fixing things that you might have broken but you need and is not very heavy to carry.

A survivalist checklist could have above items and more on the basis of the survivalists’ mission. A survivalist in war might have a different checklist than a survivalist who is looking to survive alone through one trip.

This article originally published at The Survival Place Blog10 Most Important Things On Every Survivalist’s Checklist

About the author:

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates, restaurants and electronics stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitant, engaging manner for all matters.


The Survivalist’s Summer Guide To Deterring Ticks

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By Angela Counter Off The Grid News

If you think ticks are just another outdoor nuisance, no more dangerous than a mosquito, think again.

According to the CDC, approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported annually. It is caused by bacteria spread by the bite of an infected tick, and can lead to rash, fever, aches, and in serious cases, cardiac arrest and death. Although Lyme disease is most commonly associated with ticks, these tiny creatures are also responsible for the spread of more than 10 other diseases, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Even if a tick doesn’t carry disease, its habit of burrowing into the skin can make it difficult to remove, creating an open bite that can become infected. Be practical when moving through brush and woods in summertime, and take precautions to prevent tick bites.

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10 Things, Straight From Your Own Trash, That You Can Use For Survival

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By Nicholas O. Off The Grid News

How much trash do you throw away each day? As a survivalist, you need to look at all of the items that you have on hand – including what you may toss in the trash – and think how else you could use them.

We’re definitely not saying that you should hoard everything and throw away nothing, but there are still a lot of things that we all commonly throw away that can be immensely useful when it comes to survival — and that may end up saving your life.

Here are 10 commonly discarded items that you can use for survival:

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7 Keys To Finding The Perfect ‘Bug-Out Retreat’ (Where No One Will Spot You)

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By Rich M – Off the Grid News

Having a plan for “bugging out” is an option that pretty much every survivalist includes in his or her survival plans.

It’s where you or I would retreat to when we determine it’s time to “get out of Dodge” in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. For those of us who can’t afford such a place, we still need a planned location to get to, even if we don’t have a cabin already built and stocked with everything we need to survive.

While most people will take whatever they can get, there are several things you should consider when you are looking at a bug-out retreat location. Each of these things apply to an even greater extent if you don’t have that cabin in the woods and are going to try and survive in the wild.

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By  Kevin Danielsen Off The Grid News

It’s not always easy to find others that share our common survivalist and prepper interests (or the understanding of the absolute necessity of it). With that said, there are quite a few of us out there. In fact, various statistics put us at roughly 3 million strong.

Despite the numbers, it still can be difficult to find other survivalists in our local area. Quite frankly, it’s not like we endeavor to broadcast our existence to the world given the fact that most of us aren’t too keen on releasing such information to the general public. That’s one reason why I’ve always thought that the National Geographic Channel show “Doomsday Preppers” is a somewhat odd and curious thing. But that’s neither here nor there.

While you might be reluctant to reach out to other survivalists, there can be value in it. Being able to interact with and exchange ideas – and when it comes down to it – have a helping hand and a ready friend when things finally go south will be useful.

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: 3 Simple Ways To Connect With Survivalists Near You


Preppers and Survivalists. We throw those terms around to describe two very different groups of people. At first blush, the people who seem to align themselves with the term survivalist are seeking ways of living with virtually no assistance whatsoever. Survivalists of today and even the more distant past pride themselves on being able to make fire from primitive methods, create snares to catch small game or recognize edible plants that can be eaten or used for medicinal purposes. These are tremendously valuable skills.

Our forefathers who set out to claim virgin land for themselves in the untouched wilderness of a new country did this not as a hobby, but a necessary part of their lives. They lived with very little in the way of what we would consider modern conveniences. Sure they usually had more than a knife, but there were no camp stoves, flashlights, semi-automatic weapons, sleeping bags and plastic water bottles with built-in water filtration.

The skills our distant relatives used to carve a home out of the wilderness are still valued and taught today. Some will argue that the only way to be truly self-sufficient is to rid yourself of any modern convenience and live off the land. While I can appreciate the romantic notion of walking out the door and away from the 21st century – living like Thoreau on a lake, I don’t aspire myself to live completely like that although most of me yearns for more of that life than what I am able to get away with today. People who lived on the frontier were heartier, more self-sufficient and inventive perhaps. They also died a lot younger too.

I compare what I do to prepare with those who espouse the virtues of survivalism as if we are one in the same. Preppers are the evolution of survivalism or the development of similar concepts at least and perhaps on some level preppers are harkening back to our roots. Our ingrained thoughts that drive us to prepare could be our heritage calling to us from our subconscious. Maybe as a human species we recognize that we have gotten too far away from something so vital, something that is necessary for ensuring our survival and in a larger sense keeps the balance of the world in order somehow. Deep down, are we really all supposed to be living more self-sufficiently than our modern lives allow? Is this need inside of us to prepare, to get ready, not something we do because of outside indicators like the news, economy or politics, but something deeper within humanity?

Before you think I have been hitting the holiday cheer too early, let me explain what I mean. Preppers around the world have been learning skills they feel they need to answer a call that each of us has to get ready. Survivalists answer a similar call I believe and maybe that is not to get ready, but to learn. In both cases, preppers and survivalists are not sitting back on their laurels believing as many in our country do that all is well and you can always depend on the government to save you. For years this underground movement has grown and taken on many facets and disciplines but the heart of it all is a sense that we need to be ready to take care of ourselves. What was fringe before has become mainstream although we aren’t a majority of the population by any stretch.

The survivalist plans on being stuck in the wilderness with nothing but his mind. The prepper plans to bug out into the woods if necessary, but would rather stay somewhere safe and hopefully surrounded with family and friends. Both survivalists and preppers learn new skills that can be used to increase the likelihood of survival should the modern conveniences we rely on fail us all.

We might not have the same skills, but we prepare for similar reasons. We might not have the same ideology but our goal is self-sufficiency even though our definition of what that actually is might be slightly different and vary from location to location. So what are modern survivalists?

Becoming more self-reliant

Being self-reliant differs from being self-sufficient but they are kissing cousins. Both Preppers and Survivalists want to be more self-reliant and this is due to a lot of reasons. We often want to rely less on the power company and so we learn how to use alternative sources of energy like solar or wind power. By being able to produce your own electricity you depend less on the power company to provide you service. This has benefits in terms of cost and emergencies. If you have your own power you will likely be less affected by storm induced power outages. If you are producing your own electricity your power bill will be lower freeing resources up to purchase other things or reducing the amount of work you need to do in order to pay your bills.

Getting out of debt

Debt is probably one of the top if not the first main problems with our modern society. Debt has ruined our country and other nations as we have been signed onto debts we don’t owe yet will still be mandated to pay for them. Our country’s economics aren’t going to be changed by preppers but you can change your own economics. Getting out of debt will save you money in the long run and reduces your dependence (and liability) on and to creditors. Maybe you will say that everyone must have a credit card to get around these days and I’ll buy that. What you don’t have to have is a balance though. I have been paying down debt as quickly as I can for years and recently just closed out a couple of credit cards I had after paying them off. I still carry credit cards but the balances are shrinking and my plan is to only have one next year with a zero balance.

How will that help you ask? Well, if I lose my job during an economic collapse, it will be much easier to pay for my house if I don’t have any other bills. Instead of paying the credit card bill for shoes that I bought 3 years ago I will instead be able to buy food for my family. Having zero debt or as little as possible is one way you can prepare for shaky economic times.

Stocking up

This might be where survivalists and preppers disagree the most. Preppers will stock up food, water and supplies to last them during hard times. Survivalists will tell you that they don’t need anything and they plan to bug out into the woods if the SHTF. Who am I to say what will work for survivalists, but I just look at the numbers and common sense. Common sense tells me if millions of people are forced to walk into the countryside and try to live, a good many of them will die. I don’t want to be in that number.

So we stock up on supplies that we know will be necessary to live should some crisis happen. We purchase items to make fire, food to feed our family’s and weapons to defend ourselves. Survivalists take a different approach but again we all plan to live. We all want to survive.

Learning Skills

Skills are the great equalizer and both preppers and survivalists try to learn skills to survive. Where they differ is usually the location. Instead of planning to survive in the woods, preppers learn to survive in the cities. We learn how to use a weapon because simply having a gun won’t mean you are any better off than anyone else. I have seen missed shots at 25 yards from a trigger jerk. If you don’t know how to use the weapon you have, it won’t be of much use to you. If you don’t know how to grow food, those survival seeds will not be able to help you. If you don’t know how to treat injuries, all the fish antibiotics in the world won’t help so knowledge is key. Knowledge of how to survive is shared by both preppers and survivalists.

Maybe Preppers are the city cousins to the country survivalists. We are related, but we have different approaches. I think largely we are the same and the word survivalist has just been modified to a more PC version of Prepper. Prepper seems to be more accurate, but maybe that is just what I prefer. We both aim to survive and I think that is all that matters.

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This information has been made available by The Prepper Journal: Preppers Are the Modern Survivalists