Prepping is being prepared for whatever we might be confronted with and many homesteaders consider it essential. The overall goal is to survive and thrive by living well. A lot of people hear the word “prepper” and think it means somebody who hoards guns and food because of an upcoming apocalypse, but that just isn’t the case.
A prepper is the literal meaning of the word – someone who prepares. Prepares for what? It could be anything. For my husband and I, it was him getting laid off for work. We didn’t have money to splurge, but we had food to eat, firewood to keep us warm and enough money to pay the utilities. Plus we had enough herbs and first aid supplies to take care of minor illnesses and accidents.
What could possibly happen that you might need to prepare for? Here’s some food for thought:
- You suddenly find yourself without income and you don’t have any money saved back
- Someone in your family has a major illness or accident
- Mother nature decides not to play nice
- You get lost on a hiking trip
- You have a flat tire in the middle of nowhere without a spare and there’s no cell signal
- There’s a drought, crops die out and the price of groceries skyrocket
- A new virus spreads like crazy
This list can go on and on. The thing is we can’t know what will happen tomorrow – yes there is a chance nothing will happen – but if something does, don’t you want to be prepared for it? Well, that’s why we do it.
Yes there is the possibility that a major earthquake or other natural disaster could happen tomorrow, the economy might collapse, or a foreign enemy might take over our government – we simply don’t know – but that is NOT the only reason we prepare. Nothing is certain in this life, unless you make it so, even then something might simply be out of our hands.
I am a seasoned survivalist. I started taking part of wilderness survival training back during my more adventurous days as a teen and young adult during the late 80’s – early 90’s. That word, “survivalist” took on a negative connotation back then, which slowed down my group participation as it was harder and harder to find a survival group to join.
The term ‘survivalist’ evolved into the term prepper, and now more people are practicing it on a family level as opposed to groups, but that’s ok and does work well. My husband and I have been prepping together as long as we’ve been together. Being someone raised on a farm in rural Mississippi, this was not new to him either. Growing up with uncertain financial stability made ‘prepping’ a necessity. When you have very little to begin with, you make things stretch – you save things, you plan for things, you ‘make do’ with what you have, you hope for the best, but plan for the worst. The bottom line, prepping is just one more necessary skill on the homestead.