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Like most things, there is a lot of information on the Internet about preppers and survivalists. Most of this information is wrong. And some of it is even inflammatory. For example, the mainstream media has portrayed all preppers and survivalists as being crazy, anti-government and preparing for doomsday.

Preppers are crazy Credits: The Biggest Lies & Myths About Preppers – Off Grid Survival

Preppers are all Anti-government Credits: The Biggest Lies & Myths About Preppers – Off Grid Survival

Preppers are all preparing for Doomsday Credits: The Biggest Lies & Myths About Preppers – Off Grid Survival

But, preppers and survivalists come in all shapes and forms.

So, here is a guide on the difference between Preppers and Survivalists.

     Are Preppers and Survivalists the Same Thing?

No.  They are different. But,  Survivalists are Preppers and  Preppers are Survivalists.   The following is the best definiton for preppers:

PreppingDefinition of a Prepper

Prepper (noun): An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of or prior to any change in normal circumstances or lifestyle without significant reliance on other persons (i.e., being self-reliant) or without substantial assistance from outside resources (govt., etc.) in order to minimize the effects of that change on their current lifestyle.

Credits: Prepper – A Definition – American Preppers Network : American

Survivalists evolved from the following circumstances:

The term survivalist started popping up in the 1960’s after people started warning about the devaluation of our currency, the possibility of nuclear problems because of the cold war, and the skyrocketing inflation rates that were hitting the country. Around that same time, the increased urbanization of our way of living caused many to worry that this new urban model would eventually become unsustainable, causing supply shortages and chaos in large urban centers. Credits: Survivalists & Preppers: What are they, and what do they Believe?

Here, is a great definition for survivalism:

To me, a survivalist is someone who spends a great deal of time learning survivalistand practicing primitive skills, to be able to survive natural threats such as exposure, starvation, predators, and dehydration, in many different wilderness environments. Not all survivalists spend their time focused solely on wilderness survival, however. Some spend a great deal of time learning how to deal with urban threats or combat scenarios.

They learn which plants are edible and which are poisonous.

They learn various methods to start a fire so that they can stay warm, fend off predators, and boil water no matter where they find themselves.

They learn to find and filter/purify water in different environments. Credits: Are you a “survivalist” or a “prepper?” Can you be both? Are they

So, Survivalists, basically have more bushcraft skills, and they are more capable of escaping civilization and living in the wilderness or off the grid. While, Preppers, in times of emergency tend to want to stay where they live and stick it out. And both Preppers and Survivalists have the same goal of self-reliance in time of disaster and not relying on the government to help them the shit hits the fan.

At Living Dead Prepper we’ll investigate both survivalists and prepping.

What do you think of these definitions? Are they accurate?  I welcome your comments below.