8 Common Habits Of A Prepper

Jan 20, 2015 by

You might have read several books about preparing for the worst case scenarios and might have practiced it several times at home, and that is good. Learning the basic skills to be prepared and to survive is a necessity and gives us the power of self-reliance.

But knowledge is far different from habit, which is more important. Brushing your teeth is a habit. So is smoking. These actions come on autopilot and do not require you to stop and analyze it first.

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Whatever habit you may have, it is formed to free our brains for more complicated issues. It helps us save mental energy and prevents stress. Disaster preparedness is one habit that you certainly should have.

Though most of these habits can be inherent or instinctual, some of them can be acquired or learned. Take a look at these habits of a prepper that you might discover you already have, or want to acquire.

Organized People Succeed

Being organized is one of the basic and common characteristics of a prepper. This habit is usually instinctual or engrained over the course of an individual’s life.

Chances are you are already an organized person. Regularly cleaning up your desk and making sure every item is on its right place, segregating your trash, folding your clothes and placing it where it should be, all that are signs of being organized. Having this habit alone can increase your chance of survival when disaster strikes.

Question Everything

It’s not about being skeptic or being a pessimist. It’s about knowing the facts and understanding the logic before accepting the truth or making decisions. Questioning everything is a habit that highly effective preppers have.

They question skills (Is it useful? Is it the most efficient way to achieve the goal?), products or goods (Will it last? Is it a good product?), and knowledge (Is it true? Is it proven?). Knowing what is true and logical helps people make good decisions.

Learning Is Breathing

Effective preppers always seek for an addition to their skillset and knowledge base. They want to learn more useful and efficient skills and put it into practice, and want to be the person who knows the step-by-step guide for disaster preparedness.

These people know what to do in emergency situations, they know what survival tools are and have it ready, and are very flexible. They focus on learning how to be self-reliant and to make use of what is readily available. If you do not know what skills are necessary, try to take courses online, community college or ask your friends who share the same interest.

There Is Always Another Way

Michael Snyder from the Prepper Fortress cited that one of the most common survivor traits is the ability to improvise. Survivalists seek for another way to do things in case the usual path is not an option. These people usually have a higher chance of survival when SHTF.

Most preppers prepare not only for the actual disaster but for the aftermath, and when that time comes, your improvisational skills will be very useful.

Always Have A Plan

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, many American families are aware of the importance of emergency preparedness but roughly half of all Americans have not discussed or developed an emergency plan with their family. We like to think we are prepared when in fact, we only know about being prepared but haven’t put it into action.

People who have good survival habits always have a plan and can execute it. You can practice this habit with your daily, weekly or even monthly activities and at the same time, plan for emergency situations. Also, make sure you plan food stock wisely. 

Stay Physically and Mentally Fit

When disaster strikes, it’s hard to maintain focus and think properly. If that happens, all of your planning will go to waste. That’s why preppers always stay fit mentally and physically.

They are ready to make rational decisions quickly under the most adverse of circumstances. Also, they are prepared to walk long distances, carry heavy objects and to do other physically demanding tasks necessary for survival—looking for a survival food for example.

Action Beats Preparation

It really pays to be prepared. Having your emergency food supply ready, knowing the exit plan, and knowing what to do in disastrous situations are necessary. But all of these are useless if you are under analysis paralysis or inaction caused by over thinking.

Survivors are those who perform and not those who know what to do. They are not people who are fearless, but they are ready to face their fears to do what needs to be done.

They Keep Their Heads Out Of The Sand

People who know what’s happening around them always have an advantage in terms of survival over those who are just going with the flow.

These people don’t allow themselves to be caught off guard. They keep themselves aware of the news, current events, and weather forecasts to be able to respond appropriately. While not all situations are predictable, it pays to be ready as early as possible. Aside from depending on the news, observe your surroundings and be mindful of what can happen.

Being prepared is not a one-time thing. Having your survival food kits or emergency tools such as flashlights, matches or whistles are simply not enough.

You need to make it a habit.

If you don’t, your knowledge might be useless in situations that might cause panic. Building a habit that can benefit you when disasters strike is not that hard, but you need to put in time and effort.

And the best way to practice is with your family members or with other members of the community. Engage them in activities that can help them be aware of what to do in such situations and practice it. Make your family a team, and make your team your family.

Stock knowledge is not going to help you and thinking might come second when your instincts prevail. As mentioned, habits come on autopilot and do not need analysis thus saving you time, energy, and probably your life.

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  1. A very solid list of what any new or veteran prepper should read. I think one thing that you mentioned which often gets overlooked is the aspect of staying fit. When SHTF, your body may be all you have for a stretch and people need to spend as much time preparing their bodies and endurance as they do their stash of items.

  2. Taxdn2poverty

    Great call on “Analysis Paralysis”!


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