Why Reasons and Motivations Behind Prepping Matter

In the last article we looked at the differences between survivalists, preppers, and those that do little if anything to prepare for disasters or emergencies. This time we’ll look at why the reasons and motivations behind preparedness and survival planning matter in regard to what steps are taken to deal with the fallout from different scenarios where living and surviving may be determined by how well you’ve planned.

When I talk about the motivations and reasons for prepping, the survivalist philosophy is built upon a worldview that people incorporate into their lives. If they believe we’re approaching TEOTWAWKI, preparation for disasters or the collapse of society would be much different than those preparing for short-term emergencies.

A lot of that will have to do with the longevity of the supplies being stored, and how much money you want to spend on self defense. The worse someone believes the outcome will be, the more they’ll gravitate toward protection first. The thinking there is you can’t eat or drink if you’re dead.

Another consideration is concerning those that are religious, and think they may be living in the last days. Some people look at the perceived end time events in the bible and interpret them in light of current human events. These end timers have certain beliefs, and ask this question: “what will the end times be like?”
The answer to that question will determine the level or preparation, if any, they take to face crisis that may emerge. Many are escapists that think when the worst comes Jesus Christ Himself will come and snatch them out of the fire of destruction they believe will consume the world.

For them, they operate under the presupposition what they consider the latest end time events, and for better or worse, make decisions accordingly.

On the other side of the coin are those that embrace new creation fundamentals, where they consider like I do, that old things will pass away and the new will come. I don’t see this as referring only to the individual, but the people living on earth as well. That means preparedness includes dealing with short-term situations, but also having faith in God that things, over time, will gradually improve on the earth.

The same is true for those that are preppers for non-religious reasons. Those that think society will collapse from a catastrophic event, or group of events, think differently preparing for the future.

Many of those people are more engaged in diy survival methods. They not only buy things that can help them in times of need and want, but also work on developing survival skills that will allow them to better adapt if the crises goes on for a prolonged period of time.

They think in terms of “how to survival” rather than only stocking food and having some firearms and ammo on hand to defend themselves. When asking the question “what is survival?” the answer is different because their outlook and motivation is very different from a more moderate outlook concerning potential disasters, that most believe will be temporal in nature.

If they have a prepper starter list, it’ll be a complete one that deals with a lot more minutia and outcomes than most people would think in terms of.

Survival and prepping gear and guides

For preppers with a moderate outlook for potential emergencies, they will look toward more basic survival supplies, survival manuals, or prepper tipps, oops, prepper tips. Survival life hacks for them will be consistent with the viewpoint, so having enough food to last for shorter periods of time will be on their radar and planning strategy.

If thinking of a preppers guide to food storage, they may think a month is more than enough time, while survivalists wouldn’t even think of that being close to enough. Many serious preppers have at least a year of food on hand, and in those cases some don’t think that’s not nearly enough.

Preppers with a shorter timeframe for the length of potential emergencies, will consider things like a fire starter, hiking equipment for kids, the best camping survival gear, best outdoor survival gear, or best prepper supplies.

Survivalists will look for things like diy survival gear, disaster survival gear, survival equipment and supplies, jungle survival gear, hunting and survival gear and a military survival pack.

They think of themselves more as complete emergency preppers, or doomsday preppers, rather than those that believe almost every disaster will be short lived. This is why I say the reasons and motivations for preparedness are so important. It determines the level of preparation you’ll participate in.

One person will think of the best prepper items in order to endure short-term discomfort, while the other prepares for what they consider to be life and death scenarios.

If you were to look at the outdoor survival gear checklist of people with different outlooks, you’ll find the gear they have on hand will be in many cases, completely different, outside of the basics everyone needs. One thinks of basic prepping supplies, the other of comprehensive prepping supplies that cater to most scenarios they think they may face.

Consider locations and surrounding environment

Where you live, or the surrounding environment of where you will bug out to, is vital to preparing for disasters, no matter what level of preparedness we may think we have to engage in.

I’ve lived or traveled to almost every environment and climate you could think of, including the frigid cold of Minnesota and Canada, to the mountains of Colorado and Oregon. Living in the Arizona desert or more tropical Florida, or the Louisiana bayou, it requires a completely different way of prepping. The same is from country to country, such as Australia and Germany, or Ireland and Mexico.

Not only that, but within countries the geography and climate can change vastly from region to region. The point is in one area with lots of lakes and where fishing may be a big part of our prepping plans, something like mustang life jackets or a Mustang life vest would be important to have on hand, such as one for infants.

There are other options, like the Body Glove Women’s Phantom Neoprene US Coast Guard Approved PFD Life Jacket, or the Body Glove Men’s Phantom U.S. Coast Guard Approved Neoprene PFD Life Vest. There are many others to choose from.

One thing for sure, you won’t be thinking in terms of a life jacket or life vest as one of your prepping priorities if you live in Arizona or other desert areas.

Training and preparation ideas

Some of the ways to train to be ready for the types of emergencies or disasters that you may face, is to go to sites like New Creation Civilization, or some of the survivalist blogs that teach how to respond challenges situations under different environments or ecosystems.

There are a lot of doomsday prepper videos on this blog, and you can also go to YouTube to watch outdoor survival or urban survival videos that focus on local conditions you may face. Other things to search for are survival gear for the USA or other countries and regions, or specific categories like basic activities for boys, which develop survival skills.

One of the best ways to teach survival skills of almost any kind is to go camping and participate in different activities, such as starting a fire, in order to teach practical skills in a compelling way. Under those circumstances I’ve found it isn’t considered drudgery by those participating in the activities, but a fun thing to do. Young people especially look at it as a challenge and interesting.

Going hiking or biking is another way to prepare for future disasters. Even though most people won’t ride a bike during that time, it does teach perseverance and water management, two essential skills to develop for life in general, and difficult times in particular.

Other things can be fishing, hunting, trapping, gardening, alternative ways of cooking, etc. All of these can be fun and provide real-life training that could make the difference between life and death, or only surviving but not thriving when the difficulties of life inevitably arrive.


Why you prep is as important as how you prep for disasters or difficult circumstances and situations in life. How you prep is determined by your worldview concerning where it’s heading and why.

It’s not important as to why you prepare for disasters, only that you do so in conjunction with that belief. The main thing is to not be someone that believes everything will be okay, and nothing out of the ordinary will happen to you.

Look at the floods people in the U.S. have to endure, riots in other parts of the world, and the natural disasters that are part of the daily life of people everywhere.

It doesn’t have to be only natural disasters of a large nature we consider either. People experience their homes being broke into, and not only having things stolen, but enduring rape, or possibly the loss of life in the process.

My conclusion is at minimum, we should all be prepared to rough it for at least a couple of weeks, and better yet, up to a month.

If you believe there will be an attack using nuclear warheads, an EMP, or possibly biological weapons, then the mindset of long-term survival and military-like preparation will be what you should engage in.

The thing to keep in mind there is to be sure the amount of food and water aligns with your stash of weapons and ammunition for self-defense. Some people
tend to be heavy on self-defense and lighter on food and water.

So whether you think it’s TEOTWAWKI or the last days or end times, or neither, that believe will determine you level of preparedness for whatever comes you way.

My thought is everyone should have a couple of weeks of back food and water on hand, basic medical supplies, and specific resources to deal with whatever local environment you live in or will bug out to.


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