What is a Prepper?

You may have noticed that a lot of our products here at Fenix Prep are geared toward “preppers.” But if you’re not familiar with the term, you might be feeling a little confused. So, here’s a quick rundown on preppers:

What is a Prepper?

A prepper is someone who prepares for life challenges. These can range from something relatively common like food and supply shortages (remember the great toilet paper shortage of 2020 or the baby formula shortage of 2022?), to major disasters, worldwide economic collapse, or war.

The mindset of a prepper boils down to this: Plan ahead. Anticipate risks. Mitigate the effects that an emergency situation will have on your life.

How does a Prepper Prep?

Now that you know what a prepper is, you may be wondering what exactly they do and how they prep. We’ve broken it down into two main categories:


Preppers stock up on basic supplies like non-perishable foods, water, and paper products. They also keep emergency supplies on hand like flashlights, generators, tools, batteries, radios, first aid kits, and blankets.

However, this usually goes beyond the typical week or so of food and basic survival items that you would take on a camping trip. “Real preppers” generally have at least a few months of food and water, a generator, bug out bags, communication devices that work off grid, and sometimes weapons to hunt or defend themselves with.

Knowledge and Skills

Most preppers have extensive knowledge and skillsets that make them excellent problem solvers and allow them to live without the help of modern conveniences like next-day Amazon delivery, transportation, banks, nearby grocery stores, and even electric companies. Often, preppers will plant their own gardens and grow a large majority of the food that their family eats. Preppers also tend to be debt-free or are working on becoming debt-free.

Are you a prepper? Start with preparing for the unexpected.

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