Not all preppers are created equal and it's best to steer clear of preppers who will harm rather than help you. It is always good to know the warning signs so you can spot the preppers avoid from a mile away.
Check out our list of the types of preppers avoid when SHTF… trust us, it's for your own good.
Types of Preppers Avoid
When it comes to survival and preparedness, it's true that there's strength in numbers. But there are some preppers you don't want to hitch your wagon to.
In a survival situation, these people are sure to drag you down, and maybe, even put you in danger. These are the ones who make rash decisions, don't take prepping seriously, crack under pressure, or just flat-out don't know what they're doing.
Have you met someone from these prepper categories before? In this article, we'll cover some of the most common preppers you should avoid and tell you how to avoid them. Check out the list below to have a more efficient prepper life.
1. The Newbie Prepper
This prepper isn't bad, but he is new. Since he's taking his first steps in the prepper world, he will need a lot of help and may make a lot of mistakes.
Newbie preppers have a tendency to become overwhelmed with how much needs to be done. They may require continuous advice and guidance, which is a drain on your own time and energy.
The desire to learn is there. But in a SHTF situation, they won't pull as much weight as they need to, and you'll be left to pick up the slack.
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2. The Commander Prepper
This type of prepper uses fear, intimidation, and power to get his way. He forces others to follow his commands by pointing out his superior survival knowledge and perfect bug-out plan.
But as bad as the situation might be, nobody wants to be pushed around. Having one of these preppers in your group could create tension and affect the group's ability to function.
As a result, their chances of survival will be put in jeopardy. There’s a fine line between commanding and leading people.
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3. The Homesteader Prepper
This type has the tendency to hunker down more than anything else. They grow their own food, have a sustainable water supply, and more. They have a great amount of knowledge of homesteading survival skills.
However, that may be all there is to it. When it comes to other serious survival skills, especially knowing what to do in a bug-out situation, they may be lacking.
The negative side of this type of survivalist is they love their home so much that they might refuse to bug out, even if the situation calls for it. Overall, the key is to develop the skill to determine whether you should bug in or bug out.
4. The Panicky/Weak Minded Prepper
This type of person would most likely get you into trouble because they mostly rely on their emotions. They easily get upset and have a very short temper.
If placed under pressure, they are always the first to break and make hasty decisions that could put the whole group at risk.
5. The Gun Enthusiast Prepper
All these preppers think about is guns, guns, and more guns!
Don't get me wrong — you should be well-armed in case disaster strikes. But it's possible to go overboard.
If you focus on guns as your main or only priority, when SHTF, you'll be ill-equipped in other areas. These gun-obsessed preppers are usually the ones who end up raiding other groups for supplies.
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6. The Accidental Prepper
These people aren't prepared because they're truly passionate about survival — they're really just very organized and have supplies on hand for handling everyday emergencies. For example, they might have a well-stocked first aid kit and a drawer full of flashlights and batteries in case of a power outage. These are great things, but in a true SHTF situation, they're not enough.
Accidental preppers are only good for the short-term and they are only prepared for mild disasters that are easy to predict. When it comes to unexpected emergencies and major disasters, they will have a hard time surviving.
7. The Bragging Prepper
This type of prepper prides himself on how prepared he is for any apocalyptic event. He finds it hard to keep his mouth shut about his food preparation, water supply, and the self-sustaining environment that he built as a whole.
The problem with this is if a disaster does happen, those ill-equipped groups will surely come for these religious preppers first.
You wouldn't want to be with or near him when that happens, would you? Having the right mindset is as important as having supplies when SHTF.
8. The Sheeple Prepper
This type thinks or believes that nothing will go wrong. Thus, they splurge their money on other things instead of spending it on things that they will need when SHTF.
If you ask if they're prepared for a disaster, they'll tell you that they are. But the truth of the matter is they’re not! They just say so just to get you off their back. If you partner up with them, you will most likely have to pick up the slack.
9. The Parasite and Nosy Prepper
This type of prepper is presumed to be the most dangerous kind. Knowing of your readiness and supplies, they join in and will not contribute to the group. They will live off of your stockpile and the comfort of your bug-out location.
If an opportunity presents itself, they will be more than willing to rat you out for their own benefit. Avoid these preppers at all costs. They are a liability.
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10. The Fake Prepper
This type of prepper tends to exaggerate their bug-out location and stockpile. The truth is they just talk the talk and don’t walk the walk.
They do this with the hope that you will also give out detailed information on your level of preparedness. Once they have that information, they might try to seize your stockpile by force when push comes to shove during a disaster.
11. The King of the Cul-de-sac Prepper
This person often has get-togethers in his home after a long week. They invite friends and neighbors into their home for a barbecue and a couple of beers.
The problem here is there may be one or two people that they don’t even know. If they happen to accidentally stumble upon his stockpile, they would most certainly make a mental note of that. Guess whose house these people would raid first when SHTF?
12. The Pay-for-Membership Prepper Group
These preppers would require you to pay a fee in order to become a part of their group.
This alone is already a red flag. Make sure that you only join legitimate prepper groups.
13. The “Hold My Beer” Prepper
This prepper is overconfident and doesn’t think on his feet most of the time. They have a tendency to show unnecessary displays of bravado.
The risk of putting your group in danger is high with this kind of prepper. They either end up hurting a fellow group member or hurting themselves.
14. The Bug-Out Prepper
The bug-out prepper is sort of the opposite of the homesteader prepper. Instead of focusing on preps at home, the bug-out prepper puts all their time and energy into finding and developing the perfect bug-out location.
This isn't a bad thing… until disaster strikes at home and they haven't stocked up on the necessary supplies. It's best to have a balance between home preps and bug-out plans, so you know you'll be prepared when SHTF, whatever form that takes.
15. The Hoarder Prepper
This type of prepper just buys stuff on the list but never actually uses any of it. These types of preppers are more about collecting the latest gear and showing off than actually being prepared.
When SHTF, they won't have the slightest knowledge of how to actually use all the gear they've stockpiled. You can't afford to have this dead weight around when you're fighting for your life in a survival situation.
16. The Economist Prepper
This prepper hoards raw goods and precious metals in case money won’t be worth anything at all. Bartering will be his main focus for survival. He also believes that if SHTF, he can use his stockpile to trade for supplies.
The problem is his priority is on investing in items for trading rather than developing survival skills. If supplies for trading run out, he's pretty much lost for what to do next. And guess who he'll ask for help when he realizes that his gold doesn't have much practical use in the post-SHTF world?
17. The Super Prepper
This prepper thinks he knows it all and tries to do it all on his own, even when in a group. He will make decisions on his own and doesn’t feel the need to communicate with the rest of the group.
The problem with this type is he will most likely drag you down more than anything else. Because of his being a lone ranger, he might refuse to listen for the betterment of the whole group. His mistakes could be costly for everyone.
Having the right companions can mean the difference between survival and death when disaster strikes.
While it can be an “every man for himself” scenario during this time, it's still safer to be with people you trust literally with your life. We hope this post will help you identify the warning signs for the types of preppers you should avoid when SHTF.
Did we miss any preppers you should stay away from when SHTF? Tell us all about them in the comments!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 11, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for quality and relevancy.