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99 Relatable Things That Only Preppers Will Understand

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    1. Pantries are so mainstream…you have food stashed in strange places in every room of the house.
    2. You have enough toilet paper to get through a year of uncomfortable digestive upsets…occurring with 6 people simultaneously
    3. Speaking of which, you possess at least 3 different ways to use the bathroom, only one of which is an actual bathroom.
    4. Your kids know what OPSEC means…at the age of 4.
    5. You have topographical maps of your area…plural.
    6. When you’re forced to interact with “the others” you feel like you are awkwardly censoring your true opinions
    7. You think nothing of treating an injury or illness yourself because “what if there was no doctor?
    8. Paintball and laser tag are no longer just a fun way to spend an afternoon …they are tactical training.
    9. You’ve purchased duct tape in bulk.
    10. With every major purchase, you contemplate going for the off-grid version.
    11. You have more manual tools than power tools.
    12. You’ve washed entire loads of laundry by hand for either necessity or practice. (And not just your dainties…we’re talking about jeans and stuff!)
    13. Your kids are not afraid of guns…or fingers pointed like guns…or pastries in the shape of guns…or drawings of guns.
    14. When house-hunting you look for multiple heat and water sources.
    15. You store food in buckets…lots of buckets…like, maybe even a whole room full of buckets.
    16. You garden with a determination and time commitment normally reserved for endurance athletes training for an Ironman triathlon.
    17. If you don’t have a water source on your property, you have put in miles of footwork searching for one nearby, and have mapped multiple discreet routes to and from the source, and figured out how to haul the water back to your house on each route.
    18. Your first instinct when hearing about some event on the mainstream news is skepticism. (False flag event, anyone?)
    19. You read articles about multiple ways to use white vinegar and nod your head throughout.
    20. You believe that FEMA camps are real and that you are most likely on “The List”.
    21. Instead of CNN, you have alternative news sites bookmarked in your favorites on your computer.
    22. You have enough coffee/tea/favorite-caffeinated-item-of-choice to last you through 3 apocalypses.
    23. You could outfit a small-town pharmacy with all of the over-the-counter medications you have stashed away.
    24. You have an instinctive mistrust of anyone working for the government.
    25. You could sink a ship with the weight of your stored ammo. In fact, you put it in the basement when you became concerned about your floorboards.
    26. Looking for a fun weekend outing with the kids? Forget amusement parks – the shooting range is where it’s at.
    27. When the power goes out, you calmly light the candles and proceed with whatever you had been dong previously.
    28. A longer-term power outage is called “practice”.
    29. If a like-minded person comes over to your house, they’ll realize you are “one of them” by seeing your reading material. Other folks won’t even notice. The FBI might call your copy of The Prepper’s Blueprint and your A. American fiction “subversive literature”.
    30. Your children carry a modified bug-out kit in their school backpacks.
    31. You can and dehydrate food with the single-minded fervor of an Amish grandmother facing a 7-year drought.
    32. Calling 911 is not part of your home security plan.
    33. You spend your days off digging an underground bunker in your backyard.
    34. You have more than a thousand cheapo lighters that you purchased in bulk, stashed away in the back of your linen closet…and you don’t even smoke.
    35. You eat a lot of survival food now, so there is no ‘system shock’ when you are forced to eat only the items you have stocked (or that you GROW – hint hint).
    36. You stock alcohol in mass quantities so you can comfortably numb after the SHTF.
    37. You stock alcohol in mass quantities – and you don’t even drink. (Barter, baby!)
    38. You know what? Forget stocking alcohol. You have your own still. You’ll make alcohol.
    39. You have enough salt to create another Dead Sea.
    40. You don’t move – you strategically relocate.
    41. You purchased 50 of these little EDC multitaskers already for stocking stuffers for your friends/family/workmates/neighbor/random stranger.
    42. Speaking of Christmas, you gave Conflicted to everyone last year.
    43. When your friends ask about your favorite authors, instead of Hemmingway, Tolkien, or Kerouac, you get a blank stare when you tell them it’s John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman.
    44. You know exactly how many Mountain House buckets it takes to make a base for a single bed.
    45. You don’t stock up on milk. You get an actual cow.
    46. Your family doesn’t dare take something from the food stockpile without marking it off the list.
    47. Your kids know how to don a gas mask in 30 seconds.
    48. Everyone in your survival group carries the same firearm so that ammo is standardized.
    49. You have non-electric versions of appliances like wheat grinders, washing machines, and coffee makers.
    50. You yell at the TV every time a commercial for Doomsday Preppers comes on. Oh. Wait. You don’t have a TV. But if you did, you’d yell, because you know how positively ridiculous and unrealistic that show is.
    51. Your family is no longer surprised when you announce, “Hey, we’re going to learn how to make (insert anything here)!”
    52. You have more how-to books stored on hard-drives than most public libraries have on the bookshelves.
    53. Your children have a plan in case they need to bug out from school.
    54. Alternatively, you homeschool and bugging out is part of the curriculum.
    55. You have more than three ways to cook dinner if the power goes out: a woodstove, a barbecue, a sun oven, a fire-pit, and/or a volcano stove.
    56. First Blood and Red Dawn are basic training films for your family.
    57. You have long since accepted the idea that if you’re not on someone’s list, you’re probably not doing it right.
    58. Your 7-year-old knows Morse code.
    59. You’re secretly disappointed when the electricity comes back on after only a few minutes.
    60. You know more ways to make a homemade knife than the entire population of your local prison combined.
    61. You don’t just rotate food, you rotate ammo.
    62. You know the distance from your door to your front gate is precisely 207 yards.
    63. Moving to a new house is no longer “moving”, but “strategic relocation“.
    64. You have mapped out at least 3 different routes by car and 2 different routes on foot to get to your bug-out location.
    65. You know the difference between “Tyvek” and “Tychem” suits, and in which instance they should be used.
    66. Ditto the finer points of N-95 vs. N-100 masks.
    67. You watch The Walking Dead in order to critique their survival tactics. (And you were secretly delighted to see Beth building a fire in a Dakota pit.)
    68. Speaking of fire, you can start one in at least 3 different ways, and you always carry a lighter, a fresnel lens, and a magnesium firestarter.
    69. You have two (or more) of everything important, well, because “one is none.”
    70. You have a decoy food supply.
    71. Your kids think it’s a fun game to see who can find the most potential weapons in a room.
    72. Even your dog has a bug out bag – which she carries herself.
    73. You have elected NOT to purchase greater armament because you plan on upgrading with your future assailant’s weaponry.
    74. Your EDC includes a knife, firearm w/extra mag, flashlight, mylar blanket, Chapstick, and an ounce of silver — and that’s just for when you’re walking the dog.
    75. The trunk of your car has enough supplies to carry the family through an entire week during a major blizzard.
    76. One criterion for your new winter coat is that it fits over your body armor.
    77. Your neighbors separate their compost for you into a) chicken food b) garden food and c) other
    78. You scour travel size aisles because they fit better in bug-out bags and they make great barter items.
    79. You check out the garden center and pest control section for potential weapons.
    80. Your subscribed channels for YouTube and bookmarks now contain more prepper and alternative media sites than cute animal sites.
    81. Christmas and birthday gifts have a prepper theme.
    82. You actually know what the letters “EMP” stand for.
    83. Every time there is a small household “disaster” like a power outage or local water “boil order” you just grab your emergency supplies and remind dubious family members. “See, told you it pays to be prepared.”
    84. Your freeze-dried food has a longer expiration date than you do
    85. You know how to make bows out of skis and arrows out of garden bamboo.
    86. You have (or are seriously considering, buying) an old armored personnel carrier to turn into your RV.
    87. You know that Falling Skies has better idea for post-apocalyptic survival than The Walking Dead or Z Nation but you still watch them all just in case
    88. Your friend asks “Do you have enough bullets?” then you both laugh and laugh because you know you can never have enough.
    89. You changed your home page from MSN (or any other propaganda media) to Drudge Report or SHTFplan.
    90. You have no problem knocking on strangers’ doors to ask for fruit tree cuttings
    91. You have vacuum packed underwear in a plastic tub stashed somewhere in your house
    92. You just might have more medical supplies than the local ER.
    93. The Co-op and Costco recognize you but pretend not to. They know better than to ask questions about your purchases.
    94. If you’re a man you are no longer embarrassed to buy tampons and sanitary napkins because they make great bandages.
    95. If you’re a woman you know you don’t need to buy tampons or sanitary napkins because so many other options exist.
    96. You actually own a toilet seat that fits on a bucket.
    97. You have enough wood cut and stacked to form a barricade around your whole property.
    98. Admit it. Every time the power goes out, you go see if your car starts so you can get the jump on hunkering down or buying out the store with case in the event that this one is actually an EMP.
    99. You have considered filtering water with a coffee filter or a t-shirt.

  • #2
    Just where did you find that?


    96. You actually own a toilet seat that fits on a bucket.

    I admit we might still have a luggable-loo from our popup camping days.
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    With 2 big Pitt Bulls filling the walkway in a popup was a motivator to buy a 29'-6" tail wagger RV. Another was the popup's pull out bed's thin mattress.


    • #3
      Horses makes life much more bearable when out camping.


      • #4
        Odd you mentioned horses. I'm involved with a faith based horse ministry, I don't do much meaning I walk on one side of the horse to insure the rider stays on the horse. Kids from the cities who have never a horse except for TV. Some disabled people, mostly stroke survivors.
        It brings peace inside.


        • #5
          I've done an OSI course where we did an afternoon at one of those up here.
          As to the term horses , I have no idea how auto correct got that word, l meant to type "those" . I got one of the lugaloos myself. It's almost civilized, LOL. And it's easy to keep stocked too. I use the scented glad kitchen catchers and a dollar store bag as a safety. In Afg an ammo crate with the 2 ends kicked out worked too.


          • #6
            OSI is Canadian for PTSD?

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            We pulled our popup in and saw some lights. A lot of tent campers dig cat holes; IMO, that is too primitive with too many blood sucking insects; so the luggable-loo was great.


            • #7
              OSI occupational stress injury , Similar to but not PTSD. Being exposed to operational stress or being involved in a critical incident does not necessarily lead to an operational stress injury (OSI). Not all CF members with common coping behaviours or an “adjustment disorder” necessarily develop an OSI. OSI does not automatically mean Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


              • #8
                Thanks as I'm not at all familiar with OSI. I don't know if the US has it on their disability list.

                According to the VA, there are quite a few types of PTSD. Everything from very scary people to those who remember what they saw or did in their dreams.


                • #9
                  Don't quote me but l think OSI is more recoverable than PTSD, which causes more severe behavior pattern changes.


                  • #10
                    I am pretty sure I have PTSD......from watching my country go down the crapper at an accelerating speed.
                    One day you eat the day the left-over five days you eat chicken feathers, head and feet.


                    • #11
                      The people that are aware of how things are starting to swirl, are also so inclined to say the same. I hear 3 letter agencies are searching DT's residences. Help make 1984 a novel again ,


                      • #12
                        Sourdough, I agree..
                        Others are angry, but keep it to themselves.

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                        Thanks to our open borders, diseases that were totally irradicated are coming back.

                        It's not just TB:
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                        Same as Sonny and Cher's the beat goes on; the list of diseases goes on

                        Originally posted by Armyjimbo View Post
                        Don't quote me but l think OSI is more recoverable than PTSD, which causes more severe behavior pattern changes.
                        I'm in full agreement.

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                        Others dream of what they saw and did.


                        • #13
                          That's me hiding in plain sight. 19 years infantry 3 early rotation tours 2 in early Bosnia ,1 1st tour Afg, remustered to the navy to make a break away from it. Dropped rank/ seniority to do it, did a Persian Gulf tour, then was pulled off my career course and sent back to AFG as a loadmaster. I was so messed when I returned. Eventually the wife walked, etc by then the landmine accident caught up then I was released . Ive made great progress but theres still a hill.
                          My doctors are great at supporting me moving forward.


                          • #14
                            If they believe you're hiding anything; you'll meet a shrink.

                            I did over 2 years as a nature walker and a door gunner on a UH1C. Aviation offered showers and for what it is worth, mess hall food instead of canned cr*p or the so-called wonderous LRRP rations.

                            Today's VA has done well by me. I didn't want anything to do with the VA of the 1970s. I saw things at a VA hospital that disgusted me.

                            It took me years to go back to the VA and it's a lot different now. When I lived close to SC at the wife's insistence, I went back the VA has really changed. They've been really great to me.
                            I have a bunch of issues and the VA has done well with all of them. I'm Agent Orange positive. I'm on a 3 year cycle for a coloscopy. The first found 3 precancerous polyps etc.

                            After I moved to Georgia, a Veteran's advocate advised me to stay with SC's VA. As I'm over 200 miles from WJB-Dorn hospital in Columbia, SC. I drive to the Anderson, SC VA satellite. Any major medical procedures I need, I can get locally from civilian doctors.