My view, and it's just an opinion, is that the difference between a prepper and a survivalist is one of scale.
The prepper is mainly preparing for a temporary (or less severe) societal breakdown, while the survivalist is preparing for an all-out Mad Max world that is permanent-- at least for a generation or more.
Thus, I think survivalists focus more on weapons and less on maintaining the niceties of civilization. Depending on the circumstances, that could be exactly the right move.
A person can be both. In fact, you probably should.
At the same time you're stockpiling, plan for what to do once the stockpiles run out. What can you scavenge? What can you make yourself? And how would you deal with roving gangs of thieves and attackers?
I think the chance to have to be a survivalist is less likely than the chance of enjoying the benefits of prepping, but I don't think it is impossible.
So, go do some militia training. Get the most effective weapons you can. Figure out how to make your home into a fortress, including testing and planning some things you simply can't (and shouldn't) do unless society collapses, but that you can study and learn about today. Things like a booby-trapped perimeter. Have a plan, and understand your plan will need to change to fit the situation, so have backup plans.
And never stop prepping.
The slow slide toward collapse is harder on me than a quick implosion would be-- I think (since I've never really experienced an implosion). I hate the waiting.
I'm as ready as I'm probably going to get. The longer this drags on, the more of my preps will need to be refreshed.
My gardening was an utter failure. I will need to rely on the stuff that grows naturally rather than garden foods if the collapse gets to that point this year. I knew that was a possibility because I'm so bad at gardening. So, no real surprise there.
I probably ought to do some work on my bike to get it working better-- but the reason it has problems now is that I did some work on it last year and screwed things up. Doing more work on it might not benefit its functionality the way I hope it would.
I would like to get more firewood. Trees don't grow naturally in this region, so that means buying firewood from those who travel to collect it. I can usually find cheap wood that's not great, but burns. I had an ...
This is a cross-post with my KentForLiberty blog (http://blog.kentforliberty.com/)
As I've said recently, I feel pretty good about the condition of my preps. I've never been better positioned for the S to HTF, even though I don't think my location is ideal since there is no real outdoors (farmland doesn't count) within a couple hundred miles.
But if I had the money there are more things I'd get.
I'd get much more ammo.
I'd get antibiotics packs for everyone in the household from JASE Medical.
I'd get more water containers, sturdy ones, the kind that can stack like bricks as well as a couple of water bobs.
I'd stock up on heritage seeds, even though I'm a terrible gardener.
Even though I believe it's important to reduce dependence on electricity in anticipation of TEOTWAWKI scenarios, I'd still get a solar "generator" and solar panels to charge it.
I'd get a more secure, larger shed, and a sturdy privacy fence around my entire property.
I'd get locking gas caps, and harden my vehicles...
I ran across something I wanted to share with you. You probably already know about it and are laughing at me for being so late to the game. Just in case you don't know, I'll tell you anyway.
I have always stocked dry milk. And I hate it. I can put it in recipes and it's OK, but for anything where you need liquid milk that tastes like milk, it doesn't cut it. Yuck.
However, I recently tried Nido. I had heard about it on another prepper's video and decided to give it a shot.
It is milk, in powder form. It tastes like milk. I've eaten it on cereal, my daughter has drank it, I even let the cats pass judgment. Everyone approves.
The "best by" dates aren't far enough into the future to make me happy-- maybe that can be extended with careful, cool, storage. It's probably a trade-off due to this not being fat-free.
It's not a money-saving thing-- it's going to cost more than fresh milk. But if you don't have a source of milk, or don't have refrigeration, it is a good option to try. At the...