What Kind of Prepper Are You? 3 Major Types

When it comes to being prepared for emergencies, when the SHTF or even a full-on apocalypse, two topics take center stage. Skills or knowledge and gear. I think that it is safe to assume that discussions about gear are usually number one. The popularity of these two topics is certainly understandable as they are quite important to survival situations. 


However, there is one topic that is rarely brought up that I believe can have just as much of an impact on whether or not you survive. You also have to ask yourself if you want to just survive, or live. But that may a discussion for another article. 

The topic in question is what kind of prepper are you? Some may be saying, “I thought there was only one kind.” For those people, I am glad you are here because in my experience I have run into multiple kinds of preppers. But for the sake of this article, there are primarily three I will be discussing. Before I get into the three types…

Why Should I Care?

I have heard this question quite often in the past when this topic has been brought up and it is a completely normal question. I mean why should it matter? Just get supplies and be ready for that unnamed disaster to happen on some future date, right? This last question is where I have the problem which I will get into later on. But to quickly answer this question, you should care because determining what kind of prepper you are will determine how you prepare before a disaster and what kind of person you will be during and after. 

3 Major Types of Preppers

As I hinted earlier in the article there several different types of preppers but my main focus is on the three personality types that I have seen most often. Those three types are the “Lone Wolf,” “Community Prepper,” and the “Hyper Focused Prepper.”These three types are just like they sound like but it is worth trying to understand them a little bit more. I am going to go ahead and work through these three personality types, starting with the lone wolf. 

Lone Wolf

A person who takes on the lone wolf role believes that they can do it all. They do not need anyone else and only depend on themselves for their survival. Now there is an important difference that needs to be made here.

The lone wolf is different from someone being stranded in a survival situation. One person is being forced to survive on their own while the other is choosing to survive on their own. 

Generally speaking, the lone wolf approach shuts out the rest of the world. They gather their supplies, get prepared, and when the SHTF they close the hatches. The end goal for the lone wolf is their survival and that is that. An interesting side note to remember is that a wolf is a pack animal.


  • Being responsible for one individual means less water, food, and gear.
  • Plans and tasks can be completed your way
  • Moving stealthily is easier with one person


  • Anything that needs to be accomplished rests solely on your shoulders.
  • Becoming sick or injured becomes exponentially more dangerous when you are alone. Even simple tasks such as acquiring water and food could prove extremely difficult.
  • It is near impossible to provide around the clock security.
  • Human beings are social creatures by nature. Isolation will eventually take a mental, emotional, and spiritual toll. 

Community Prepper

This approach is the complete opposite of the lone wolf. A person who takes on this role is more interested in recognizing the problems brought on by a disaster, finding solutions, and rebuilding after an event, rather than shutting the world out. 

This means that someone who preps like this is willing to share supplies, skills, knowledge, and time. They reach out to family, friends, and community members to develop a network of like-minded people who will come together when disaster strikes. However, this does not mean they are willing to be a full-fledged charity with open doors. 

Check out my article on how to find preppers in your area if you are of the community prepper mindset.


  • Creates a healthy mindset approach to prepping by developing community relationships, sharing knowledge, and realizing the worth of people working together to a positive end. 


  • If operational security is not maintained, you can unintentionally make yourself a target

Hyper Focused Prepper

bug out campsite

The person who takes on this role lives to be a prepper and not much else. They are one hundred percent focused on gear, supplies, and preparations. They are very aware of what is going on in the world by constantly watching the news, stock markets, weather patterns, space events, and all other information that is pertinent. 


  • By being so utterly prepared this individual will surely have a good head start in the event of a disaster and will likely be well off. 


  • The biggest drawback of this approach is how it affects life before a disaster ever happens. By being so focused on preparations for something that has notyet happened, it is easy to forget to live life as it is happening. 

My Experience as a Prepper

I thought I would briefly share my experience as I have personally gone through all three of these stages.

Maybe it’s a youth thing or an empowering train of thought to think that you can take care of everything all of the time but I started with the mindset of both the lone wolf and the hyper-focused prepper. Actually, let me back up a bit. 

I briefly started out with the community mindset. At the time my major roadblock was getting others on board. Back then it was more common to run into people that thought talking about preparedness in this form was…silly. I allowed my frustrations with the lack of progress take over and I quickly became the lone wolf and hyper-focused in my preparations.

The problem, as I stated earlier, was that this route can take away from other aspects of life and skew your perceptions of others. It wasn’t until I was fortunate enough to meet other like-minded people that I realized the community approach was truly the way to go. These were level headed, skillful people that were not interested in the fantasy fad of prepping. Instead, they wanted to share knowledge because they knew that systems could fail and the responsibility of survival is but our own. 

Final Thought

Please realize that I am not telling you how to be, you have to do you. I am simply sharing my thoughts on my life experiences as it relates to preparing for bad times. If there is one take away from this article, I hope that it is this. There is not much meaning in spending an entire life merely surviving, one must remember to live

What kind of prepper are you? Leave a comment below.

Written by Bryan Lynch

Bryan grew up in the Midwest and spent every waking moment outdoors. Learning how to hunt, fish, read the land, and be self-reliant was part of everyday life. Eventually, he combined his passions for the outdoors, emergency preparedness, and writing. His goal was to spread positive information about this field. In 2019, Bryan authored the book Swiss Army Knife Camping and Outdoor Survival Guide. His second book, Paracord Projects For Camping and Outdoor Survival, is scheduled to be released on March 2, 2021. Read more of Bryan's articles.