30 Reasons Why You Might Be a Crazy Prepper Nut Job

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
30 Reasons Why You Might Be a Crazy Prepper Nut Job

With 100% certainty, I know that I am perceived as one of those “crazy prepper nut jobs”. I laugh at myself as I say this because like the story of the ant and the grasshopper, it is the crazy prepper nut job that is going to prevail following a disruptive event of any magnitude.

I first wrote about this back in December 2011, which, in prepper terms, is eons ago. Back then, preppers were a novelty and were considered extremists. These days, and especially with the release of Ted Koppel’s book, Lights Out, we are suddenly trail blazers and visionaries.

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The Urban Dictionary describes a nut job as “A person of inadequate sanity or lacking normal perceptions of reality”. That is hardly how I would define modern day preppers and yet still, it is a moniker that is sometimes applied to our kind. Why is that?

In the broadest of terms, preppers live and breathe the need to be ready for uncertain times even though the cause of those “uncertain times” could be any of a number of diverse woes. As we talk about growing our own food, washing clothes by hand, grinding wheat into flour, and bartering for goods and services, the grasshopper types get a bit glassy eyed. Or perhaps they just get defensive. Sometimes it is hard to tell.

None of this seems looney-tunes to me, but then again, I am a Prepper.

Now I have to tell you, during my recent cruise vacation, more than one person looked at me quizzically and probably thought that I fit that definition.

Why? I talked about prepping, survival skills, and the need to prepare for uncertain times. I also talked about self-defense and learning to shoot. I talked about growing my own food, bartering for goods and services. And most shocking (to some), I questioned the news as reported by the main stream media and challenged the statistics bantered about by government officials.

This brings me to today’s topic: are you one of those “Crazy Prepper Nut Jobs? Take this little test and see for yourself

The Backdoor Survival “Crazy Prepper Nut Job” Test

1. Do you have a year’s worth of food, water and medical supplies stashed away?

2. Do you think that our planet’s ability to outpace the current population rate is doomed?

3. Do you refuse to get a flu shot because you deem it dangerous and unnecessary?

4. Do you own a firearm for self-defense purposes?

5. Do you have a concealed carry permit?

6. Do you have cash stored away in a personal hidey hole in anticipation of a global banking collapse?

7. Do you read alternate media sources such at Activist Post and Before Its News?

8. Do you think we are on the brink of another Great Depression and when I happens, will not see a recovery for years?

9. Do you think high ranking government officials and politicians are sneaky and egocentric?

10. Do you peruse at least 10 prepping and survival blogs a day?

11. Do you question everything you learned in school about history and so-called modern inventions?

12. Do you have supplies stashed under your bed, under the living room furniture, and in every other spare hidey hole throughout your home?

13. Do you have three dozen different flashlights and lanterns – just in case?

14. Do you know how much toilet paper you need to tidy up your business for a month? Using that calculation, have you stored enough TP to get you by for two years?

15. Do you have 4 different ways to purify water?

16. Do you go camping not for the fun of it but to practice being off grid?

17. Do you stock fish antibiotics so if the SHTF your “fishies” will not get sick?

18. Is your favorite book, William Forstchen’s One Second After?

19. Can you survive three days with the supplies kept in the trunk of your car?

20. Do you make your own soaps, cleaners, and personal products from simple, basic ingredients?

21. Do you have the ability to cook outdoors using only the power and energy of the sun?

22. Do you take periodic field trips to the forest or desert in order to pick up biomass?

23. Do you know four ways to start a fire?

24. Do you have a portable solar panel that can be used to power your eBook reader when the grid is down?

25. Do you have a Ham radio license solely for emergency communication purposes?

26. Do you know what a Faraday cage is?

27. Have you built your own Faraday cage and filled it with electronics?

28. When meeting new people, do you ask them trick questions to determine whether or not they are preppers?

29. Do you believe that Camp FEMA exists and that a visit to that particular “camp” is to be avoided at all costs?

30. Do you hoard (oops, store) unused toiletries, clothing, and other discarded items so that they can be used in a barter economy?


The Final Word

Although this little test is somewhat tongue in cheek, the reality is that prepping is still considered a bit out there. Perhaps no longer extreme, but still unconventional.

That said, many of us (and I am including myself here), have families that just don’t get it. This weighs heavily upon us and, when coupled with the burden of truth and knowledge, can bring sadness into our lives. I do not have a solution other than to say that when friends and family become agitated and defensive when you talk about preparedness, just shrug it off. You can only do what you can do and must learn not to take it personally.

I am sure you will agree with me when I say that preppers are not crazy nut jobs. Call us names if
you like, but prepping and being a prepper is simply being smart. And that, for today, is all I will say about that.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

PS: If you enjoyed this article, you might also enjoy this one that was written last year by my friend and blogging colleague, Daisy Luther.


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Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath: The hallmark book, by award winning journalist Ted Koppel, will hopefully educate the sheeple and motivate them to embrace the message of preparedness. For the rest of us, there is much to learn about the state of preparedness, or lack thereof, at the highest levels of our government. Read more: Prepper Book Festival 10: Lights Out by Ted Koppel.

One Second After: For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared. If you have not read this book, you really should.

Kindle eBook Reader : After resisting for eons, a year ago I broke down and purchased a Kindle and am now browbeating myself for not doing so sooner. Technology has come a long way since purchasing my old Sony eBook reader (which was 3 times the price). With a Kindle you can store your entire survival library with room to spare. My own Kindle is the fantastic Kindle Paperwhite but honestly,you cannot go wrong with any of the current models.

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19 Responses to “30 Reasons Why You Might Be a Crazy Prepper Nut Job”

  1. Check out the following books:

    My Frugal Notebook: Easy Solutions For hard Times This is how to make many things for yourself.
    Disconnected This is an EMP novel.

    These are on Amazon.

  2. My wife consider me a rat pack since I dont throw anything way. I have learn to recycle a lot of things to prevent needless things in the landfill and for emergency uses. Since cost sometimes plays a factor, I purchase one or two items at time or look for free item that can be use for my storage. My wife made a comment that somewhat surprise me, we were watching the news and subject of the terrorism and riots that are occuring to this day. Do we may have enough ammo to protect our home? She somewhat see what I have been preparing for. If nothing happens I glad, no harm no foul. But if the shtf, I wont be left out in the cold looking for the state for immediate help. A little at a time.

  3. Loved the 30 ways. ha ha ha ha
    Loved Daisey Luthers 30 ways. ha ha ha ha

    Its very close to home without even trying. Living in a Mennonite Community is closer to home than I would have ever thought.

  4. Der Gaye,


    And, I guess we are not complete “Prepper nut jobs” … but, since we live in the country we are only stocked for approximately 120 days of urban supplies, but can augment that with wild game and other edibles. But we are working on it!!!

    May you and yours have a wonderful and peaceful season of joy and remember what it is actually all about

    God Bless,

  5. I notice you didn’t add “are you taking an online course in Herbalism”. Well, I’ve been in the medical field for 45 years (I started when I was 3…..HA!)and do energy medicine (so I use Right and Left brains for it.) Thanks for the list. Now I know I am a serious prepper. Also…”Do you give your adult children 30 day lunch and dinner buckets for Christmas!!

  6. I got quite a chuckle. Thanks BTW. Some of those I could answer yes and some no. I’ve been called a prepper. I chuckle at that too. He he he I’ve always thought of myself more as //www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTCsL26vob4, with a bit of a different ending. I’d be bartering that bread for services which I can’t do. lol

  7. Dang, I missed being a prepper nut job on your 30 list (only scored 12), but I made it on Daisey’s list, lol. My own kid thought I was a nut job until she got to L.A. and her fiance’s family has a dedicated cupboard in the garage for all their BOBs for the people as well as the animals. She is now getting in good shape to be able to bug out. All we taught her is now something that not only her parents think is good, but that other adults think is good.

  8. I pass almost every item on the list. Was redundancy mentioned? I am obsessed with redundancy and cacheing. This means I am burying water-proof containers of the same items in several different places.

    The fundamental question I ask myself when assembling a cache box or dry bag is. If this was all you had left on earth, what are the most important items for survival?

    By the way, just as Gaye has her flashlight obsession, mine is wool socks. All of my caches start with wool socks, gloves and hat. Each time I buy wool socks for a cache I like them so much I can’t bear to bury them in the ground. So then I have to buy more wool socks.

  9. I pass the test except for # 20. While I do make my own window cleaner and disinfectant with vinegar/water solution I don’t have a clue as to make soap so I store a bunch of it for future use.

    We also purchase lot’s of baking soda which has to be the most versatile product EVAH! 🙂

    Best, and may G-d bless you and keep you this holiday season!

    Snake Plisken

  10. One additional comment that I’d like to add. My Dad who is a spry 78 YRO man came over to my home to take me to a Christmas lunch on the 23rd and I was showing him the interior trim carpentry that I’ve completed in the last few months. He was impressed but he peeked into my spare bedroom during the tour and expressed surprise at how much food and water that I have on hand and implied that I’m paranoid and a hoarder. At lunch i asked him how much he and his wife had on hand in case of an emergency. He thought about that question for a minute and replied ” about a weeks worth of food ” I then asked him how much food and medicine he had on hand for his itty bitty dog. That floored him. I could hear the gears grinding in his brain. He didn’t say anything in response but I’ll bet you a dollar to a doughnut that he stopped at a big box store for more kibble.

    I don’t really get the ” nothing bad is going to happen ” normalcy bias. There have been times in my life where I have had to delve into my preps becuase I was between jobs and needed to put gasoline in my vehicle to make it to the new job. I see prepping as a bridge to sustaining your self and loved ones.

    Ah well, either way, have joyful and Merry Christmas!


    • A prepper? A person who cares for their family? A paranoid freak? A person who loves their family and close friends? Somebody who wants to sustain themselves until the situation gets better and normalcy once again arrives?

      Your question is shortsighted and rather ambiguous Condi 99. Please do us the favor of clarifying your most idiotic statement that I’ve seen in the last 20 minutes. Seriously, what did you mean with that post.

      Please feel free to engage any one of us if you will!


  11. Yup Sgt.Mom! You win 4 Gold Stars and a big slice of apple pie with ice cream!

    We are not freaks or paranoid. We preppers are following what our Grandparents and Great Grandparents practiced to insulate themselves from rough times where food and resources were scarce.

    As I mentioned before, my dear Dad thinks that nothing will ever happen to disrupt the supply chain of milk, eggs and dairy products. He thinks I’m a country bumpkin hick because we farm ( small scale ), raise chickens and harvest veggies in the wild in season. Ever had a Morrel mushroom sauteed in butter with a little white wine? How about fresh wild asparagus pulled from a ditch on a farmers field?

    We have a large dairy farm 2 miles from where we live so we can barter our produce and chicken eggs and meat for dairy items our families need.

    The bottom line is this: No matter if you live in a urban environment or the suburbs and have the ability to grow some herbs ( Dill, Basil, sage and Thyme) DO IT! If you have the space and time to build raised bed gardens please do it! Mint is also a big plus because it smells sooooo good.

    Well I’m off to clean the chicken poopy from the ” the bus stop ” coop and see if there are any fresh leg eggs. Breakfast awaits!



  12. I love the phrase Crazy Prepper Nut Job, if that is what we are called. I may be the worse. I raised 7 children and I am now 76 years old. I have been reading about the possibility of an EMP, scared the heck out of me. I am some what of a pack rat and I do have a bunch of junk, I am starting to get rid of some stuff. So recently, well back in Sept. 2015 I decided to start canning in case we have a power outage and all my food in the freezer should spoil. I almost cleaned out my freezer but have since almost filled it back up, Oh well it is only a 5.5cu ft. I canned beef, chicken, turkey, ground beef, made veggie soup, chili. canned all sorts of veggies and bought a small camp stove and cans upon cans of fuel. Have maybe a hundred candles, Have been storing water to drink, bottled water, and storing water to flush toilet and clean with. I live in a small apartment and I am running out of space, I think I will take a bunch of stuff to my storage unit. Will have to keep food in the house so it wont freeze. We don’t have much cold weather here where I live but one good very cold night could freeze jars. I have also bought disposable plates and cups, But is this enough? Hope I don’t have to bug out. I do have some first aid supplies but not enough I am sure. I don’t know how to get a supply ahead of my prescriptions. SO call me a Crazy Prepper Nut Job. They say if we have an EMP 9 out of 10 people will die, so maybe I have enough for a while.

  13. Well I got a quite few of them and am working on the rest. DH thinks I’m nuts too. Merry Christmas and have a Very Happy and Healthy New Year

  14. Which approach for a single adult? Buckets of the staples or smaller amounts in labeled, vacuum sealed Mylar bags?

    Buckets are much more cost effective but having all my stored staples open at the same time seems risky. Thinking about measuring out recipe specific amounts of the dry ingredients into bags labeled with the recipes so they are ready to mix with liquids [i.e. Bread, biscuits, naan, pasta, omelet ingredients, oatmeal & dried fruits, meatloaf mix, dehydrated veggies for soups and stews ….]

    Are there any recipe books specifically for dehydrated or freeze dried ingredients that can be used for the prepped bags?

    Trying to decide on the next level of preparedness, now that I have 90 days of canned and freeze dried food put away.

  15. Why would you need a “Ham radio license” or any other “license” for that mater in a major collapse? Who is going to pay any attention? In my world a “license” is a instrument/CONTRACT giving up your God given rights.

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