The 9 Types Of Survivalists – Which Are You?

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It’s crazy to think that Rottweilers and Poodles are in the same family of animals. Or for that matter, Great Danes and Toy Chihuahuas. They are as different as they come. One is 200 pounds, the other is 2.

In much the same way, have you ever realized how many different breeds of people fall under the “survival” umbrella (this is the smooth transition to topic)? In case you haven’t, there are tons. And each type of “survivalist” is unique in their own weird ways. Recently, I’ve been reminded again, of just how funny it actually is. Walk with me:

food storage mom 150x150 The 9 Types Of Survivalists  Which Are You?Food Storage Moms – these are the sweet middle aged moms who equate the idea of survival with having a basement full of canned foods (some of which they probably canned themselves). Probably also soccer moms. They know the importance of stocking those cupboards full!


apocalyptists1 150x150 The 9 Types Of Survivalists  Which Are You?Apocalyptists – swear that someday soon just about everybody is going to be torched in a giant nuclear explosion, drowned in a flood, frozen to death in another ice age, or abducted by aliens. These guys are the converts of Independence day, I Am Legend, and all the other wonderful Hollywood portrayals.


tactical hoo rah1 150x150 The 9 Types Of Survivalists  Which Are You?Tactical Hoo-Rahs – these are the guys that treat everything like it’s the battlefield. They borrow all the acronyms, abbreviations and terminology from their military days. These guys are all about stockpiling firepower, blowing things up, and beating the bad guys.


primitive skills 150x150 The 9 Types Of Survivalists  Which Are You?

Primitive Skills – the hippies of the group. These are the folks that farmers markets are made of. They love to make their own clothes, build their own homes, grow their own food, and in all other possible ways be “at one” with our mother earth. These guys often have learned a tremendous amount about living off the land.


camping nut1 150x150 The 9 Types Of Survivalists  Which Are You?Camping & Hunting NutsLOVE spending time in the outdoors. They can’t get enough of hunting, tracking, animal calls, hiding in bushes, and analyzing poop. They like the adventure of making do and doing without, so they do it for fun. To these guys, the concept of “survival” is being alone in the wilderness.


paramedics 150x150 The 9 Types Of Survivalists  Which Are You?Medical Mavens – pride themselves on being able to perform CPR, first aid, emergency surgeries, treat and dress wounds, triage the victims of mass destruction, and anything else medical. To them, the apex of “survival” is being able to put people back together.


right wing extremists 150x150 The 9 Types Of Survivalists  Which Are You?Right Wing Extremists – swear that the government is slowly taking away our freedoms, and that people are being led down the path of “following the system” without questioning. Everything is a conspiracy, nothing should be trusted–especially if it’s the Feds. The less government there is, the better.


boy scout The 9 Types Of Survivalists  Which Are You?Boy Scouts – are a close relative of the camping/hunting nuts. Their brand of survival is also largely “wilderness survival.” They become more “prepared” by passing off merit badges dealing with the safe and proper way of: building a fire, using a knife, making camp, disposing of waste (paper and otherwise), splitting wood, navigating by map, and more.


doomsday economists1 The 9 Types Of Survivalists  Which Are You?Doomsday Economists – these guys prophesy of the times when paper money will be completely worthless, and burnt to keep warm. They put their faith in stockpiling raw goods and precious metals. They invest in foreign markets, and keep their wealth spread around, so that it can’t be lost all at once.


I’m sure there are more, but this is just a small cross-section of some of the more prominent survival subsets that I’ve noticed. I’ve had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with people from all groups, via Twitter, Facebook, blog posts, and in face to face conversations.

It’s eye opening because it really does illustrate how different people choose to deal with problems (or potential problems). And  it’s comical. It could easily be a t-shirt.

Am I A Rottweiler, Poodle, or Mutt?

The more I rub shoulders with different mindsets, the more I realize that I borrow from them all. But that’s such a safe answer. Everybody would say that crap. To make myself be more specific, I would say I’m a mutt of roughly:

  • 2 parts Right Wing Extremist–I love the idea of opportunity and I hate the idea of homogeneity, and I think our founding fathers would roll over in their graves if they had any idea that nation they raised had flip-flopped.
  • 1 part Camping Nut–Nothing is more fun, relaxing and just plain liberating to me than being outdoors, and away from the bustle. Although I’m really not much of a hunter or gamesman, it’s just fun to step into the natural world.
  • 1 part Primitive Skills–Tame the land. Learning to use all my natural surroundings for a purpose has always struck a chord within me. Some of my most prized possessions are homemade. High on quality, high on satisfaction, low on cost.

But I’m constantly learning and evolving. We all are. Next year I could largely be a “food storage mom” maybe, who knows? But no matter what brand of survival we are or may call ourselves, it’s important to realize that there truly are practical and absurd things about each.

You can’t save a kids life with CPR if all you’ve been doing is collecting guns and blowing stuff up. And by the same token, you can have the Merck medical book memorized and still starve to death without a little food storage. Rather, learn from them all, realize the limitations and craziness inherent to each, and contribute where you can. To sum it up–be real about the journey you are on. Because after all, it will be real soon enough some day.

Source: The Daily Prep


  1. mason597

    October 1, 2013 at 12:05 am

    just about everything mostly hunting nut right wing primitive skils apocalyptionist and doomsday economists.

  2. Nikki Boyce

    October 14, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Big chunk of food storage mom, with some Medical Maven (retired RN), and well, not quite “right wing” but Libertarian extremist.

  3. Justin

    October 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    If I’m limited to total score of four then:

    1 part Apocalypse
    2 part Tactical Hoo-Rah (can I get Amen brother?)
    1 part Boy Scout

    100% American and pissed off!!

    • prepperjournal

      October 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      I’m right there with you. I need a couple more categories myself.

  4. ilovechristmas

    October 24, 2013 at 5:11 am

    I too am a mutt. I’m a tactical-hoorah combined with primitive skills and medical mavens

  5. ciigeqa22

    November 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm

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  6. Shelly Steinmetz

    December 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Primitive Skills and Tatical Hoo-Rahs. I can def live off the land, hunting, gathering, growing foods and making things (it may not look too pretty tho, haha) But I also have quite a stockpile of weapons and body armor 🙂

    • Pat Henry

      December 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks Shelly!

      Body Armor? That is great. Most people don’t even consider that as part of their preps.


  7. Kwil1390

    January 28, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Well the real tactical Hooahs and Oo-rahs (I.E. people who were/are in the military especially in a line unit) are automatically a mixed bag as far as skills though maybe not on emphasis. I think you need another term to add which I would call an Adapter: someone who recognizes the need to adapt to whatever situation does present itself. Maybe Tactician. When it comes to worst case scenario/SHTF situations, there are certainly enough different likely or slightly plausible ones that being able to broadly prepare and then adapt resources and plans to fit the need that of all resources knowledge truly is the most important. So maybe Knowledgist?

  8. Ron Bach

    March 18, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    hmm… well Im definitly boy scout. I earned my Eagle Scout award in 2005. Im also part right wing extremist and tactical hoo-rah.

    2 – Boy Scout
    1 – Right Wing Extremist
    1 – Tactical Hoo-Rah

  9. a

    October 11, 2014 at 2:49 am

    so why do we have to be Right Wing Extremist???????? cant we just say that we are part of the 67% who thinks obama sucks?????????????? and with russian bomber doing nuke runs 16 times last month, maybe being an Apocalyptists, isnt that much of a streach! and Tactical Hoo-Rahs, are just plain stupid! come after me and my stuff and ill teach you a thing or too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the Primitive Skills – the hippies of the group, like knives, bows, spears, traps, and hunting rifels! so never think these guys are easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the Food Storage Moms, being such nice ladys usualy have a big mouth and tell everybody what they have and will most likely get there ass shot off and their shit taken!!! the hunting and camping nuts will all head out to the woods and wait till they run out of food, then they will turn into the kind of people who only have guns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the Medical Mavens, will head right into danger and get wacked just like any other do gooder!!!!!!!!! the Boy Scouts better have a merit badge in how to kick ass other wise they are not going to go very far either! and iv left the Doomsday Economists for last cause ya know, you cant eat that coin collection. so he had better have gotten him self some hard goods, like food, water and a gun! guns will be a must, but they will only be needed for a short time! then all of the yahoo’s who dont know how to do anything will all be out of luck. cause if all you know how to do is shoot people you will be shown the door. the person who can grow a tomatoe will be of far more use than a hundred gun nuts!!!!!!!!!! so if you only fall into only 1 or 2 of these classes of people, you will starve to death when you are not needed to shoot people any more! so as for me i am a jack of all trades!!!!!!!!!!! i can shoot you in the eye at 2oo yards, and i can grow food, and i can use a hammer! and that’s only a couple of the hundreds of things i can do! so never stop learning, when you think you know enough, your screwed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Alex Brideau III

    January 29, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I’m probably a hybrid of:
    > Food Storage [Dad]
    > Primitive Skills
    > Camping Nut
    > [Girl] Scouts (raising a Brownie to love camping!)

    If I were to add my own category, I’d add “Practical Camper/Prepper”; this being a category that refers to one who stockpiles/stores items that can easily be dual-purposed for fun camping as well as for survival. (e.g. We rotate/refresh our food supplies by using the older items as camping food before they expire. All new purchases get stored away for later rotation. I’m not a hardcore prepper, so this may just be novice stuff.) 🙂

    • Pat Henry

      February 3, 2016 at 7:45 am

      I think most readers would not consider themselves “hard core” Alex but that isn’t necessary in my opinion. Rambo has it’s place, but the average family only needs to focus on simple, commonsense items for survival. Taking that into consideration is well over half the battle.

  13. mturner7878

    February 3, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Im a bit of an ugly duck here. I love the nature, the gear, the prep, the mind set. However, i dont prep for the end of the world. I prep and share it proudly and help others where i can to improve their situation. It doesn’t always leave me in the best situation but the flames of the forge makes the metal stronger.

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