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What is 'prepping'?

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customercare Mon 09-Nov-15 17:34:44

I've never heard this term before but there are several threads on mumsnet

redcaryellowcar Mon 09-Nov-15 17:36:07

I wanted to ask the same question, I think from my initial reading (on mumsnet) it's a new way of describing what my grandma does at the first signs of snow (she lives in a valley and they used to get snowed in a lot!)

honeysucklejasmine Mon 09-Nov-15 17:37:32

Taking in masses of food, water and medicines so you are able to live out a few months should society collapse or the apocalypse happen.

TimeToMuskUp Mon 09-Nov-15 17:40:20

Should society collapse you will find me wearing a tiara sat next to the drinks cabinet having drunk everything within, including the 15 year old chambord crap that nobody likes.

Not eating tinned peaches in a sad, dank bunker.

BastardGoDarkly Mon 09-Nov-15 17:41:45

I'm coming to yours for the apocalypse Time grin

SilverOldie2 Mon 09-Nov-15 17:46:31

I'm set. I had a supermarket delivery today, got my Pol Roger (10 pounds off) for Christmas Day and a bottle of my favourite Glenmorangie Malt (once a year treat), so if the Apocalypse comes I will drink it all and die from alcohol poisoning - better than the zombies getting me.

TimeToMuskUp Mon 09-Nov-15 17:51:50

With a username like yours Bastard you're absolutely welcome. So long as you bring some of that lovely fluorescent blue shite they put into cocktails at questionable establishments. Not had that for years.

BastardGoDarkly Mon 09-Nov-15 17:57:57

Ahhhh, caracao, yep, can do. Are we preppers now then?!

TimeToMuskUp Mon 09-Nov-15 18:02:16

Fuckit, we've been seduced by the prepping nonsense. I'll make us badges. Just been reading through the preppers thread (the super long one) and I agree entirely with whoever said "If Ocado stopped delivering I'd lie down in the road and die". Everything else is madness; I tried prepping for DS1's birthday in October. The idiot DH ate all the lovely crap supplies I'd stockpiled.

howtorebuild Mon 09-Nov-15 18:03:35

Food etc for say a banking it glitch, power cut, illness etc.

CassieBearRawr Mon 09-Nov-15 18:07:53

Prepping = preparing. At the milder end you're keeping a fully stocked cupboard and supplies like toilet toll, torches, candles, first aid etc in case of illness, bank problems, floods, snow, other weather issues, etc that stop you being able to go out/buy products. At the other end you're stockpiling in case of war, societal collapse, zombies, etc.

TimeToMuskUp Mon 09-Nov-15 18:12:31

In all seriousness though, I don't consider myself a 'prepper' at all (and have just poked a bit of fun at them) but I always have a week's worth of food and water in the cupboard/fridge. I think it's a control thing; I have an inherent fear of not being in control (well, I'm not in control of the DCs, but of everything else). I don't stockpile and I don't have a 'go' bag. But yeah, I have enough to see us through a freak snowstorm at any time of year, just because it's sensible.

SurlyCue Mon 09-Nov-15 18:12:41

"Hmm, i want to know what prepping is. I wonder where i could ask. I know, i'll avoid the prepping board that many posters have hidden due to being sick sore and tired of seeing the word prepping and i'll ask in AIBU even though it isnt an AIBU."

YABU. For not posting on the prepping board.

Topseyt Mon 09-Nov-15 18:12:53

I've noticed a couple of the threads.

We recently had a large box (something like 12 or 15 bottles) of red win delivered from Laithwaites. That should be us sorted then.

Or should it be my contribution to Time's Apocalypse Party. winkgrin We can all turn up with something.

PaulAnkaTheDog Mon 09-Nov-15 18:16:22

SurlyCue Perhaps the OP didn't know where to begin to find the prepping board. I didn't and some kind person helpfully linked me to the board of lunacy preppers.

SurlyCue Mon 09-Nov-15 18:19:55

SurlyCue Perhaps the OP didn't know where to begin to find the prepping board.


I've never heard this term before but there are several threads on mumsnet

So where is s/he seeing all those threads? confused

PaulAnkaTheDog Mon 09-Nov-15 18:22:30



Like I said, I didn't know where to find it until someone linked me to it.

As for where is she seeing the threads? Ummmmmm, on the front page of AIBU for the past few weeks!

swisscheesetony Mon 09-Nov-15 18:24:49

OMG - you drinking tiara-wearing party goers are so like totally missing the point! See "American blackout" - but basically the yuppie couple decide to weather it out by tucking into the caviar and champagne, but oh the humanity. The power is off so the champagne is luke warm. <clutches pearls>

SurlyCue Mon 09-Nov-15 18:26:16

Really? Ive seen two in AIBU. And a gazillion in the prepping board before i hid it.

howtorebuild Mon 09-Nov-15 18:26:11

What's with all the mental health comments?

PaulAnkaTheDog Mon 09-Nov-15 18:27:33

Well considering I didn't even know about a prepping board until a couple of days ago, I'd say yes really.

BastardGoDarkly Mon 09-Nov-15 18:56:19

What mental health comments? confused

Topseyt Mon 09-Nov-15 19:00:07

Popcorn anyone?

The corn keeps well in the pack before opening. Easy to cook too. Ideal for preppers, I should think.

Popcorn and red wine. Mmmmm.

AuntBess Mon 09-Nov-15 20:08:12

Since when was prepping ever to do with preparing for the end of the world/zombies? I thought I was just for natural disasters at the most? blush

LineyReborn Mon 09-Nov-15 20:12:29

It's keeping candles for power cuts, some tinned food and milk for being snowed in.

It's hardly 'lunacy'.

Some people have disabilities that would make it hard to go out in bad weather, or queue for long times, or cope in the dark and cold.

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