This is an updated ranking of the current best prepper podcasts. Our first rankings were in 2017, and we will continue to update these rankings as podcasts keep producing and as new podcasts emerge on the scene.
Prepper podcasts are a great way to stay informed. The best prepper podcast is the one you feel you can learn the most from. You can listen to podcasts on the go or at home by downloading or streaming. I prefer to stream podcasts on my commute to and from work. It gives me targeted information that I simply could not get from talk radio or the news. For those that are not familiar with podcasts, it is a fancy word for a simple concept. They are pre-recorded radio shows that usually span 30 minutes to an hour.
You can use your computer or smartphone to subscribe to these shows and they will be automatically delivered when the next episode is available, so you can listen whenever you want. This makes them great for entertainment or information on the go. All you need is a podcast player, whether it is an app you download on your smartphone or a stream built into a website like Stitcher.
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What are Prepper Podcasts?
Podcasts may still seem like a new way to stay informed, but they have been around long enough for many podcasts about prepping to have come and gone. Much like blogs, there are pages and pages of podcasts that have come and gone as the producers grew bored or simply moved on from making podcasts. For that reason, we do not include any podcasts that no longer show an intention of running in our rankings. Although old podcasts are not valued any less just because there is no new content, there are plenty of podcasts today that are offering fresh perspectives and purposeful content.
If you are familiar with prepper podcasts, you may notice a few big names missing and that is not a mistake. Bland content and having almost as much ad time as podcast time will not land you in the rankings. With that out of the way, let’s get to the countdown:
10. Modern Outdoor Survival Podcast
Featuring Richard Prideaux
4.5 stars with 11 ratings on iTunes
47 episodes available
Previous ranking = N/A
Richard pilots this relatively new production expertly. This is a podcast that knows its place and delivers on its promise to go beyond the ‘Instagram tips’ as it delves into wilderness survival. The guests, the survival principles, and the gear explanations are always on point.
You can look for a new show every 10-15 days and they span 45 minutes to an hour and a half. With the focus of the episode in the title, it’s easy to pick and choose to make it worth checking out and considering a subscription.
9. Practical Prepping Podcast
Featuring Mark & Krista Lawley
4.6 stars with 64 ratings on iTunes
122 episodes available
Previous ranking = 9
Mark and Krista have churned out a little over 120 episodes in about a year since they started in late 2020. They hang their hats on non-apocalyptic prepping, which is always refreshing to find since you know you won’t be getting over-the-top fearmongering.
They have a straightforward, informational style and produce a pretty good show. The episodes run about 20-30 minutes and are live a few times a week. Check them out if you are looking for a new podcast.
8. Fieldcraft Survival Podcast
Featuring Mike Glover
4.9 stars with 3500 ratings on iTunes
337 episodes available
Previous ranking = N/A
We approach retail and survival school podcasts with skepticism since most of the time you’ll find that they keep most of the good information and discussions behind a paywall. Fieldcraft Survival has proven to be a breath of fresh air, however. They may not go into depth on things you may find in their course content, but they do continuously bring interesting topics and personalities on to interview with surprisingly few ads.
The episodes run between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours and are released pretty much weekly. They reach into a wide array of topics, from bushcraft to politics so you may pick and choose your episodes based on the topic due to their length. Anyways, this podcast is worth subscribing to.
7. Canadian Prepper Podcast
Featuring Eric, Ian & Alan
4.8 stars with 86 ratings on iTunes
190 episodes available
Previous ranking = 6
Not to be confused with Nate Polson of YouTube’s “Canadian Prepper” fame, this trio also has plenty of experience to share. Alan, Ian, and Eric bring different perspectives to each episode. They put an episode out once a week and they tend to last anywhere from 50 minutes to well over two hours, so they are thorough on each topic.
If you are Canadian, you are pretty much obligated to subscribe to them.
6. Survival & Basic Badassery Podcast
Featuring Aaron, Jonathan, and Jason
4.4 stars with 199 ratings on iTunes
382 episodes available
Previous ranking = 5
A trio of “pretty normal” young guys that each bring a unique perspective to the topics they cover. They focus on urban survival topics about once a week for 30 minutes to an hour. The podcast is well-produced and fun to listen to and has even been featured on iTunes. They send out a new podcast at least once a week, so there is plenty of content.
5. The Survival Show
Featuring David Roberts & Craig Caudill
4.8 stars with 276 ratings on iTunes
218 episodes available
Previous ranking = 10
A solid urban and wilderness survival-focused podcast run by experts Craig Caudill and David Roberts since 2018. There are very few forays into politics here and they put on an entertaining and informational show about once a week. Most episodes are under 15 minutes, but a few of the more involved topics run past 90 minutes.
Craig has written a handful of wilderness survival books and runs the Nature Reliance School. David founded Ultimate Survival Tips and has a few inventions under his belt. This pair of bonafide pros expand on survival topics well past the basics you can find in a book and are worth a listen.
4. The Survivalist Prepper Podcast
Featuring Dale Goodwin
4.3 stars with 617 ratings on iTunes
40 episodes available
Previous ranking = 4
Dale covers the more likely scenarios as well as the TEOTWAWKI ones. The result is a well-rounded podcast that stays grounded in reason. Broadcasting once a week since 2015, he has quite a few episodes under his belt that don’t wander off into ‘tin hat’ territory. Dale gives a new podcast about once a week.
3. The Ready Your Future Podcast
Featuring Todd Sepulveda
4.6 stars with 351 ratings on iTunes
831 episodes available
Previous ranking = 3
What started as the The Prepper Website Podcast in 2017 when we first reviewed is now rebranded as The Ready Your Future podcast. Todd has been a staple of the prepping community for decades now with his suite of websites led by Prepper Website. He leaned into this podcasting ‘project’ and it really shows with a quality body of work these few years later. Todd has a great eye for curating the best content on the web, and that is what he does on this podcast.
This podcast cuts through the noise, and you get the important articles you don’t want to miss five days a week in audio format. I have had this show on my work commute for years now and enjoy the even-handed tone and informative content. Check it out and consider subscribing if you want all of the newest prepping information on the web brought to you daily.
2. The Survival Podcast
Featuring Jack Spirko
4.6 stars with 1.6K ratings on iTunes
400 episodes available
Previous ranking = 2
The Survival Podcast is still the quintessential podcast on prepping, urban survival, and wilderness survival. You don’t have to take our word for it either; he has a ton of episodes, a slew of rave reviews, and a huge base of subscribers.
If you haven’t checked out Jack’s podcast, you need to try it out at least once to see why it sits at the top of the downloads list. He keeps a variety of guests rotating through and covers a very broad range, so the podcast never seems to get stale no matter how many episodes he cranks out. Jack delivers a new show every weekday, so the content adds up quickly.
1. The Casual Preppers Podcast
Featuring Coby Coonradt & Cam Hardy
4.6 stars with 737 ratings on iTunes
150 episodes available
Previous ranking = 1
These guys were a new-ish podcast when they showed up in our top 10 back in 2017, but they have blown up since then. Coby and Cam have honed their banter into a well-oiled prepping information machine, but don’t take themselves too seriously. When you listen to the show, we can promise you that you will not be bored.
They have always been down-to-earth and interesting guys and are doing a fantastic job of making prepping accessible and keeping existing preppers engaged. We’re convinced that prepping advice is best served by two guys that commit to staying survived.
If you haven’t tried this podcast, this is the one to try on this list. They also have a solid following on YouTube, and even put out feature-length films occasionally:
Retired Prepper Podcasts
There are plenty of great podcasts that are no longer producing content but are worth a listen. These include:
- In the Rabbit Hole Survival – iTunes – Android – Stitcher – 199 episodes available – Highest ranking while live = 3
- Today’s Survival Show – Android – Stitcher – 99 episodes available – Highest ranking while live = 4
- The Prepper Podcast – iTunes – Stitcher – 10 episodes available – Highest ranking while live = 6
- Rational Survivor Podcast – Stitcher – 8 episodes available – Highest ranking while live = 7
- The Prepper Website Podcast – Not a dead podcast, it simply changed its name to The Ready Your Future Podcast
- The Survival Punk Podcast – iTunes – 20 episodes available – Never ranked
- The Apocalypse Survival Guide – iTunes – 30 episodes available – Never ranked
Honorable Mention Podcasts
These podcasts were reviewed and have good content, but did not have the body of work to stack up against our top 10. Still, they may be a good option for you if you are looking for fresh content on survival and prepping.
- Prepping 2.0 Podcast – iTunes – Spotify – 100 episodes available – Highest ranking = 7
- The Practical Prepper Podcast – iTunes – Spotify – 55 episodes available – Highest ranking = 8
- The Bonzai Prepping Podcast – Spotify – 27 episodes available – Never ranked
- The Big One / The Big Burn – iTunes – 21 episodes available – Never ranked
The Final Word
Prepper podcasts can give you the information you need to have an edge if SHTF. There is plenty of knowledge out there, and podcasts make it easier to borrow some of it while you are on the go. There is a wide range of topics and personalities just inside the prepping community. If you are looking for other mediums to explore prepping and survival topics, check out these rankings and roundups:
- The 20 Best Prepper YouTube Channels
- 50 Survival Movies Preppers Should Watch
- 21 Prepper TV Shows Worth Watching
- 10 Off-Grid TV Shows Worth Watching
If you have any favorite podcasts that we may have missed or chose not to rank, weigh in below in the comment section. We’ll always take the time to review it before our next roundup and see where it stacks up.
Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.
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