What Basic Skills Do You Have?
This morning I was doing an inventory of my supplies. I wonder how many of us are really prepared? Do we all have the necessary basic skills to survive once our supplies run out? Here are what I feel are the top 7
The Top 7 Basic Skills Preppers Need
1 First Aid:
First Aid is probably the one most important skill any of us could have. Knowing basic wound care, suturing , CPR and even knowledge of herbal home remedies can save lives.
You have many choices when it comes to defence weapons. Stun guns, pepper spray, knife or a firearm get to know your weapon of choice. It’s important that you know your weapon and practice with it. It could be a matter of life and death.
3 Fire Building:
A fire provides, light, warmth and a means to cook your food. How do you build a fire? check out this video. How to make a fire
Finding and building shelter was one of those skills I learned at an early age. When I was 12 years old I went on a camping trip with my family I got lost. I spent a night out in the forest lucky for me it was July the nights didn’t get that cold. I found a hollowed out log to spend the night in that was when I started learning survival skills. Think of it like this anything that protects you from the elements as shelter including the clothes you wear.
If you plan to stay in one spot you may want to consider something more permanent. A good resource is
Knowing how to grow your own food is important when food supply begins to run low. Fruits and vegetables from the garden can make your food stores last longer. Fresh vegetables, fruits, berries, and herbs can make a big difference when you have been eating canned or freeze dried foods for a while.
If you have a green thumb your ahead of the game if not learn more about growing your own garden. Is there a Master gardener program in your community? A friend who gardens can give you advice or maybe find a local farm where you can intern.
One can live without luxuries and modern day innovations but survival without food intake is not possible. Learning to find edible plants can be a challenge. Not all plants are safe to eat and consume, hence without proper knowledge choosing some plant will be a risky deed. Many community colleges offer classes on locating and identifying edible wild plants.
7 Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing:
If you’re not raising your own meat you will need to hunt, trap or fish. These are skills that are best learned by doing if you don’t hunt or fish find a friend who does ask them to teach you the basics. Learn to make snares catch small game like rabbit or squirrel. Large game like deer is best taken with firearms or bow and arrow.
Fish are easier all it takes is a line, hook, and bait worms, grubs, grasshoppers. I have even used a piece of bright yarn tied to my hook to catch fish.
Ther are probably a hundred more skills we have not even touched on in this post.
Like These Basic Skills:
- Navigation and map and compass reading
- Water purification
- Physical fitness
- seed harvesting
- Raising livestock
- How to use non-power tools
So you see there is a lot to learn to be a prepper/survivalist it is more than just stocking food and survival gear. You also need to learn how to use that gear and make the food go further.