13 Prepping Skills To Help You Survive STHF

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In a post-collapse scenario, the skills, occupations, and trades we have today could drastically change. Many jobs nowadays are behind a desk, in a cubicle, or retail sales. A post-collapse scenario would necessitate manual labor, rebuilding, and much greater self-sufficiency.


First Aid: Learning first aid is not only important in an SHTF scenario, but it is also one of the basic skills you need in everyday life. It could save us money today, and it could save our lives if SHTF.

 Fire Starting: If you’ve been interested in emergency preparedness for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about 50 different ways to start a fire. This is because it is one of the necessary skills for any survival situation and something we often take for granted.

Sanitation: Getting sick is the last thing we want to do when things are already bad. Sanitation encompasses more than just dishwashing; it also includes waste removal, trash removal, and personal hygiene.

 Shelter: While none of us intend to bug out, we must be prepared to do so if necessary. Learning how to build a shelter may be something you never need to do, but if you do, you’ll be glad you did.

 Sewing/mending: There will be no Walmart or clothing stores in an SHTF scenario, so if your pants split open, you’ll be on your own. The same can be said for shoes, socks, and coats.

When all other forms of communication fail, knowing skills how to operate a ham radio will make you a very valuable person. It doesn’t matter how old you are to participate in amateur radio. In fact, the older you get, the more you’re likely to know about amateur radio.

 Alternative Energy: If the power grid fails, we’ll need to find other ways to generate electricity. While batteries are fantastic, they do not last indefinitely. Learning about solar and other renewable energy sources could make life a lot easier when the sun goes down or the weather changes.

 Another thing that is taken for granted nowadays is water safety. The majority of people don’t give water much thought because it’s already clean when it comes out of their faucets. Learning about water filtration and safety should be a top priority when it comes to preparedness.

 Food Preservation: While there are numerous options for food storage, we must be prepared when refrigeration is not an option. 

Gardening: Depending on how long a situation lasts, your food storage will eventually deplete. Gardening is a great way to replenish your food storage, but there is a learning curve. Begin practicing right away to learn what works and what doesn’t.

 Learning about hunting and foraging is another way to replenish your food supply. While the availability of various animals and plants will vary depending on your circumstances, this could be useful in an emergency. If you keep animals for food (such as chickens and rabbits), you must also know how to process and breed them.

Self-Defense: Preppers can defend themselves with anything from handguns to their own hands. This is important for everyday life as well as a post-collapse or SHTF situation, regardless of which method(s) you use.

 Cooking from Scratch: Learning to cook from scratch not only expands your food storage options but also prepares you for times when boxed meals and fast food are unavailable. Making bread is one of the simplest ways to learn to cook from scratch and would be useful in an SHTF scenario.

It would be also helpful if your occupation or a hobby intertwines with the skills needed for survival. It is more than useful if you are a mechanic, or an electrician, have military experience, or you are simply a teacher, and sharing knowledge is your occupation. Obtaining skills is necessary for survival, but can also make your everyday life easy. So, work on it, and enjoy the ride. 

Hal Lewis

Hal Lewis and his wife Nancy spend most of their time working on their homestead, from rain water collectors to solar panels and battery stations, they’re doing it all. While they’re not disconnected from the rest of the world, the two of them prepare for come-what-may. Hal has spent twenty years in and out of different jobs that have all helped with homesteading, and to save you time, he’s here to show you everything you need to know to get started. It’s a tough road ahead, but with tips, tricks, and buying advice for materials and prepping necessities, he’s got you covered.

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