Top Ten Skills For Preppers
What exactly are preppers? Preppers are basically survivalists; the difference is that they value different things and skills, though often fear the same problems. Preppers plan for the worst and hope for the best, looking at big-picture things such as natural disasters, while survivalists focus more on lone wolf in the wilderness kind of scenarios.
In prepping, there are two skills necessary: general skills are the broader skills needed to perform specific skills, and specific skills are things that only you or a handful of people can do well.
In any survival situation, it is important to assess what your situation is. Someone in an urban apartment will have different priorities and values from someone in a country home, which will reflect in the skills needed to survive in that certain situation.
- Organization – this is a general skill and is the primary skill needed in prepping. It permeates a lot of levels and will determine how successful your prepping will be; this includes sitting down and making lists of what you need, where you’ll put your stuff, how accessible they will be, knowing where everything is and so on.
- Frugality – being frugal with your money and resources is a basic tenet of prepping, because you’ll need to buy things you need early on when prepping, so you can be sure you can live comfortably and survive with the right things and not have to go panic-buying.
- Risk Assessment – being able to sit down and assess what your risks are is determining where you should start in prepping. Ask yourself what your highest factors are: disasters, unemployment, and so on, so you can identify what you need to address these things.
- First Aid – a main specific skill is knowing how to conduct first aid, because this will save lives. Get certified in CPR, take a first aid course with local organizations so that you’ll always be prepared in case of emergency.
- Cooking – know how to cook for yourself because you will not always be able to rely on anyone else to do so. Take basic cooking classes if you have to, but you should at least know more than how to boil water.
- Gardening – basic gardening skills are necessary because knowing how to grow your own food will come in very useful, especially when it gets to the point that food supplies become scarce. Know what edible plants work well in your area, keep seeds around and be prepared to plant.
- Food Preservation & Storage – know how to properly store food to avoid them from going to waste and to get the most out of their shelf lives. Also, a basic understanding of basic food prep techniques like smoking, canning, pickling and so on, will come in really handy, especially when combined with gardening.
- Basic Construction & Home Maintenance – learning how to put together structures or at least understanding how they stand is important. Know the basics and start simple, like how to use a hammer and nails, because creating some form of shelter is very important in survival situations. Be as self-sufficient as you can in home maintenance to teach yourself, because these skills will come in very handy.
- Communications – radio communications are important, because information is powerful. You should know what is going on, tell others what is going on with you and monitor things. Have some sort of simple radio set up, preferably something that does not require electricity.
- Interpersonal Skills – this separates survivalists form preppers. Being able to socialize, delegate, lead, persuade, bring up morale, barter, sell or buy – these are all social skills that people need to have to be able to work together well.