Skills to learn

You already know that you should have basic survival skills such as how to build a fire, how to hunt or gather for food, how to build a shelter. This article is more about developing other useful skills that will make you far more valuable within your group, or more knowledgeable in general. In today’s modern age, you can learn most anything from the web. Never be afraid to try something new, or step out to learn more skills ahead of time.

In the event of a catastrophe, some rebuild and repairs will be needed to get systems functional again. Here is a short collection of skills you may want to think about adding to your tool bag.

  • Know your equipment load
  • Know your equipment in the dark
  • Basic primitive skills
  • Basic gathering
  • Basic carpentry
  • Basic electrical work
  • Basic plumbing
  • Basic auto mechanics
  • Basic gardening
  • Basic seed collection / storage
  • Basic water collection / filtration
  • Basic sewing
  • Basic astronomy
  • Basic / Advanced first aid
  • Medicinal herbs
  • Basic environment awareness
  • Basic land navigation (map and compass)
  • Basic cover and concealment
  • Basic brewing / distilling
  • Basic tracking
  • Basic reloading
  • Basic self defense
  • Basic machine operation
  • Moving with a group / Hand signals
  • Offensive driving techniques
  • Defensive driving techniques
  • Concealed carry identification
  • Use of alternate weapons
  • Sound identification in the dark
  • How to build and use Primitive weapons

Other skills that I have found quickly to learn, but challenging to master.

  • Shooting firearms using your non dominant eye
  • Shooting rifles / shotguns from your off or weak side
  • Shooting pistols with your off or weak hand or single handed either side
  • Reloading rifle / shotgun / pistol rounds with one hand

Like all skills, they diminish over time of little use, so you should try to use them or work at them as often as you can. The more you practice, the better you’ll get, and the more fluent these skill become.

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