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Developing your survival skills and adding prepper hobbies

Knowledge is your passport to survival. Your skills are your wealth. Take an
assessment now. Do you have basic survival skills? Skills might include fire-building,
edible plant identification, navigation with a compass, or medical knowledge such as
having taken a CPR class or occupational knowledge as being an Emergency Medical
Technician, Nurse or Physician.

Other advantages to your survival might include cardiovascular or physical fitness,
signaling or sign language skills; having a knowledge of off-the-beaten path terrain
so you can identify escape routes by foot. Skills useful down the road might be car
repair, carpentry, welding or cooking and gardening.

Preppers are always happy to hone a skill or learn a new one! Following are some
suggestions of skills to build...

List of Prepper Survival Skills for an Uncertain Times

Prepper Skill #1: Archery.

Prepper Skill #2. Baking and Bread making.
Bread is one of the staples of the American diet. There's nothing more satisfying to
the soul than crunching into a bite of freshly baked bread. Preppers are happy to
make dough rise without the use of a bread machine in kneading by hand. The learn
to make  bannock bread, biscuits, cornbread, tortillas, flatbreads and other peasant
breads from scratch.

  • Get a Grain Mill. Milling is another skill Preppers might add to their repertoire.If
    you're interested in bread making, purchase "Flour Power: A Guide To Modern
    Home Grain Milling" and you'll be off-the-grid ready with bread making skills!
    Pair it with a grain mill and a cast iron Dutch Oven.

  • Make Bannock Bread. Learn to make Bannock Bread, a hearty survival bread, in
    "Let's Get Primitive, The Urban Girl's Guide to Camping," by Heather Menicucci.

Prepper skill #3: Bartering.
  • Watch the video "One Red PaperClip" which provides all the inspiration you
    need. When you watch the video you will understand how one young man took
    one red paperclip and traded up until he was able to get himself a house. It's
    an amazing story and worth sharing with everyone you meet. Many famous
    people have said it, including Tennis Player Arthur Ashe,

Prepper Skill #3. Beekeeping.
You'll enjoy the very thorough beekeeping section of the book Little House in the
Suburbs: Backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficient livin
g, by Deanna Caswell
and Daisy Siskins, including acquiring bees and bee products, such as honey candy
drops and more. Read
more about beekeeping. Honey, you can do it!

Prepper Skill #4. Beer making.
Becoming a brew master is not only a satisfying hobby, it could prove useful in
bartering. Check your local laws, but brew making for personal use is legal in many
states. People will always want to drink and beer is a classic. A great way to
the art of brewing beer is to buy a kit and the most highly rated kit on the market is
Coopers Do it Yourself kit. DIY Beer kit by Coopers has a near perfect rating (83
customer reviews and a 5-STAR rating). Includes instructional DVD and step-by-step
directions, bottles and ingredients for your first batch.

Prepper Skill #5: Camping.
Everyone should be a "Happy camper," particularly Happy Preppers. Basic camping
equipment could give the edge and a positive outcome for survival and camping is a
fun family activity. It's also fun for women to do on their own! (Try
"Let's Get Primitive,
The Urban Girl's Guide to Camping,"
by Heather Menicucci.) Happy Preppers have a
stash of equipment such as backpacks, tents, camping stoves, fuel, water filters and
freeze dried foods and essentials in their "bug out" plans. Stacking up on freeze dried
foods for camping means that prepping will not go to waste: Happy Preppers can
sample their favorite brands before buying in bulk. In the event  of the unthinkable,
the camping foods can serve as comfort food and a reminder of happier times.

    * TIP: Happy Preppers know that stashing nitrogen packed #10 cans will
    provide a 25-year shelf life to freeze dried foods. The most popular brand of
    freeze dried food is Mountain House beef stroganoff. Read our Canned Food
    tips and Freeze Dried Pantry pages.

Prepper Skill #6: Candle making.
The art of making a candle can be a simple as inserting a wick in a can of Crisco. Want
more ambiance? Consider the art of candle making.

Prepper Skill #7: Canning.
Happy Preppers have learned the basic canning methods. Canning fruits and
vegetables from the yard will help them survive the lean Winter months in the new
society. Happy Preppers will be happy to barter their canned food products should it
become necessary. Read
more about canning.

Prepper Skill #8: Charcoal making.
Making charcoal is a firebuilding skill. Learn also to make a charcloth, which will aid
you in firebuilding as well.

Prepper Skill #9. Charcuterie.
Charcuterie is the craft of salting, smoking, and curing, though originally Charcuterie
was a craftsman art in creation of pork products such as salami, sausages, and
prosciutto. In modern definition, it's the art of salting, cooking, smoking, and drying
meats. A Prepper may learn to make sausages, terrines, and pâtés or even olive and
vegetable rillettes, duck confit, mortadella and soppressata or smoked almonds!  
Immediate right,
"Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing," paves the
way towards learning the skill of Charcuterie.

Prepper Skill #10: Cheese making.
Getting back to basics, Preppers know that waxed cheese can last 25 years if stored
in cool temperature! They buy hard waxed cheeses because the wax protects against
mold, bacteria and moisture. And while  Preppers are happy to store cheese in
various forms (waxed, freeze-dried, powdered, etc), they find a satisfaction in making
cheese from scratch. In a new society, this artisan craft would become an essential
survival skill. Read
cheese options for preppers.

  • Learn to wax cheese to extend the life of your family's favorites. Red Cheese
    Wax, pictired immediate right, is re-usable,. Remember, however, cheese wax
    is flammable (as is any wax), so you'll need to use a double boiler method, and
    in this way you will avoid melting the wax on the stove in a pot.

Prepper Skill #11: Chicken couping.
Chicken couping is becoming fashionable and is a happy part of a Preppers daily life.
Chickens eat garden insects and scraps and produce a beautiful and bountiful supply
of eggs of different colors. They are a natural composting agent! As a bonus, chickens
ares pets and can provide a way to reduce stress and improve the quality of living.

Prepper Skill #12: Coin collecting.
While the government can take away silver bars and gold bars, coin collecting
provides the benefit of being a collectible, which may Look for junk silver coins (U.S.
coins dated 1964 or earlier). Low quality is okay, you're looking for the silver value
not the value of the coin itself.

Prepper Skill #13: Cooking.
If you want to make people happy, then feed them good food! Learning to cook with
whatever is available is a skill that Chef's often innately know, and one that could
make Happy Preppers even more happy. Skills may encompass methods for Bread
making, dehydration, canning, Cheese making and smoking meats. Happy Preppers
also know how cook without electricity, including how to make a pit oven, and
alternative ways to start a fire.

Prepper Skill #14: Dehydrating.
Owning a dehydrator and knowing how to dehydrate foods is absolutely an essential
skill in assembling foods for your storage system. Drying foods is an effective way to
preserve them because it decreased water without thwarting unhealthy organism
growth. Have fun with the easy-to-use dehydrator, pictured top right, which is ideal
for drying fruit, vegetables, herbs, and jerky. While an essential skill, dehydrating a
three-month supply of food for your family is very labor intensive and time consuming.
Freeze dried will last longer.
Learn the difference between freeze dried and

Prepper Skill #15. Entomology.
While it's an extreme prospect for most Happy Preppers, the study of bugs could be
an important survival tool. Being able to recognize edible and poisonous insects could
be a survival tool even when backpacking or hiking. Crickets, for example, provide a
rich source of protein, fats and vitamins, and may be readily available in your area.
Generally, brightly colored bugs are poisonous. There are many cultures that enjoy
eating insects. Thai people, for example, enjoy eating bamboo worms. Many other
Asian cultures incorporate. There may be a day when the consumption of insects will
be hight than the consumption of mammals.

Prepper Skill #16: Fire building.

Prepper Skill #17: First Aid/CPR.
Take a CPR course, learn a few essential life saving skills. There may be a day when
there is no doctor around to help. Medical aid is essential and Happy Preppers have a
first aid kit and may have essential first aid skills. The Red Cross provides first aid
classes. If you've mastered this, and have an interest become an EMT (emergency
medical technician).

Prepper Skill #18: Fishing.
The lure of fishing is appealing to many Happy Preppers. Depending on location,
Happy Preppers hone their fishing skills in rivers, lakes or oceans. Happy Preppers
may also learn the art of salting or smoking fish they catch, in the unfortunate event
that refrigeration is not possible.

Prepper Skill #19: Gardening and Gathering.
Happy Preppers are happy to learn about local vegetation in search of harvesting the
land for food. As some plants are poisonous, it's important for Happy Preppers to
know the plants to avoid and which ones to eat. Happy Preppers have a green
thumb! Harvesting foods from your own backyard is always more satisfying than
getting it from the local grocery, yet this option might not be available to apartment
dwellers. Anyone can start simply with a potted plant on the terrace or
begin a
sprouted seed project in the kitchen. And starting an inexpensive container gardens
is an option available to almost anyone!

Prepper Skill #20: HAM Radio.
Communications could be the key to survival in knowing the status of water and food
supplies, the condition of neighboring cities and of the entire country. Operating a
HAM radio requires a license, and the equipment can be expensive, but this essential
skill could mean survival for an entire community, making the Happy Prepper an
invaluable resource. Here's
how to get a Ham Radio License.

Prepper Skill #21: Horsemanship.
Learning how to ride horses and breed them could prove valuable in a post
apocalyptic world. If you have a horse, you have a mode of transportation.

Prepper Skill #22: Hunting and Trapping.
In times of desperation, everyone with a gun will be competing for the same available
game, whether ducks, deer, or wild turkey. Happy Preppers know what game is
available locally, and the prepare further by honing skills necessary for preserving the
meat by smoking or salting the meat in the unfortunate event that refrigeration is not

Prepper Skill: #23. Knitting, crocheting or sewing.
Darn! Those socks aren't going to get darned by themselves. Yes, it's back to basics,
but certainly knitting, sewing or crocheting is a good skill to have to get you through
tough times. Women during the
Great Depression were good at these skills and could
make almost any item of clothing. They had to buy shoes, because they could not
sew, knit or crochet shoes!

Prepper Skill #24. Navigate with a compass.
  • Learn to navigate with a compass.

Prepper Skill #25: Target Shooting / marksmanship.
The right to bear arms is an American tradition. And while Happy Preppers are not
gun happy, they do recognize that use of a weapon may become necessary in
uncertain times. We respect the Second amendment right to bear arms! We will
protect our family and our food reserves. The adage "Desperate actions call for
desperate measures," comes to mind. Learning how to properly care for guns and
ammunition and to practice at the shooting range, could be an interesting hobby to
pursue. Most importantly, with gun safety, is to lock and secure firearms safely away
from children. Even if a Happy Prepper is not happy with the idea of guns, he or she
should consider the protection of a bullet proof vest. "If guns were outlawed, then
only outlaws would have guns."

Prepper Skill #26. Raising rabbits.
Get a hutch, some feed, and have a willingness to water and care for the rabbits
daily. It is a commitment, but anything worthwhile is.

Prepper Skill #27. Raising Goats.
Goat keeping in your backyard may be more practical than tending the chickens or
raising rabbits. Goats provide many benefits:
  1. Goats provide you with meat. Goat meat is comparable in nutritional value to
    lamb or beef.
  2. Goats clear the land. Goats will eat just about everything to keep a fire line on
    the perimeter of your homestead to mitigate the risk of wildfires.
  3. Goats produce milk from which you can make: cheese, yogurt and even soap!
  4. Goats are pack animals. A select few preppers consider their goats "bugout
  5. Goats produce dung. You can use their dried dung as fuel or their fresh dung
    for composting the manure.
  6. Goats will provide you with hide and hair! Turn their hair into mohair and their
    hide into tanned leather.

Prepper Skill #28. Scouting.
Scouts are the ultimate preppers.Like the motto says, "Be prepared."  The original
Boy Scout manual, above left, is an invaluable resource in bushcraft.

Prepper Skill #29. Shoemaking.
Shoemaking is an important prepping skill (and a forgotten survival item, indeed).
During the Great Depression, people could make most of the articles they needed,
like clothing, or make do without. Shoes were the harder exception and as a result
they had to get crafty and insert cardboard or repair the ones they had to make them
last longer. (They often couldn't make new shoes from scratch.)

Prepper Skill #30: Self Defense.
The study of Martial Arts not only develops self confidence, it is an extremely useful
survival tool. Happy Preppers have a basic knowledge of self defense tactics to
employ. Martial Arts have many peaceable alternatives, such as Aikido, which contains
no attacks, only defense. Without competition everyone is winner!

Prepper Skill #31: Soap Making.
Learn the art of making soaps. Spy the Amish while you're at it. You'll eventually need
a wash board and method for keeping your family's clothes clean, so why not start
with the valuable hobby? Ask Grandma or Great Grandma or an old aunt how she
washed clothes in the old days and see if she can teach you. Why not learn to make
medieval soaps? Well, it's hard work, but if you think it's fun, go for it. Otherwise,
head to the shelves and stock up.

Prepper Skill #32. Whittling.
Whittle while you work! Whittling is a skill. You can whittle useful items as you pass
away the evening time, including a knitting needle or a crochet hook, games for the
kids, a slingshot, a bow and arrows, and so much more. Your shavings are helpful for
lighting a fire!

Prepper Skill #33. Welding.
Welders can offer a creative source of toolmaking from weaponry, to repairing a
vehicle, to creating an energy source. What can you weld together for your survival.
Your welding skills may help you in a survival situation. Welding is a prepper skill
recommended by Practical Preppers.

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