Survival Skills for the Modern Man

Preparation and practice to survive in the event of a short blackout or a major catastrophe should be on everyone’s to do list, not just those nutty preppers. We rely far too much on electrical power for our everyday comfort, and pampered way of life. Deep down you know this.  So, what if something happens?

When the SHTF, will you be one of those ready to rock, or one of the masses waiting for someone to bail them out. This is where your survival skills will put you far ahead of the blissfully ignorant masses.

Although the basic skills, such as how to start a fire, find shelter, find water are important, these are not the major ones discussed here. The skills noted are the ones needed to keep one living and surviving along with the skills used to make a living from.

What are survivor skills? Skills that could be used in the wilderness, living off the grid or even in your own home are learned over a period of time.

Now is the time to learn these skills. Any practice and preparation is better than none. To truly learn a skill, you must take what you have read or heard and get out there and do it. Here are a few of the most important skills used to survive.

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Maintaining Drinkable Water Sources

Water is very important for our survival. Where are the current water sources for your home? What would happen if the power or service went out and you could not run water thru the pipes?

Investigate sources of water close by that are within walking distances. Invest in rain barrels and start using them now. Take hikes in your area, study maps to locate any streams, waterfalls or springs nearby. To make sure this water is potable; you will have to invest in a water filtration system.

Hunt or Forage for Food

When you learn to hunt, you are learning a skill that will feed not only your family, but may also be a trade worthy item if the length of emergency grows beyond weeks and months. It’s like the saying, Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. When choosing to use a Rifle, keep extra bullets in a safe dry place along with the items needed to make your own bullets. In extreme cold weather the guns can freeze up. Other options for hunting is using a bow and arrow or trapping. Use the best tool for your area.

Foraging will take extra time to learn and reap, but many herbs and plants can be used to enhance the flavor of food or for medicinal purposes. Buy some field books to help you identify edible plants in your area. Foraging a hat full of gut wrenching berries does nobody any good.

Growing Your Own Food

This is another skill for surviving extended periods of off the grid living. Get to know the environment you live in. Be knowledgeable about what foods will grow in your area and climate. Understand the growing season so the seeds can be planted at the proper time. This will take some time to learn, but starting today will prepare you for the next growing season.

All fruits and vegetables can be preserved by freezing, canning or drying. In addition to growing your own food, knowing how to safely store basic items such as flour, sugar, salt will help keep your pantry stocked.

Raise Livestock

If you are living in the rural countryside where you can raise animals for food, some of the easiest animals to raise are pigs, chickens and rabbits. Chickens can provide eggs on a daily basis. The eggs are not only protein rich, but you can hatch more chicks and butcher some for meat.

Know First Aid, Keep a Well Stocked Kit

Most people know basic first aid for cuts, burns, and insect bites, but it is to your benefit to take your knowledge a little further. You need to have a plan if you become infected, or come down with a fever. Stock up on Fish Mox which can be purchased online or at a pet store. This antibiotic can be consumed by humans, requires no prescription and has a shelf life up to 10 years. Please use common sense when considering using this!

Learn to Harness Alternative Power Sources

Solar and wind power are becoming more affordable and more popular today. Items that are needed for solar power are an inverter, several batteries, wiring and panels. Windmills are also an excellent choice to create power for those that may not live in a sunny area, but is windy.

Learning to harness the power of the sun and wind is something that could be used to make a living at as well as living. Many people who live “off the grid” find these methods to be their number one choice for power.

Channel You Inner MacGyver

MacGyver could fix or rig up anything. When SHTF, you need to be the MacGyver of your family. Carpentry, electrical, automotive, and mechanical knowledge will inevitably become critical the longer your survival experience goes on. Things break, and items become scarce, meaning you have to know how to make the most of the tools and parts available. Each day you learn something new, you enable your chances at survival. Become someone your ancient ancestors would be proud of.