Monday, February 26, 2018

100 Skills Everyone Should Know

Being able to survive in a myriad of situations is the goal of being a prepper.  With that in mind, it is important to have as full a skill set as possible.  Here are skills everyone should know:
  1. How to swim.
  2. How to ride a bike.
  3. How to perform CPR and use an AED.
  4. How to drive (both manual and automatic vehicles).
  5. How to safely use firearms.
  6. How to perform the Heimlich Maneuver.
  7. How to provide basic first aid.
  8. How to navigate (with map and compass, GPS, by the stars).
  9. How to shoot a bow and arrow.
  10. How to fish.
  11. How to hunt.
  12. How to grow a garden.
  13. How to preserve food (canning, drying, freezing, pickling, etc).
  14. How to bake (bread, cookies, cakes, etc).
  15. How to cook (breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals).
  16. How to sew.
  17. How to knit.
  18. How to identify edible and poisonous plants in your area.
  19. How to forage for food.
  20. How to make a fire in several ways.
  21. How to find and purify water.
  22. How to camp (make shelter, make a fire, cook food, etc).
  23. How to backpack (camping skills plus wayfinding and long distance walking).
  24. How to do tasks online (banking, applying for a job, finding information, etc).
  25. How to breed, raise, train, and care for animals.
  26. How to play games (chess, poker, Monopoly, etc).
  27. How to do basic automotive maintenance (oil change, change tires, jump a car, etc).
  28. How to participate in a variety of sports (both team and individual).
  29. How to use a variety of communication methods (HAM radio, sign language, foreign language, etc).
  30. How to do home maintenance (basic plumbing, electrical, and construction skills).
  31. How to play a musical instrument.
  32. How to do a variety of arts and crafts.
  33. How to dress appropriately for all occasions.
  34. How to pilot a variety of watercraft (sailboat, canoe, kayak, powerboat, etc).
  35. How to read the weather.
  36. How to  use a variety of self defense tactics (boxing, karate, etc).
  37. How to care for your tools (sharpen knives, clean firearms, etc).
  38. How to perform basic calisthenics (push ups, sit ups, pull ups, etc).
  39. How to survive outdoors in all weather (snow, high heat, rain, etc).
  40. How to ride a horse.
  41. How to tie a variety of knots.
  42. How to optimize your own health.
  43. How to travel in snow (cross country ski, snowshoe, etc).
  44. How to ride a motorcycle.
  45. How to manage financially (budgeting, saving, investing, etc).
  46. How to make money in multiple ways.
  47. How to develop good character traits.
  48. How to use interpersonal skills in all situations.
  49. How to travel (locally and internationally).
  50. How to respond to legal situations (with the police, to a court summons, etc).
  51. How to use tools (chainsaw, power saw, drill, hammer, breaker bar, etc).
  52. How to prepare yourself and your home for a disaster.
  53. How to clean (your home, your clothes, your vehicle, etc).
  54. How to develop leadership skills.
  55. How to raise animals for food.
  56. How to think critically and evaluate information.
  57. How to respond to a variety of disasters (fire, flood, active shooter, earthquake, etc).
  58. How to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing).
  59. How to fit in to all social situations (weddings, funerals, bars, parties, etc).
  60. How to use basic math skills (for everyday purposes like figuring the area of carpet needed for a room).
  61. How to use basic science skills (like knowing not to mix ammonia and bleach).
  62. How to take care of others (infants, toddlers, children, the elderly, etc).
  63. How to deal with wild animals.
  64. How to do extreme sports (sky diving, SCUBA diving, race a car, rock climbing, etc).
  65. How to protect your privacy (in person and online).
  66. How to make major purchases (vehicle, house, etc).
  67. How to play bar games (shoot pool, throw darts, sing karaoke, etc).
  68. How to use basic software (MS Office suite, Photoshop, etc).
  69. How to teach others how to do things.
  70. How to haggle, barter, and bargain for things you want.
  71. How to make good decisions quickly.
  72. How to uses disguises and covert ops skills correctly.
  73. How to create things (build a bookcase, brew beer, make wine, etc).
  74. How to do old time skills (cast iron cooking, woodworking, bush craft, etc).
  75. How to control yourself (lust, anger, jealousy, etc).
  76. How to prevent the spread of disease.
  77. How to build a house from the ground up.
  78. How to build a car out of parts.
  79. How to build a PC from scratch.
  80. How to learn new things on your own.
  81. How to grow and use herbal medicines.
  82. How to wash clothing by hand.
  83. How to create and store energy from alternative sources (wind, solar, water, etc).
  84. How to signal for help in a variety of situations.
  85. How to make a variety of traps and snares.
  86. How to track (people and animals).
  87. How to set up a security system no matter where you are (at home, camping, in a hotel, etc).
  88. How to extinguish a variety of fires (wood, cooking oil, chemical, etc).
  89. How to get rid of pests (bees, wasps, ants, roaches, rats, etc).
  90. How to process all of your garbage yourself (composting, burning, etc).
  91. How to make your own tools and weapons from scratch.
  92. How to participate in civic activities (voting, jury duty, volunteering, etc).
  93. How to access community resources (using the library, finding assistance centers, getting government benefits if needed, etc).
  94. How to travel around your community a variety of ways (mass transit, Uber, bicycle, walking, etc).
  95. How to survive without technology.
  96. How to survive without utilities (no gas, electricity, sewer system, etc).
  97. How to use manners and etiquette in every situation.
  98. How to hide and use camouflage in a tactical situation.
  99. How to gear up for all situations (EDC, BOB, etc).
  100. How to be situationally aware (aware of all exits, aware of possible threats, etc).

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