101 Skills Everyone Should Know before SHTF

Survival is based largely on two things: a positive mental attitude and knowledge. With those two covered, you can make up for any lack of tools. Knowledge doesn’t break, wear out, and short of forgetting a thing or two, you generally can’t lose it.

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Below is a list of skills most people should be able to do or at the very least pick out some that might be unique to your area, a person living in a city might have different needs then someone in a very small or rural town, but that city person if they survive is going to try and make it to a more rural area.  Most of the skills require knowledge, the best preparation for a future TEOTWAWKI where perhaps 90% of the USA dies is knowing that it is a possibility. If your someone that thinks the Government  is going to ride to your rescue, and you can’t wrap your mind around a possible 90% loss of life then you will be one of the 90%.

  1. Drive a stick shift
  2. Swim
  3. Start a fire without matches or a lighter
  4. Build a garden
  5. Use herbal remedies
  6. Produce beer/wine
  7. Build your local community
  8. Tan leather
  9. Cure/smoke meat
  10. Make soap
  11. Construct animal/fish traps
  12. Make activated charcoal
  13. Survive hypothermia
  14. Properly load a backpack
  15. Conduct basic repairs (home, auto, equipment, etc.)
  16. Operate a ham radio
  17. Defend yourself without a weapon
  18. Identify surveillance
  19. Build a rainwater collection system
  20. Weld
  21. Accurately fire an arrow
  22. Dehydrate food
  23. Construct snowshoes
  24. Build a raft with a tarp
  25. Navigate using the stars
  26. Right an overturned raft
  27. Build with stone/brick (basic masonry)
  28. Cut down a  tree with an ax
  29. Forage for food
  30. Sew and/or make clothing
  31. Pilot a boat
  32. Shoot a firearm accurately
  33. Find water
  34. Construct a pond
  35. Can food
  36. Ski
  37. Build with wood (basic carpentry)
  38. Determine authenticity of gold and silver
  39. Rappel
  40. Follow a trail/tracking
  41. Use less-lethal weapons (baton, stun gun, pepper spray, etc.)
  42. Metal working (blacksmith)
  43. Lose a tail(Someone following you)
  44. Operate power tools
  45. Construct a splint
  46. Open a can without a can opener
  47. Drive a motorcycle
  48. Construct a net
  49. Identify animals by tracks and/or scat
  50. Patch a tire
  51. Reload ammunition
  52. Build a bow and arrow
  53. Administer first aid
  54. Identify venomous snakes
  55. Accurately fire a slingshot
  56. Make candles
  57. Raise fish (for food)
  58. Distill water/alcohol
  59. Hot wire a car
  60. Cook without a stove
  61. Survive heat injuries
  62. Raise livestock
  63. Find tinder
  64. Create fertile soil
  65. Make charcloth
  66. Properly store food
  67. Survive a riot
  68. Sharpen a knife
  69. Butcher livestock
  70. Purify water
  71. Make leather products (sheathes, holsters, boots, etc.)
  72. Hunt and fish
  73. Cast bullets
  74. Maintain a bee hive
  75. Use hand tools
  76. Tie a knot
  77. Prepare for the worst
  78. Learn and train your mind to expect the totally unexpected
  79. Learn to live meager
  80. Find personal motivators to continue on
  81. Understand the world and potential disasters that await.
  82. Make plans and stick to them.
  83. Understand how you’ll react.
  84. Understand the psychology of desperate people
  85.  Be clever and inventive
  86. Learn and condition yourself into a survival mentality
  87. Know where you are going
  88. Learn how to maintain light at night
  89. Maintain proper hygiene
  90. How to dispose of waste and proper sanitation
  91. Learn how to hide
  92. Learn to control pest and other vermin
  93. Understand radiation and fallout and how to protect yourself.
  94. Learn how to forecast the weather.
  95. Learn first aid
  96. Learn about nutrition
  97. Learn to keep body temperature uniform
  98. How to start and maintain a fire
  99. Obtain water and purify it.
  100. Learn how to grow food and or find it
  101. Learn how to defend yourself and be willing to do it.