It is always wise to continue learning new skills. Expanding your mind is a great way to stay young and to keep your brain running at full capacity. As a prepper, there are several skills that could be a major asset in an emergency. As we move into the spring of 2015, take time to learn some of these new skills that could make you a better prepper and ultimately be the difference between life and death in a survival situation.
- Raising Chickens
We have been talking about raising chickens for a long time. We finally broke down and started the process a few months ago and we are glad we did. Now I have to say that I am not raising the chickens for meat but just for the eggs. We are now getting almost 200 eggs a week! These eggs are easy to sell and they are so much better than the store bought variety. It took some time and some trial and error but I now have a clear understanding of how to properly raise chickens.
In the event of a serious disaster we also have the option of slaughter. While I am not interested in this process right now, there could come a time when we need to do this in order to eat. Having the ability to put fresh food on the table is something that a lot of other people do not have. Raising chickens offers a lot of benefits and it’s actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it!
Whether you have a “green thumb” or you are totally new to gardening, it’s worth your time to become an expert at growing vegetables. It takes a lot of work and a lot of time, but it is well worth it when you can feed your family fresh, organic produce without worrying about chemicals and pesticides. If you are new to gardening, start off small and work your way up. Growing your own garden will provide a ton of food for your family and it could even be a great way to give back to your community.
- Making A Fire
If you don’t have matches or a lighter on hand, starting a fire can be nearly impossible. But if you take the time to learn several fire making techniques, it could save your life in a survival situation. This is an awesome skill that few have and many will need in the crisis situations we are preparing for.
- Brewing Beer
Now this is something we can get excited about. Beer has been around for thousands of years and it will hopefully be around for many more after this. Beer making is all about the proper recipe. I can’t tell you the right recipe for you because your taste might be different from mine. There is a ton of information about this process and you can find several free books online as well. Beer brewing is not only a great skill to have but it could also lead to a great bartering skill. People love to drink and if you have the ability to make your own brew…people will trade almost anything for that.
Most of us take it for granted that we will always have clothing available. But if we entered another great depression or a major catastrophe shut down the stores, would you be able to keep your family clothed? Having the ability to repair rips, hem pants, or sew new clothes would be vital in a SHTF scenario. In a serious crisis the stores will be useless. If you can sew, you have a powerful bartering skill that could buy your family much needed supplies.
Some people will turn up their nose at this project but I promise it will change your life. I have been crocheting for years and we have so many blankets and hats and scarves that it is not funny. But we have also been able to donate a ton of these items to the local homeless shelter as well. Not only is this a skill that can help other people, but it can save your life. Making clothing and blankets is a great skill to have and it’s actually a lot of fun!
- Water Purification
This is a tricky task for even the most experienced preppers. Having the skills needed to properly and safely purify/clean water is a rare find. Take the time to learn the in’s and outs of this trade and you will have a leg up on the competition. Did you know you could boil water in a plastic bottle over an open flame? You would if you knew how to purify water!
These are just a few of the skills you could learn in 2015 to help you become a better preppers. There are lots of other ideas too – you could learn to make soap, raise bees, cook from scratch, or even make cheese. What are the skills you hope to learn this year?