Prepper Basics: Skills Every Prepper Should Learn


As preppers we are always putting together our prepper checklist and working on things such as our food and water preps and bug out bags among others. These are all very important parts of being a prepper and require all of the attention we give to them but we should also remember not to over look other important aspects. As we build our food and water stockpiles and properly put together our bug out bags and prep our bug out locations we should also consider some important prepper skills that we can learn and use as preppers. These skills can be just a big a part of our survival as all of the preps we have stashed away and emergency planning we have done. Having all of the needed fundamentals in place is but one part of truly being prepared for a disaster or survival situation. Here are some basic prepper skills that we feel could be important in a survival situation and that every prepper should learn.



Ability to make a fire – This seems like an easy thing to do for many preppers and it hardly ever really plays a role in modern day society, but it is often harder then it seems. Even though we often prep tools and materials to make this easier there is always a chance at some point of those items being unavailable to us. It is one of the most important basic survival skills and is crucial in many ways. Fire can be used to fulfill so many basic functions such as making water safe to drink, cooking food, providing light and heat, and even warding off predators. Learning how to make fire from the most basic of materials is a skill that we feel all preppers should have a knowledge of.

Wound Care – Many preppers underestimate how important basic wound care can be to our health in a survival situation especially when lacking proper supplies. It is a lot more then simply adding a bandage and all preppers should have a working knowledge of how to properly clean and dress wounds. Along with understanding when to and not to close a wound and being able to spot signs of infections are also key factors to be familiar with. The importance of these skills is often magnified in a survival situation where proper sanitary conditions and materials may not be accessible.

Learn to grow a successful garden – No matter how large of a food stockpile we put together as preppers there is still a chance of it running out or that we will be separated from it. Having the skills and knowledge needed to be able to grow your own garden could very well be a life saver. Many believe that simply tossing seeds into turned over soil is sufficient enough to grow a garden, in fact it takes a bit more knowledge and effort to truly be successful at it. One needs to learn some basic gardening skills such as watering , fertilizing, weeding, and dealing with simple pest and diseases.

Food preservation techniques – Seeing that refrigeration will likely be unavailable to us in many survival situations learning some basic food preservation techniques is a must. There are many techniques that we can utilize in our efforts to preserve food in which we have all heard of like pickling, drying, canning, and even smoking. But oddly not enough preppers have a working knowledge of these basic food preservation methods. It is recommended that you learn at least a couple of these techniques because they are sure to come in handy along the way in a survival situation.

Hunting and Fishing – Again no matter how much of a food stockpile we put together all preppers should have some basic skills needed to survive in case┬áthat supply runs out or is no longer available to us. Learning to gather food from your natural surroundings can be a key factor in keeping you and your family from going hungry. Every prepper should learn some basic hunting and fishing skills so that they can harvest needed proteins found around them. Basic skills on how to make basic weapons and traps for hunting or learning how to fish using easily obtained items and materials. Also learning how to properly clean fish and game harvested is a very useful skill.



I’m sure you can add many more basic skills that you feel as a prepper is important to learn and if so please feel free to leave a comment and share your ideas with your fellow preppers. Now that you have an idea of some basic skill you need to learn you next question may be how and where to learn them. There are tons of great books on each of the items listed above along with many great how to videos that can be found on youtube that will help you to learn all of these skills. Not every prepper will learn each and every one of these ideas but learning as many of them as you can will only increase the likely hood of you being able to survive a disaster scenario.


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2 thoughts on “Prepper Basics: Skills Every Prepper Should Learn”

  1. One of the most overlooked basic skills is the ability to read a map and determine direction.
    How many preppers(besides prior military) can read not just a road map, but also a typographical map? You might think being able to read a road map is enough, but when the SHTF you would be wise to avoid roads and civilization. Ok, lets say you can read a map and determine direction. Can you determine direction at night? If you are bugging out, trying to get home, get lost hiking/hunting, or even running for your life this is one of the most important basic skills.

  2. As a Combat Medic, I totally agree that wound care takes on an increased level of importance in any field situation. Even more so in a long-term survival situation. For years, I have taught medics and non-medics that the worst thing you can do,in a field environment, is puncture a person’s skin.

    The skin is a person’s best line of defense. By puncturing it, either by IV needle, cut, or weapons wound, increases the likelihood of infection.

    Once established, sepsis is hard enough to combat in a modern hospital. In a survival situation, it’s a death sentence…

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