7 Skills Every Prepper Needs To Know

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The whole objective of being a prepper isn’t to prepare for doomsday.

I know that’s a surprising statement to hear but it’s the truth.

Your real objective is to be as self-sufficient as possible, In this day it can be hard to become completely self-sufficient but not impossible.

If your goal is to become truly self sufficient there are a few skills you’ll need to have in your toolbox.

First Aid

The first skill that is a must for prepping, self sufficiency or surviving doomsday is the ability to heal yourself and others. Of course you don’t need to be a doctor to administer simple first aid.

However, if you’re planning to survive the end of the world a few EMT and paramedic courses under your belt is a good way to learn how to deal with trauma.

When you’re first starting out I would recommend taking a basic first aid class. There are usually offered through the Red Cross and other organizations.

You won’t be able to fix a gunshot wound, but you’ll learn a lot of basics like treating shock or a sprained ankle.


Gardening isn’t a skill that can just be done. It takes a lot of time and practice to get it right.

If you’re stocking up on seeds and planning to grow a garden when the S hits the fan you may want to reconsider.

Right now is the perfect time to start a small garden.

Gardening is a skill that I personally got into a few years ago and it’s a lot of work. Right now I live in a place where the soil sucks so I’m growing in raised beds and it works really well.

As a matter of fact this year was the first year I was able to grow all of my plants from seed and have everything produce a decent bounty.

Even if you live in an apartment with no yard you can still practice growing your own food and I strongly recommend you do.

Food Procurement (hunting, trapping, fishing)

In the prepping community the logical progression is from relying on modern day conveniences to learning more primitive methods.

The reason for this is that in a major SHTF event you won’t be able to just run down to the grocery store to get what you need. This is where being able to procure your own food comes in handy.

Realistically you can only store so much food and if a major event occurs where the grid goes down for more than a few months, chances are you’ll need find a way to procure food.

Gardening is a great way to help add to your food stores but you’ll still need a source of protein.

Skills like hunting, fishing, and trapping are more skills that you can’t just go out and do when you need too without spending time learning them.


Being able to construct various structures and other items is vital when it comes to achieving self sufficiency.

This is especially true if you try homesteading. Building things like fences, chicken coops, and other various structures will save you a lot of money in the long run. Money that can be used for other prepping supplies.

You don’t need to be a master carpenter of course but you should have some rudimentary skills. Also, if a SHTF situation occurs it’s not like you can just call up a handyman to come fix something at your bug out location.

Situational Awareness

Situational awareness is probably the most important skill on this list and it’s one you can develop for free simply by practicing it. To be aware you don’t need to be paranoid but you should have a healthy amount of skepticism when you are out in public.

Instead of playing on your phone, try actually looking up and looking around once in a while.

Being aware means being able to take a baseline and look for abnormalities. It also means listening to your gut.

If you hear something that sounds like a gun going off your brain may try to rationalize it. Such as a car backfiring or someone lit a firecracker. Even if it is one of those things you need to be aware that it could very well be an active shooter.

Being aware also means knowing where your exits are and having a strategy should something go down. You can start becoming more situationally aware by simply making the conscience effort to be aware.

After you do it for a while it’ll become a natural instinct like breathing.

Physical Fitness

Part of prepping is making sure we all live a long healthy life and survive whatever scenario you believe is coming.

Being physically fit will make sure you are around for whatever happens. If your plan is to bug out but you can’t walk up a flight of stairs without being winded you’re not going to make it.

To get physically fit you don’t need to go to a gym. You can workout from home or you can go traipse around a mountain every weekend like myself. However you choose to go about it, make sure your working towards becoming fit.

Basic Survival Skills

Basic survival skills like finding water, starting a fire, and building a shelter are all good skills to have and ones that can help you in multiple ways.

For instance, maybe you want to take a camping trip with your family or your friends. Wouldn’t it be nice to know how to start the campfire or find drinkable water?

Basic survival skills are also a great way to prepare if you enjoy various outdoor activities such as hunting or hiking. These types of activities can result in a survival situation and having a few basic skills will help you make it until help comes.

Survival skills don’t have to just be applied to bugging out or trying to get home after some disaster but they will certainly help and I recommend at least mastering the basics.

Wrapping Up

Being prepared isn’t just about how much food and water you have stored or how much gear you own. Prepping is a lifestyle and with that comes a few skills that are essential if you want to become more self sufficient and be prepared for whatever comes your way.

Skills like gardening or carpentry go a lot further than just being able to help you make it through a SHTF situation. Gardening can be done for a pretty low price and will go a long way in not only saving you money but making you healthier.

The skills listed above are skills I believe not only preppers should know but everyone should know. If we can all become a little more self sufficient the world will be better off for it.

If you found this article helpful be sure to share it so others can learn as well.

As always thanks for reading and keep on prepping!


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