Being a city slicker has its advantages. Basically, we can get anything we need thanks to convenient shops and local utility companies. Food, clothes, car parts - and let's not forget electricity and natural gas - all come to us without very much work on our part. But what would happen if the world decided to bug out on us, and we were left to our own natural instincts? Would you still be able to provide for yourself – and your family – if the grid went down, an EMP went off, or something of the like?
Back in the day, people weren’t as reliant on the corporate world to get them what they needed. People had skills, and their skills were necessary to their livelihood. In an article from Off Grid Quest
, the author suggests that “if we were to have a breakdown in society, those skills which we never bothered to learn would become essential.”
So what are those essential skills? I thought you’d never ask. Here are five skills that would do us all well to know, whether we have a societal breakdown or not.
You need food. That’s going to be one of the realizations you have if all the store shelves are empty with no sign of extra stock arriving. That’s where a vegetable garden comes in handy.
Gardening is a skill that may be a lot more difficult than most people think. It took the author of the aforementioned article “three years to get more than just herbs and a smattering of produce out of [the garden].” You could be in for some very hungry seasons if you put off learning how to garden until you absolutely need it. Fortunately, the Internet knows everything, so if you need help, you’re sure to Replace loads of information at your fingertips (such as this article by gardeners.com
). And, if you need seeds that will store for a number of years, check out our garden and heirloom seeds here
- Raising Animals For Food
Just like growing a garden, raising animals involves more than you may even realize. Cats and dogs are one thing, but cows, rabbits, chickens, and other delicious animals require the ability to take care of their illnesses yourself. Vets may not always be an option, so knowing how to care for your creatures is imperative. Other factors can include learning how to butcher and prepare the food that your animals sacrificed for you. Butchers might not be a readily available resource, so knowing how to properly prepare your critters could very well be a good skill to have.
Speaking of preparing animals to eat, hunting is another useful skill that could help Replace food for your family when all else fails. Be it through your bow hunting skills or rifle abilities, know the tricks of the trade, including tracking and the nature of the animal you’re after.
- Basic Carpentry and Mechanics
Knowing how to fix your car when it breaks down when there’s nobody else around is a good thing to know not only in a fallen society, but on long stretches of road where the next town is many miles away and traffic is few and far in between.
Carpentry is the same way. Knowing how to go about repairing and making good, solid furniture and other things can really make a difference to your family when everything else has been taken from them.
- Canning and Food Storage
Remember that vegetable garden you have? Knowing how to prepare and store that excess food for long-term storage will give you that extra buffer when times are tough. But don’t worry, even if you don’t have the resources to grow a garden or can your own food, we can help by providing you with delicious food that is packaged to store for up to 25 years. Check out our emergency food storage products
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Of course, this is in the event of something extreme happening to our society that makes having these skills an essential part of our repertoire. Hopefully we won’t have to go that far. But then again, disasters are only as bad as we’re prepared for. Better to be safe than hungry, in my opinion.
What are some other essential skills to know? Tell us in the comments below!
They did use a wax seal on canning jars when there wasn’t lids. It’s special kind of wax, though, I don’t recall the same of it.
You can buy Tattler reusable canning lids. I have stocked up on them and rings, storing the rings in a vaccuum sealed bag to help prevent degradation. There my be other brands, too, but this is the only one I know of…
If you want a really valuable skill, learn basic blacksmithing. Woodworking was covered above, and is the second most valuable skill you can have.
Bartering skills. To trade what you can do for what you can’t.
Something else we need to know is how to make soap. We’d be in trouble without soap.
I know how to knit, crochet, and weave. I plan to take another shot at learning how to spin. Food and shelter are important, but we also need clothing and blankets. Along the same lines, knowing how to make shoes and boots would be handy.
Everyone talks about home canning. If society totally falls apart, no one would make the jar lids. We would also need to know how to dehydrate food.
How to tan animal hides to make leather, basic herb medicine, and simple sewing repairs are skills we would all need.