5 Skills And 5 Tools For Every Prepper

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Who knows what could happen tomorrow? This is the philosophy that most preppers live by. No matter the situation, when danger suddenly appears, a prepper’s heightened organization and awareness will greatly increase their chances of survival. There are roughly 3.7 million preppers in the United States, and each one most likely understands that being a prepper takes a lot of time and money. So how do you make sure that you’re being efficient? Apart from the necessities of food, clothing, and shelter, what are the other tools and tricks you need to survive? Check out this list of five tools and five skills to have under your belt in case of an emergency.

5 Handy Skills

Navigation and compass skills

Being able to navigate yourself in an unknown area is a skill that will get you far. Literally. In times of danger, who knows where you could end up? You may have to escape your house on foot, escape your town or state and in extreme cases, the country. In its most basic form, practicing a good sense of direction can be great, but also mastering the use of your compass can be better to avoid getting lost in an unknown area like a forest or even an unfamiliar city.

First aid

Performing first aid is essential to ensuring that you and those around you are out of any immediate danger that could lead to serious injury or fatality. This could be especially helpful in natural disasters in which people are prone to drowning, suffocating or choking. But there are many dangerous situations where people may need assistance through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or other first aid techniques.

Finding and producing water

More so than food, enough water is an absolute necessity to survive. And with such an abundant supply of water all over the earth, it’s just a matter of knowing where to find it. Even if you feel like Tom Hanks in “Castaway,” you may be able to find your very own coconut to feast on. Apart from collecting rainwater, there are other ways to be creative. When in snow or ice, boiling it can be a great way to make water safe from bacteria, however, this requires fire or another heating source. If you find yourself in a mountain, make your way down it, as water always runs to the lowest point. In a desert, finding water can be a bit trickier, but try digging a few feet below creek beds or building a solar still.

Fire making

This skill is one that will help you with a number of things — cooking food, boiling water to make it potable and staying warm. While it doesn’t take many materials to start a fire, it does take some practice. In order to prepare for this, try out different fire starters and see which works best for you. After that, it’s a matter of practicing how to collect the right wood and branches and correctly arranging them for a fire.

Knowledge of flora and fauna

In extreme circumstances, you may find yourself out of food, water, and shelter and may be forced to use the natural resources around you. However, with so many different species of plants and animals, a sound knowledge of flora and fauna can go a long way. This is a way of making the environment work for you and knowing what can be used as food or as survival materials, as well as what can be potentially harmful.

5 Handy Tools For A Prepper

Multi-function survival tool

It’s always important to make sure you have as many tools on you as possible without taking up too much space because you never know what you might need. A multi-tool can be used as a knife, screwdriver, can opener, ruler, bottle cap opener, 4 position wrench, saw blade, butterfly screw, wrench, direction ancillary wrench, 2 position wrench and other configurations based upon what you select.

Hunting knife

Keeping the need for food in mind, a hunting knife is a useful tool to carry in case you’re stuck in a situation where you have to hunt for your food. Matched with educating yourself about hunting, this tool can be the difference in feeding you and your family or not.

Fire starter

As mentioned, the use of a fire is multifaceted, so it’s important to make it a major focus. Experiment with different types and brands of fire starters to see what you like best. They often come in different styles and can have other things attached to them such as torches or whistles.

Water tools

Water is essential and should be included in any prepper’s schedule. As a base, preparing hydration packs is a great way to ensure that everyone stays hydrated, especially in a circumstance when you’re leaving on foot and will be prone to exhaustion and dehydration. Once your water supply ends, another great water tool to carry is filtration tablets. When added to dirty or bacteria-infested water, these tablets kill the germs and make the water drinkable.

Flashlight

One of the worst parts of natural disasters or other dangerous situations is that you’re often left without electricity or a source of light. Having a readily available flashlight can mean that you’re able to not only find food and water at all times but can also remain aware of your surroundings and therefore avoid any further danger.

As a prepper, remaining organized for any situation is vital. And there’s usually a fear that you’re forgetting something, which could end up putting you and your family in even more danger. Make use of these five tools and five skills to ensure you’re always prepared to keep you and your loved ones safe in a variety of scenarios.

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Matt Wooddell
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Great article! I love back to basics type of articles. We need to focus on skills and practicality. I appreciate the author writing this.

james mckinney
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Very well said, comman sense basics of survival is what will keep us alive in a shtf real life scenario. Thanks for the article.

Canis Lupus
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Nice starter article but need to stress the importance of keeping your knife and hatchet sharp and learning how to do it properly.
The same with building a fire. Most people can not start a fire in the woods to save their life without the use of accellerants.
Add in rain or snow and the failure rate increases.
Everyone needs to start somewhere and these forums help.
I know some folks out there will appreciate your efforts.

Flattop
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WOW, you nailed it. If a person is basically aware of these skills and with a little proficiency, your confidence level will rise.

GoingHomeSoon
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Very good, brief article with some basic (but necessary skills and tools) areas for all Preppers to focus on. Well worth the read. And the links in the articles are very helpful. I am going to go back and click on the link for a video about “Navigation and compass skills”. I need work in that area. I do have one question though. Under the “Hunting knife” heading there is a photo of a hunting knife in a sheath, and a hatchet with a sheath laying beside the handle. I want one of those hatchets. It looks awesome and cool.… Read more »
Frank Rojas
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Excellent article. No flash, just good straight facts. Short but for my money one the better articles on here.

Ron Cross
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Life straw, a product on sale in Australua.
They enable you to drink any water up to 10,000 times assured.
I have three units.
Designed for the survivor with a cord to attach to yoyr webbing.
Thoroughly recommended.

Prepper Addict
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It’s funny, in this modern age, we have become so reliant on modern technology. I bet there are many people out there that wouldn’t be able to read a map or use a compass if their smart phone no longer had coverage.

Melanie Campbell
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Great article! A knife is always a useful tool for every circumstance.

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