Here is a list of seven prepping skills that most people never even think about:
#10 – Foraging & Identifying Edible Plants
Ever heard that there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Well, take a look outside – there’s food everywhere! Actually, the food you see outside is not totally free, in that you still must use energy to gather it, but it’s a hellova lot cheaper, and fresher, than the food you’d find at your local grocery store. With a little specialized knowledge you will be able to spot edible plants where you live, even if you live in a city.
#9 – Water Catchment
Water catchment, or water harvesting, is the process by which rain water is stored and reused. Popular methods include roof catchment systems which channel rainwater that falls onto a roof directly into storage through a system of gutters and pipes.
#8 – Water Purification
Dirty water can be deadly. When using for purposes of drinking or cooking, it’s important to reduce the concentration of particulate matter including suspended particles, parasites, bacteria, algae, viruses, fungi, as well as reducing the amount of a range of dissolved and particulate material derived from the surfaces that come from runoff due to rain. Visual inspection alone cannot determine if water is of appropriate quality.
#7 – Water Transporting
When it comes to transporting water over large distances, there are 3 categories of water transportation that all methods fall into. These include: aqueducts (pipelines, canals, and tunnels), container shipments (transportation by truck and car) and towing (usually by boat). Because it is so heavy, the transportation of water is very energy intensive. If transporting by pipeline, the water must use the assistance of gravity or pumpin stations at regular intervals must be employed.
Due to its weight, the transportation of water is very energy intensive. Unless it has the assistance of gravity, a canal or long-distance pipeline will need pumping stations at regular intervals. In this regard, the lower friction levels of the canal make it a more economical solution than the pipeline. Water transportation is also very common along rivers and oceans.
#6 – Fire Transportation
Popular methods include: the “Apache match”, a fire can, using fungi, and ember logs. Each of these methods involve first building a fire, and taking an ember from that fire for relocation.
#5 – Dressing & Tanning Animal Hides
Animals can not only provide wonderous amounts of food, they can also provide warmth and protection through their skin. Learning to tan and dress animal hides can be a very useful skill indeed!
#4 – Managing Refeeding Syndrome
Refeeding syndrome is a syndrome consisting of metabolic disturbances that occur as a result of reinstitution of nutrition to patients who are starved or severely malnourished. Any individual who has had negligible nutrient intake for more than 20 consecutive days is at risk of refeeding syndrome. Refeeding syndrome can be fatal if not recognized and treated properly. Milk is often the refeeding food of choice in this early period as it is naturally high in phosphate and easily tolerated by those who have been starved.
#3 – Navigating By Sky
A lot of people are put off from learning how to navigate using the sky because they fear it is complicated. Quite the contrary, it does not need to be complicated at all, and in fact it can be learned in minutes. Finding direction using the stars can be even quicker and easier than using a compass.
#2 – Ability to Drive a Manual Transmission
A manual transmission uses a driver-operated clutch that is engaged and disengaged usually by a foot pedal or hand lever, for regulating torque transfer from the engine to the transmission; and a gear selector operated by hand or by foot. Manual transmissions are generally more reliable and longer-lasting than automatic transmissions. In a post collapse world, it would be imperative to know how to operate both.
#1 – Shelter Construction
In the wilderness, elements such as wind, rain, and heat can kill you faster than anything else. Building a proper shelter gives you a greater chance of survival. There are countless methods to building shelters so it’s important to learn how to build different types for different scenarios.