78 Skills Everyone Should Know

fireSurvival is based largely on two things: a positive mental attitude and knowledge. With those two covered, you can make up for any lack of tools. Knowledge doesn’t break, wear out, and short of forgetting a thing or two, you generally can’t lose it.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of skills I think everyone should know. This is by no means a “complete” list because there is always room to learn more, and the more you know, the greater your chances of survival. But this will give you a solid foundation and a far broader skill set than most people. Everyone should know how to:

  1. Drive a stick shift
  2. Swim
  3. Start a fire without matches or a lighter
  4. Build a garden
  5. Use herbal remedies
  6. Produce beer/wine
  7. Build your local community
  8. Tan leather
  9. Cure/smoke meat
  10. Make soap
  11. Construct animal/fish traps
  12. Make activated charcoal
  13. Survive hypothermia
  14. Properly load a backpack
  15. Conduct basic repairs (home, auto, equipment, etc.)
  16. Operate a ham radio
  17. Defend yourself without a weapon
  18. Identify surveillance
  19. Build a rainwater collection system
  20. Weld
  21. Accurately fire an arrow

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