Prepping is often thought of as being more about accumulating stuff. After all, we call it prepping and the things we get are called “preps”. We tend to focus on buying food, water filters, guns, or whatever.
However, more and more preppers are talking about skills. It’s actually a pretty smart thing since skills weigh nothing and can’t be taken from you by bad people willing to do bad things to you.
I’m not going to bash anyone who likes to accumulate “things.” I don’t want to be a hypocrite, and I have way too tight an attachment on things, so I won’t judge.
Now, that brings me back to skills.
The reality is we need skills. We need all of them, and we need all of them right now. Unfortunately, it’s not particularly reasonable.
So, what I’m going to do is spend each quarter of the year learning one vital skill. I won’t master them by any stretch of the imagination, but I can learn it well enough to not devote all of my attention to it.
The goal here is to have a skillset that permits me to be dropped in the middle of nowhere with nothing but my knife and not just survive but to thrive. Couple that with proper preps along the lines of what I’m doing now, and my family and I should be just fine.
Unfortunately, where do I start?
Realistically, I only have a finite amount of time to devote to any skill. And, well, money being spent on this needs to be minimal. Three-week courses on edible plants, for example, aren’t really an option. A book, however, is.
A book on the topic and a lot of time in the woods, however, is.
So, my first skill needs to be something straightforward that can be done without me spending a pile of money, but I also think it needs to be something that will provide a good foundation for these skills.
Therefore, I’ll go with fire starting.
Yes, I can make a fire with matches or a lighter. However, if all I have is a knife (no fire starting rod, mind you), I don’t have a lot of options along those lines. Realistically, I should have some kind of fire starter under almost any circumstance, but that’s beside the point.
So, I’m going to do some educating of my own butt. Rubbing sticks together to make fire is a useful skill, just because. Then I can figure out what to do next come September.
I’m open to suggestions for that timeframe.