78 Essential Skills

I ran across an interesting blog post and applied it to our situation here on Big Turtle creek. Our responses are in red.

78 Skills Everyone Should Know

Survival 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 – yes
  2. Swim – yes
  3. Start a fire without matches or a lighter – yes
  4. Build a garden– yes
  5. Use herbal remedies  – yes
  6. Produce beer/wine – yes
  7. Build your local community – ?
  8. Tan leather – yes
  9. Cure/smoke meat – yes
  10. Make soap – yes
  11. Construct animal/fish traps – David
  12. Make activated charcoalyes
  13. Survive hypothermia  – yes
  14. Properly load a backpack – David
  15. Conduct basic repairs (home, auto, equipment, etc.) – yes, both of us
  16. Operate a ham radio – ? (David can operate a military radio and call for fire)
  17. Defend yourself without a weapon – yes
  18. Identify surveillance – David
  19. Build a rainwater collection system – yes
  20. Weld – David
  21. Accurately fire an arrow – David
  22. Dehydrate food – yes
  23. Construct snowshoes – David
  24. Build a raft with a tarp – yes
  25. Navigate using the stars – yes
  26. Right an overturned raft – probably
  27. Build with stone/brick (basic masonry) – ? (we can build with cobb)
  28. Cut down a  tree with an ax – yes
  29. Forage for food – yes
  30. Sew and/or make clothing – yes
  31. Pilot a boat – yes
  32. Shoot a firearm accurately – yes
  33. Find water – yes
  34. Utilize camouflage – yes
  35. Construct a pond – David
  36. Can food – yes
  37. Ski – yes
  38. Dig a latrine – yes
  39. Build with wood (basic carpentry) – yes
  40. Determine authenticity of gold and silver – yes (silver)
  41. Rappel – David
  42. Follow a trail/tracking – yes
  43. Use less-lethal weapons (baton, stun gun, pepper spray, etc.) – ?
  44. Metal working (blacksmith) – David
  45. Lose a tail – David
  46. Operate power tools yes
  47. Construct a splint – yes
  48. Open a can without a can openeryes
  49. Drive a motorcycle – David
  50. Construct a net – yes
  51. Identify animals by tracks and/or scat – yes
  52. Patch a tire – David
  53. Reload ammunition – David
  54. Build a bow and arrow – David
  55. Administer first aid– yes
  56. Identify venomous snakes– yes
  57. Accurately fire a slingshot – ?
  58. Make candles – yes
  59. Raise fish (for food) –yes
  60. Distill water/alcohol – yes
  61. Hot wire a car – David
  62. Cook without a stove – David
  63. Survive heat injuriesyes
  64. Raise livestock – yes
  65. Find tinder – yes
  66. Create fertile soil – yes
  67. Make charcloth – yes
  68. Properly store food – yes
  69. Survive a riot– ?
  70. Sharpen a knife – yes
  71. Butcher livestock – yes
  72. Purify water – yes
  73. Make leather products (sheathes, holsters, boots, etc.) – some
  74. Hunt and fish – yes
  75. Cast bullets – Davd
  76. Maintain a bee hive – yes
  77. Use hand tools – yes
  78. Tie a knot – yes
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2 thoughts on “78 Essential Skills

  1. Neat blog! Many of the 78 my husband and I could do between the two of us-but certainly not all. Makes me wish we could do them all though : ) Especially interesting to me is the knowledge of using medicinal herbs.

  2. Great list…going to go over it with the family on Sunday. There’s plenty to learn, indeed, but I think we’ll fare a bit better than I thought we might, at first!

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