What Survival Skills Does A Prepper Need?

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

8 Responses

  1. Jack says:

    I have sent a link to this article to my beautiful bride. I have asked her to do an assessment of how well she thinks we measure up. Because we live in the Philippines and we live in the area she was raised, I think she will offer ideas on where we are lacking for the long haul based on her life experience. It is easy for me to see all the water resources we have and understand how badly purification methods are needed because so little is fit for consumption. We are good for water procurement and treatment, even teaching our mini-people the techniques they will need in emergencies. I take comfort in our growing medical supplies combined with my wife’s nursing skills. All good. What is important is to uncover the weak areas that perhaps I do not perceive and make improvements where we fall short. Thank you, MD, for the reminder to take a break and take stock of just where we are in our preparedness.

  2. Prepared Grammy says:

    I think many people only focus on stocking up on stuff, but have no idea what to do with it. This stuff will eventually be gone. Do they have any idea of how to be truly self-sufficient? I don’t think so. This is an excellent article on our most important prep: knowledge.

  3. Greg M. says:

    Good article M.D. I noticed a couple of thin spots in my preparations when I read through this. Probably the biggest holdup to getting totally prepared for me is I work full time and it is sometimes difficult to get the time to do all the things I want to do in life. That is not a complaint, just an observation. The other things I do (besides prepare) are have fun with my family, enjoy good things such as church activities, schooling to help me on the job, etc. Ah well, that is life. Keep up the good work M.D., I really appreciate what you do.

    • Jack says:

      Greg M, Quoting you “The other things I do (besides prepare) are have fun with my family, enjoy good things such as church activities, schooling to help me on the job, etc. ” We agree wholeheartedly. One technique that works for us is to integrate “have fun with the family” and practising our skills and use of gear. My beautiful bride brought three great kids to our marriage. Our gang are 12, 10 and the little guy just turned 6. We used a power outage as a teaching session. The kids had so much fun cooking meals with the same gear that is in their school EDC-get home bags, they forgot we had no power, no YouTube etc. The two boys especially love learning how to hang their new hammocks and tarps. Even an afternoon at the park inside our subdivision practising is a special time for the family. The three all like collecting small bits of wood for the collapsable wood gasifier. We have a blast as a family as the little ones learn and build their skills. For those on a tight budget, it really does not cost much to have this time together once you get past the cost of basic supplies. Also, older items with expiry dates get rotated out of the kid’s kits as they practice and new items replace the old.

      • Greg M. says:

        I like your ideas Jack. Good stuff to practice and teach the kids and have fun all at the same time. Thanks for some good tips.

  4. Crazy Joe says:

    Hello to all .

    Pretty much the topics covered here are what is in my 1938 , 1954 and 1968 BOY SCOUT HANDBOOKS . Firearms , Animal Husbandry and 2 others ? , are merit badges …… or were . I have always recommended folks to own a copy – Pre 1972 – because now it appears the Boy Scouts are being taught and learning …….. how shall I word this ….. other things .

    My troop was run by crazy WW l l vets and I swear my Army basic training was easier than what they put us through for 7 years .

    Many folks , I have read about in numerous prep / survival sites , state they have their bible in the BOB . God told me to take my Boy Scout Handbook .