Disaster is a given. If the apocalypse comes along, you don’t want to be the one who is total trouble because you’re not prepared for it. The last thing you want to be is left behind. You want to be ready for anything. Fortunately, there are ways to get it in gear and be ready when disaster strikes. If you don’t want to be roadkill, you’re going to have brush up on some existing skills or learn some new ones. These are the skills you’ll need to master when it all starts to fall to pieces.

Building a Fire

Fire is good. Fire provides a means of cooking and a way to stay warm. If you’re going to come up on top on the apocalypse, you need to know how to start a fire. You also need to know how to maintain it. Now is the time to figure out how to work with fire. You’ll want to take some time to explore the world of fire before society fails. Get some real world experience if you haven’t gotten it before. Just make sure you know what you’re doing. You want to learn all about fire. You don’t want to get burned.

Starting a Garden

You’re going to need to feed yourself and maybe a few people around you if the worst happens. A garden is a great way to ensure you always have fresh food. With that in mind, you’ll want to take the time to plant the food you need. A garden doesn’t have to be large to feed people. All you need are a few plantings in a carefully nurtured space. Learn how to use varied types of gardens. A herb garden adds flavor to anything you cook. Vegetable gardens can be maintained all year round for good eating.

Map Reading and Hiking

When the worst happens, you might need to flee. You need to know where you’re going. Reading a map can help you figure it out. You want to know your south east south from your north west north when you’re walking. You also want to know how to hike. Hiking can help you get away fast. You should know how to deal with varied types of terrain as you walk. Someone who is able to cope with different types of elevation will find it a lot easier to survive long term.

It’s also useful to have and know how to use a lockpick set in case you need to get into shelter in an emergency, or escape from a difficult situation.

How to Fish

Fish are a great resource. They’re filled with live giving protein. Fish can be harvested and then salted or smoked to be used over time. Catching a fish takes some time and skill. You want to know all sorts of things about fish. That includes spotting them, catching them and knowing how to gut a fish so it no longer poses a danger once you eat one. You’ll also want to know what you have to do to preserve the fish so it doesn’t go bad after you’ve brought it in. These skills can keep you fed if you have a ready supply of fish nearby.

Self Defense

Self defense is a must when it comes down to it. You want to know how to defend yourself against the possibility of any kind of attack. That includes an attack by your fellow humans as well as an attack by a wild animal. For that reason, you’ll want to engage in the process of knowing how to make sure you can disarm an opponent as well as ensure your own personal safety.

These the kinds of skills you should know. If something goes really wrong, you’re more than ready for it.

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