This article first appeared at Modern Survival Blog
By Ken Jorgustin
Here is a list of practical skills that people knew ‘back in the day’, that the majority of the population do not possess today.
This (and your comments) might help preppers in an area they didn’t think of…
While there certainly are people today who posses these skills, I wonder how fewer there may be than days gone by. Many years ago, life (and our jobs) required that we posses more hands-on and practical skills than required of us today.
It seems to me that for decades now – far fewer kids are being taught the practical skills which would better help them make it on their own in a more self-reliant way than today. We have evolved into a modern and dependent society – one which would be in deep doo-doo if the SHTF, or TEOTWAWKI.
This list could be endless, given enough time to think about it – but I’ve noted some practical skills which crossed my mind as I wrote this.
Hand tools (versus powered/electric)
How to build basic things
Basic math skills (by hand or ‘in your head’)
Sewing (by hand, and non-electronic machine)
Gardening (and it’s many sub-categories of skills)
Making bread from scratch
Make your own soap
Primitive fire making
Raising chickens for eggs and meat
Canning, food preservation
Budgeting, staying out of debt
Car, engine mechanics
Map reading, pathfinding
Washing clothes by hand
Stay at home mom
Adapting, making the most of what you have
Food pantry storage
Verbal communication skills
Raising farm animals
Dehydrate fruits and veggies (without electricity)