Survival Skills – Suggested Skills To Learn


Learning to survive a disaster involves more than just stocking up on extra supplies.  It requires detailed thinking and focused planning.  It also is going to cost you money, and it can use up a lot of your time and take up extra storage space.  Just from those previous statements survival planning sounds like a pain and a hassle to get started, but it can also be a lot of fun and you can learn some new skills.

Below is a list of suggested skills that will be helpful for survival situations.  It would take a lot of time and hard work to take on learning each and every suggested skill by yourself.  This is where friends and family and other members of your survival retreat group (if you have one) come in handy.   Some people may already have acquired some of the skills on the list.  Those people can help teach other members in your group what they already know.  Any skills from the list that are unknown can be divided up and learned among various members of your retreat group or family unit.

  1. Basic First Aid
  2. Hunting
  3. Fishing
  4. Firearm Shooting and Safety
  5. Archery Shooting and Safety
  6. Gardening
  7. Curring/Smoking meat, poultry, and fish
  8. Knife Sharpening, axe sharpening, saw blade sharpening
  9. Soap Making
  10. Hide Tanning
  11. Candle Making
  12. Lard Rendering
  13. Survival Fire Making
  14. Food Storage/Canning
  15. Composting
  16. Temporary Survival Shelters
  17. Food Foraging/Regional Foraging skills
  18. Weather Sense
  19. Animal Tracking
  20. Animal Snaring
  21. Land Navigation
  22. Greenhouse Construction/Off Season Plant Growing
  23. Home Security/Retreat Security
  24. Animal Husbandry
  25. Water Location & Purification
  26. Photovoltaic Energy/Power Source For Home and Retreat Locations
  27. Survival Psychology
  28. Primitive Tool Making
  29. Herbal Home Remedies
  30. Off Grid Waste Management
  31. Sewing
  32. Milking (livestock)
  33. Butter Making
  34. Primitive Cooking/Baking
  35. Cartridge Reloading
  36. Brick-making
  37. Home/Retreat Defense
  38. Field Dentistry
  39. Construction Concepts (Modern Structure and Log Home Construction)
  40. Trapping
  41. Sling/Sling Shot Construction, Accuracy Skills
  42. Archery
  43. Field Dressing Animals for Food
  44. Honey Bee Keeper
  45. Make Your Own Fuel Briquettes (grass, sawdust, animal dung…etc…)
  46. Basic Engineering


There are hundreds and hundreds of skills that a person or group of people acquire over their lives.  The skills listed above are just a handful of skills that could come in handy during a disaster or survival situation.