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12 Rare Skills That Will Come In Handy When SHTF

12 Rare Skills That Will Come In Handy When SHTF


Not all of these skills are “rare”, though some are. The important thing is that you will need at least one, (and hopefully more than one), skill that you can use not only to survive, but as a means of trade. No one can do everything. Learn skills, and develop your community. – Shorty Dawkins

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If you’re at all familiar with the world of prepping for natural disasters or other life-changing, cataclysmic events, you may have made some simple provisions of your own. You’ve decided that having a bug out bag is a good idea; you’ve stocked up on nonperishable items in your pantry; you have a plan for where to go and what to do when the SHTF. But at some point in a survival scenario, a difference appears between those who can simply survive and those who can thrive.

Skills that are more complicated than foraging for food or building a simple shelter will be highly sought after. If you can develop a proficiency in any one of these 12 rare skills, you’ll not only be able to help yourself survive comfortably, you’ll also be able to trade your skills for other people’s resources.

1. Butchering

If you are one of the few people that can quickly and efficiently butcher an animal, consider yourself a shoo-in for every hunter’s favorite trading partner. Skillfully dividing an animal into edible proportions is harder than it looks, and it may be so valuable that you’ll never have to do any of your own hunting and instead take a percentage of your customer’s kills. Bonus points if you can utilize the firs and skins of the animals as well.

2. Animal Husbandry

Animals are more valuable when they produce more meat, more milk, or can be harnessed to help you get more work done. Those who are skilled at animal husbandry will have the knowledge to make these resources more productive. This means people can do more with less and can breed strength into their animals and weakness out. It is also a skill worth paying for.

3. Plumbing

Plumbing may not sound glamorous, but it is one of the most essential needs of a healthy society. Sanitation is vital to community health, and a plumber specializes in making sure the unhealthy stays separated from the clean. A fair amount of physics knowledge, mechanical ingenuity, and problem solving is necessary for anyone to be proficient at plumbing. With this in mind, many plumbers can repair just about anything, from fixing pipes to fine-tuning complicated pressure systems.

4. Home Brewing

In a survival scenario, home brewing will no longer be an illegal moonshiner’s game. While dabbling in making your own alcohol is a good way to make yourself sick, skillfully brewing a vat of delicious spirits just might save your life. Aside from the sanitation benefits of making your own alcohol, you can trade it for resources and ingratiate reluctant group members with it.

5. Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing is one of the most useful skills anyone could have for long-term survival. The ability to shape metal is what separates successful civilizations from stone-age ones. Not just anyone can smith well, however; there is quite a bit of science to learn and much trial and error for anyone to master the craft. If you’re experienced, you can expect the majority of your community to be needing your skills.

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