Your Master List of Practical Skills

Camping Skills

  • Cook over an open fire
  • Know multiple ways to start a fire
  • Store food safely outdoors
  • Cook on a camp stove
  • Learn how to tie a reef knot, bowline, sheet bend, clove-hitch knot and when to use them
  • Correctly sharpen a knife
  • Identify edible wild plants and use them in recipes
  • Take a wilderness survival course
  • Learn to hunt both small and large game
  • Choose the best spot for a campsite
  • Pitch a tent correctly
  • Learn how to navigate using a compass
  • Know how to stay cool and warm when there‚Äôs no power available
  • Recognize tracks of various animals in your area
  • Know how to find water in the wilderness
  • Know how to navigate using the sun and stars
  • Know how to survive outdoors in the winter

 

Cultivation/Husbandry Skills

  • Know how to raise, butcher, and cook rabbits and chickens
  • Grow a vineyard
  • Grow and harvest wild yeast
  • Organic gardening and farming
  • Grow and process medicinal herbs
  • Begin and maintain a compost pile
  • Begin or enlarge a home garden
  • Grow and maintain an orchard
  • Bee-keeping
  • Learn basic care of farm animals
  • Learn how to ride and care for a horse
  • Prone rose bushes
  • Plan and care for a flower garden
  • Learn how to correctly save seeds

 

Domestic Skills

  • Make butter, yogurt, ice cream and cheese
  • Make homemade vinegars
  • Make homemade jams and jellies
  • Pickle veggies
  • Make a pie from scratch
  • Carve a turkey
  • Cook with a Dutch oven
  • Make homemade jerky
  • Cook using a solar oven
  • Cook using a pressure cooker
  • Make homemade soup without a recipe
  • Make a good homemade pizza
  • Make homemade baby foods
  • Make sourdough starter and bread
  • Can sauces, meat, produce and main dishes
  • Grind wheat and make homemade bread
  • Cut up and de-bone chicken
  • Dehydrate produce and other foods
  • Sprout seeds
  • Make homemade corn and flour tortillas
  • Butcher a chicken or other small animal
  • Make homemade wine or beer
  • Make homemade candles
  • Know effective home remedies for common ailments
  • Grow and use herbs for cooking and medicinal purposes
  • Know how to wash and dry laundry using alternative methods
  • Teach a child how to read

 

Textile Skills

  • Hem a pair of pants
  • Sew by hand and machine
  • Use a treadle sewing machine
  • Make a quilt using different methods
  • Spin your own yarn
  • Knit and crochet
  • Embroider
  • Patch a pair of jeans and elbows of a jacket
  • Darn socks
  • Make a homemade rug
  • Learn basic upholstery skills
  • Learn basic weaving
  • Learn leather work and tanning

 

First Aid/Safety

  • Purify water
  • Take a CPR, First Aid or Wilderness First Aid class
  • Learn the correct way to do the Heimlich maneuver
  • Learn how to load and shoot a firearm
  • Learn archery
  • Take a CERT training class
  • Volunteer with law enforcement or fire department
  • Take a lifeguard class
  • Learn to swim the four major strokes: freestyle, back, breast, and butterfly
  • Know how to care for an invalid
  • Learn a martial art
  • Create a family evacuation plan
  • Learn a second or third language
  • Learn American Sign Language

 

Personal Care

  • Make homemade lotions and soaps
  • Make homemade laundry soap and cleaning fluids
  • Make homemade toothpaste
  • Learn calligraphy
  • Learn photography, flower arranging
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Take drawing or painting lessons
  • Make toys or dolls by hand
  • Learn massage skills
  • Learn how to cut and style hair
  • Become a master storyteller

 

Trade Skills and Household Maintenance

  • Make homemade solar cooker
  • Make an effective gray water filter
  • How to set up a make-shift toilet and/or latrine
  • Car engine repair and maintenance
  • Appliance repair
  • Make simple plumbing repairs, such as dealing with a clogged sink
  • Learn how to lay tile
  • Learn power tool basics
  • Correctly use hand tools
  • Learn how to jump start a car
  • Change a tire
  • Drive multiple types of vehicles, e.g. motorcycle, RV
  • Know how to use a chainsaw
  • Know how to repair drywall

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