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list real world skills that will help in a collapse

 
AlkaliDesert

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11/15/2012 05:37 PM
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Re: list real world skills that will help in a collapse
Nursing skills
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27826345

Mid-1900s or earlier nursing skills. Most current nursing teaching assumes access to technology and medicine, and offers little or nothing about what to do when it is not available.

A decent wilderness first responder course is likely to be more useful than a nursing degree.

How to:

Hunt

Cook

Find water

&

Defend


I don't what all of this "soap making" bull is about.

When shtf, smelling good will be the LAST of your worries.

Some people are so disconnected with reality, it's shocking.
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Um, soap is about more than just smelling pretty. Soap helps with cleanliness; cleanliness helps reduce the chance of infection.

Soapmaking is unlikely to be a particularly useful skill for immediate survival. But long term? Heck yes.

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Re: list real world skills that will help in a collapse
Um, soap is about more than just smelling pretty. Soap helps with cleanliness; cleanliness helps reduce the chance of infection.

Soapmaking is unlikely to be a particularly useful skill for immediate survival. But long term? Heck yes.
 Quoting: AlkaliDesert



True. I love how these Rambo types think about the dangers of survival but forget that in a real survival situation the most dangerous killers are bacterial infections. Most soldiers in WWI died from minor wounds that got infected from living in trenches full of shit not at the hands of the enemy/
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Um, soap is about more than just smelling pretty. Soap helps with cleanliness; cleanliness helps reduce the chance of infection.

Soapmaking is unlikely to be a particularly useful skill for immediate survival. But long term? Heck yes.
 Quoting: AlkaliDesert



True. I love how these Rambo types think about the dangers of survival but forget that in a real survival situation the most dangerous killers are bacterial infections. Most soldiers in WWI died from minor wounds that got infected from living in trenches full of shit not at the hands of the enemy/
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Also, oral hygene is important.
AlkaliDesert

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I don't think they were talking about just diapers....
 Quoting: *Evan*


Oh FFS, do I have to spell out everything?

If you're a female having your period (which, from your username, you probably aren't), fold the freaking t-shirt and stick it in your underwear.
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I don't think they were talking about just diapers....
 Quoting: *Evan*


Oh FFS, do I have to spell out everything?

If you're a female having your period (which, from your username, you probably aren't), fold the freaking t-shirt and stick it in your underwear.
 Quoting: AlkaliDesert


Oh boy, for the last time, I have no concern about all that nonsense.

I was just being sarcastic. Didn't know you guys wouldn't pick up on that..
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Re: list real world skills that will help in a collapse
1. Organic Gardening and Seed Saving: Skills involving food production will be the most valuable in a post-collapse society. Learning to grow your own food is a must. Obviously, it is necessary to feed your family, but you will also be able to trade your abundance for other items. Additionally, learning to save seeds will also provide another excellent means of trade.

2. Food Processing and Preservation: Learning to process and preserve foods will be another huge skill in a post-collapse world. Taking seasonal abundance and preserving it for future consumption or trade will be vital. Remember, learning to do this with limited electricity is a must. This can also include learning to brew beer , mead, vinegar , or other alcoholic beverages from meager ingredients.

3. Hunting, Fishing, and Gathering: Learning to fish and hunt is essential to survival. Having the proper gear and training will be priceless after the collapse of modern civilization. Having reference guides for edible plants in your region, repairing weapons , trapping wild game, and fishing are great tools to have if you haven't the time to learn them now. In regards to weapons, your ability to use them also gives you the skill of working security.

4. Animal Husbandry: Notice the first four categories are related to food production. It's that important. Just gaining knowledge of one of these categories will give you an invaluable skill to thrive in a post-apocalyptic world. Knowledge of animal husbandry can provide endless amounts of sustainable meat, eggs, and milk to you and your tribe.

5. Construction: Construction skills will be very important in a shattered civilization. These skills, especially without power tools, are not something you learn overnight. If you have some basic skills it may be worth learning a few techniques for building small structures with crude hand tools. There are many books teaching anyone how to build basic cabins, sheds, and composting outhouses.

6. Alternative Energy and Fuels: Having the knowledge to implement alternative energy systems will make you a wealthy survivor in a "dark" world. You can learn to build your own alternative energy systems, or you can purchase back up solar generators in preparation for emergencies. There are also small fuel refinery systems available like the biodiesel Fuelmeister , and the new invention from Japan that turns plastic into oil. Knowledge of how to create energy would be invaluable when oil is scarce.

7. Water Purification: Since it's difficult to pump well water without electricity and with surface water likely to be contaminated, clean water will be in very limited supply. Learning to purify water will allow you thrive during this time. You can also purchase water filters for your go-bag that will last weeks, and you can have back-up tablets should you need them. However, the skill and knowledge to purify water should be the goal as that can never run out.

8. Basic First Aid and Natural Medicine: This is another skill that can take years to develop and learn, but that will be crucial when supply lines of pharmaceuticals are cut off and hospitals are over-run. Knowledge of growing herbal gardens for making medicine at home will prove to be very important. Learning basic procedures for stitching wounds, CPR, and more will also be of great assistance. Being the tribe's shaman with a natural medicine chest is a prestigious position
9. Mechanics: Mechanics for cars, motorcycles, tractors and other machinery will likely be in high demand. In addition, bicycle mechanics will also fair well in world where fuel is very expensive or hard to come by. These are also skills that are not learned over night, but it will be wise to at least have access to books or how-to videos.

10. Soap and Candle Making: With long supply lines decimated and electricity on the fritz, soap and candle makers will provide a valuable product. Clearly some preparation of storing raw materials may be needed to achieve trade-able levels of these goods. Even if you just had the knowledge to make soap or candles just for your immediate tribe, you will be much better off for it.

To start you off.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27794506

A very intelligently written posting that was intentionally thought out and communicated well.
Anodyne339

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Re: list real world skills that will help in a collapse
How to manage women and young babies WITHOUT the benefits of nappies and pads..

ANYONE ever thought of that?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16712005


It's called cloth.
 Quoting: The Light Under the Door


And lets say you dont HAVE any?

ARE you going to carry twenty bolts of pad and nappy grade cloth around and tear off strips for the next 30 years as the need arises?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16310625


First, you don't need to carry around "twenty bolts;" cloth is washed and reused until it falls apart. Survival doesn't allow the luxury of "Ew, that's gross!"

Second, I know how to make cloth. And clothes. And shoes. And coats/hats/socks. Without electricity. cool2

Not that I need the pads or diapers personally, just saying.

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