7 Things You Should Do Before SHTF

Preparing for when SHTF is a never-ending process. Even the most prepared people in the world can still improve their survival plans a little bit.

Picking up a few new survival skills is always a good idea, and if you do it consistently, you’ll be much more prepared for when a crisis eventually happens.

This post isn’t a complete list by any means, but it will give you a good start and give you some good ideas on areas where your survival plan might need some work.

Physical Fitness

This might surprise some people, but hauling and handling your survival gear will be difficult if you’re seriously out of shape.

You don’t need to be a full-blown athlete, but if you can walk for a few miles and do repetitive heavy lifting now as part of your daily routine, then you’ll be much more likely to survive when SHTF.

There’s no need for rigorous workouts. Simply going for a daily walk and doing a few bodyweight exercises is enough to keep you reasonably fit.

Cooking on an Open Flame

You might be wondering why something like this is even on this list…but let me explain.

Cooking on an open flame is different than cooking with an oven. It’s also harder than using a barbeque because a barbeque is designed for you to cook on it, while a campfire has no extra luxuries that make cooking easy.

You might not “need” to know how to cook on an open flame now, but if you want to eat tasty and wholesome meals in the worst case SHTF situation, you need to know this skill.

Try it for yourself and notice how different it is. Keep practicing and you’ll come up with ways to make it easier and your food taste better.

Natural Medicine

Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs will be scarce when SHTF. You can stockpile them, but at some point they’re going to run out.

That’s why it’s a good idea to learn about natural medicine. Many of the things we take drugs for today have natural alternatives.

Essential oils are a good place to start, though there are many other things that will work, too. And you can find them in nature.

Ammo Reloading

Ammo is expensive, and if you’re on a limited budget, you might not be able to buy as much as you’d like. If that’s the case, you should look into ammo reloading.

This is where you buy the parts that make ammo as separate components. Instead of buying whole ammo cases, you get the bullets, casings, and powder separately and combine them yourself.

That way, you save on the cost of manufacturing that ammo companies pass on to you and you can reuse the cases a few times as well.

Skinning and Butchering

Going hunting and bringing back your kill might be satisfying, but it will all go to waste if you don’t know how to properly skin and butcher an animal.

In fact, simply removing the guts the wrong way could spoil a large part of the meat…for example, if you puncture the animal’s stomach while trying to remove the innards.

First Aid

It’d be nice if you could get through a crisis without getting hurt, but realistically you or someone you know will suffer some sort of injury.

If you know first aid, you’ll be able to treat them and reduce the chances of something going wrong.

Plant Identification

What happens after your food stockpiles run out? Hopefully, you also have a garden and know how to hunt or fish, but even then it’s still a good idea to know how to forage for edibles.

Get yourself a good book on edible plants in your local area, or better yet, find a guide who will personally show you which plants are good and which to avoid.

What are you planning for when SHTF? Is there anything missing here? Let your fellow preppers know in the comments below!

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