Survival Skills You Can Learn Without Leaving Home

As preppers, there are certain skills we need to know that will help us survive during a crisis…but we need to occasionally practice them to keep them sharp.

The problem for some people is that they don’t live near a good outdoor area, like a forest, to practice these skills, or they don’t have time to travel to one.

But that’s OK, because there are plenty of survival skills you can learn without ever leaving the comfort of home. In fact, you can even learn these while sitting on your couch watching TV.  But they’re just as important as any other hard-core survival skills you’d need to master in the wild.

Tying Knots

If you were a boy scout when you were younger, then you learned to tie the most common and useful knots.

For those of you who don’t know how to tie knots or if you need a refresher, practicing at home is a great place to do it.

Get some rope or paracord to practice with and find a good guide to learn from. You can order a book on tying knots or look up a guide online if you don’t want to wait.

Whittling Wood

Whittling wood is an awesome skill to have because it serves two purposes…

First, it’s an excellent way to relax and pass the time. And, more importantly, you can use your whittling skill to create your own custom-made gear.

Here’s just a few of the things you could make by whittling wood:

  • Spear
  • Spikes
  • Feathered wood
  • Spoon

You can add to the gear you already have and save money by carving essential tools out of wood yourself.

Identifying Plants

Knowing how to identify local plants is a skill that could put food on your table and help you make natural medicine.

There are much more edible plants growing in the wild than people realize, and learning which ones are good to eat (and which ones are poisonous) will give you a backup food source if times ever get tough.

Plus, even if some plants aren’t edible or palatable, they might still be useful as ingredients in a natural remedy. For example, plantains can be used to disinfect wounds.

Get a good book and start memorizing as many of them as possible. Even if you only learn one new plant a week, you’ll be well on your way to becoming an expert.

Just make sure the book you’re using is specific to your region. It doesn’t make sense to learn about plants that don’t grow where you live.

Creating Nets

Put your knot-tying skills to work by taking it a step further and creating your own nets.

Catching fish is the obvious reason to make your own nets. If you live by a river, a net can bring in a lot of fish with relatively little work on your part.

You can also use your net to carry extra gear, or even make a hammock so you can kick back and relax after all your hard work.


Trapping is another survival skill that will put food on your table during hard times. Once you get good at making traps, you’ll be able to consistently bring in small game to add to your meals.

Some traps depend on stable objects like trees to work, but there are other types that you can practice making inside your house. Just gather the materials you need from outside one time and then you can practice inside as much as you want.

Know any other survival skills you can practice at home? Tell us what you’re learning in the comments section below!


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