Many people have no idea how much oil affects our lives, and thus they have no idea what it would look like to live in a world without oil.
This is a dangerous thought, because our country – as well as many others – have become completely dependent on oil and all of the resources we’ve gleaned from it.
As many of us know, we only have a limited supply of oil; and, whether that supply runs out in the next 5 years or 15 years, the fact is that it the world’s oil (which we depend on for a HUGE variety of products) is a limited resource, and it won’t last forever.
But just how many resources do we use oil for? Here’s a video giving you a general idea. By the way, this isn’t even all of them…
Isn’t that astounding?! It truly is shocking to me how most of us have literally based our lifestyles around oil and petroleum-based products.
And it’s important to remember, too, that the problem isn’t just that we’ll have to do without these products we love; we’ll also have to do without the airplane fuel, and vehicle gas we’ve come to depend on, leaving the methods of importing/exporting goods to return to the old ways before the oil craze began.
Which means, as you’re probably realizing, it is going to be an incredible shock for us when we hit that point where the world can no longer produce these products.
Unfortunately, I’m not a future teller (and I’m all out of crystal balls), so I can’t tell you when the downhill spiral is going to happen.
However, you can rest assured that I am confident about one thing: we need to begin preparing now for when that time comes.
I believe it’s our job to get ourselves out of this mess – and that means learning survival skills that we can use to adapt to the changes we’ll face when there is no more oil left to use.
The list below is not a comprehensive one, but it’s a jumping off point of all the sacrifices and transitions we’ll need to make when we enter a world without oil.
That’s why I need to tell you about…
The World Without Oil: Survival Skills We’ll Need
1 – The Ability To Be In Community
Without a doubt, community is the #1 thing we’ll need to have when the oil crisis occurs. This is because we as humans are wired for connection – we are built to be in relationship with other people, and long to be known, seen, and loved.
However, due to many petroleum-based products such as computers, tablets, and cell phones, the world is quickly losing its patience and adeptness for community. The more that social media and cell phones rule our lives, the more our “communities” tend to be shallow-level friendships without much substance to build trust or a strong foundation on.
Once these technological luxuries are no longer here, many people are going to be in the deep end, lacking in many of the social skills needed to earn trust, respect and friendship with their fellow man.
And trust me, even though many preppers have bought into the fantasy of an isolating survival experience with only their family/spouse by their side, this existence is not only detrimental to your emotional health, but it also prevents you from gaining the valuable resources, survival skills and relationships that other people can provide you (which can greatly enhance your chances at getting through an SHTF situation).
That’s why it’s imperative that we all (young, old, and in between) begin working at these relationships now. We can start talking (really talking) to our neighbors, and organizing dinners and other social gatherings with those friends we don’t see very often. We can meet new friends and keep the old, ever expanding our social circle.
Before cell phones and tablets, people – believe it or not – would actually talk to one another on buses, and say hello in elevators. We can still go back to those times again once these distractions are no longer in play.
By forming deep, trusting relationships with those around us, we will not only have lasting friendships which can enhance our lives, but we’ll also have access to others’ survival skills and abilities that we wouldn’t have otherwise.
Note: Want to learn how to meet more preppers just like you? Click here to find out.
2 – Hunting, Fishing, and Dressing
Without plastic and a lot of other petroleum-based products, the way that food is now prepared and stored in grocery stores will become vastly different.
As such, it’s my opinion that if you want to eat, you’re always better off killing, skinning and dressing your own food.
It’s also crucial to use every element of the animal – especially in a survival situation. For example, you can wash out and sanitize the intestines, and use them as water bladders. The intestines, as well as the other organs and animal parts, have a variety of other survival uses as well.
Another thing to consider is the livestock you currently have; you’ll need to make sure they’re kept healthy, without the use of medicines or de-wormers. This is because these products will likely go away (or become outlandishly expensive) when the oil is gone.
3 – Preserving Food
Once you’ve killed and dressed your game, you’re going to want to make use of every bit of that meat – which means you’re going to have to store it and preserve it effectively.
And, since many refrigerators utilize propane, this can be a real conundrum for a lot of people.
As such, we can turn to processes like canning, fermentation, salting, curing, and dehydrating food in order to make our food last.
Note: Our blog has a variety of information on these processes. For example…
- Click here to read about 5 ways to store meat without refrigeration
- Click here to learn how to live without a fridge
4 – Knowing Your Way Around a First-Aid Kit
It’s scary to think about how many medicines and medical conveniences we use today are made from petroleum. And, when the oil is all gone, you can bet the medical community will be clamoring for a substitute for all the medication and medical supplies they won’t be able to restock.
As such, it’s crucial that you know your way around a first-aid kit (and that you have a well-stocked first-aid kit in the first place). These medical supplies, such as abdominal pads, compression bandages, splints, burn cream and eye wash, can easily save your life in a crisis.
However, these supplies can’t save you if you don’t own a well-stocked first-aid kit. And when SHTF and the oil is gone, it’s going to be MUCH more expensive to buy the petroleum-based medical products you need at that point – that is, if you can get them at all.
Note: It’s also important to keep in mind that nature provides solutions to many of our medical needs. You can read about them in our blogs below.
- Click here to learn about 7 Native American natural cures for disease
- Click here to discover 5 natural alternatives for pain relief.
- Click here to read about 7 weeds that heal naturally
- Click here to find out which 6 plants will prevent dehydration
- Click here to discover which controversial medicinal plants can be used for survival
It’s also a great idea to do your research on current, common medical practices. Seek out first-aid courses and other educational classes to keep your skills up to date. YouTube can also be an excellent resource for helping you learn new medical skills.
5 – Gardening The Old School Way
Gardening without petroleum products will involve a new reality of using manure and compost instead of petroleum-based fertilizers, and hand-powered/animal-powered tools rather than gas-powered or petroleum-powered devices.
Seed saving will also become a vital process, as preppers will need to salvage every last one of these seeds to grow their own food.
We’ve got some helpful information about this topic on our blog…
- Click here for important tips for saving survival seeds.
- Click here for 6 things you must know before buying survival seeds.
- Click here to discover the cool way compost can heat your home.
6 – Get To Know Your Powerless Tools
There’s not many things I love more than my power tools; after all, they make my job WAY easier and faster, giving me more free time at the end of a project. However, when there’s no more petroleum-based power tools to use, it’s important to consider other alternatives.
That’s why it’s a great idea to start getting reacquainted with your old powerless tools. Although far less glamorous, these tools have gotten the job done for years, and will continue to do so even when SHTF.
And it’s not just powerless tools like screwdrivers and hammers we need to worry about – it’s also our petroleum-based washing machines, dryers, refrigerators and dishwashers, as well as many others.
Not to mention you’ll have to get used to living without the store-bought fabric softeners and laundry detergents, since those are made with petroleum too. Crazy, isn’t it?
We have a few blogs on our site that’ll help you with the transition…
- Click here to learn how to live without a fridge
- Click here to learn how to make your own soap for survival
- Click here to learn how to make your own laundry detergent
- Click here to discover how to do your laundry without a working washing machine
- Click here to learn how to make your own primitive survival tools to replace your petroleum-based ones.
I know it isn’t pleasant to think about, but the day is coming (and coming quickly) when the oil and petroleum-based products we know and love will be gone – or will be far too expensive to purchase on a consistent basis.
That being said, we need to begin preparing ourselves now with the necessary survival skills and survival tools in order to be prepared when that day arrives.
Survival Frog wants to help make this transition as easy as possible; that’s why we have a variety of products to help you become prepared for what’s to come.
Each of our survival products is dependable and built to last, and many have a variety of uses, making them extremely handy in a multitude of situations. After all, why own multiple survival tools when you can have a few with tons of uses?!
Living in an oil-free world is truly possible if you’re prepared – and to be completely prepared, you’ll need the right tools by your side to get the job done. Stock up now by clicking on the images below.