50 things everyone should know how to do. You could call these vintage skills, pioneer skills or just plain skills. It all comes down to learning skills to teach the next generation. Some of these are practical skills, many are must learn skills, and others are fun skills. I would love to make this list 100 skills with your comments, so let’s get started.
Some of the ideas I have listed we all do and some are a little harder to master for some people, including me and my husband. I really believe we will need all of these skills and much more, but this is a great start. I bet some of you took sewing classes in Home Economics and woodworking in a shop class, and so on.
Keep in mind, we won’t learn these skills overnight, we will have to take the time to learn them. Some we’ll be eager to learn and others we may never be interested in at all. I get it.
50 Things Everyone Should Know
1. Gardening skills based on your location and your climate.
2. How to save seeds. Remember, GMO seeds can’t be used the next year after they are harvested, they will not reproduce. Buy only non-GMO seeds, you’ll be glad you did.
3. Learn how to get rid of insects in your garden without pesticides.
5. Dehydrate your food.
6.How to compost.
7.How to make play dough.
8. Learn how to tie knots.
9. Train your dog(s).
10. Change a tire and change the oil.
11. How to hunt wild game and dress it out.
12. Learn how to fish.
13. Learn how to clean and cook fish.
14. Learn how to sew and quilt.
15. How to wash clothes without electricity.
16. How to use a clothesline.
17. Make your own laundry detergent. Laundry Detergent/Soap by Food Storage Moms
18. How to bake without power.
19. How to knit or crochet.
20. Grind your own wheat.
21. Learn how to make your own natural healing salves.
22. Prepare your homestead for blizzards.
23. Prepare your homestead for tornadoes.
24. Stock your pantry.
25. How to grow herbs and preserve them.
26. Cook using cast iron.
28. Learn how to prune your fruit trees.
29. Learn how to purify water.
30. Learn basic carpentry skills and buy a few non-electric tools in case the power goes out for weeks or months.
31. Learn how to use alternative power sources.
32. Live within your means and pay off all debt.
33. Prepare a grab and go binder with important documents.
34. Put some things you can use in a box or bag to survive for 72 hours, at the bare minimum.
35. Learn about charcoal and which ones work the best.
36. How to make pancakes and other meals from scratch.
37. Learn basic first aid skills., CPR, EMT or Paramedic classes.
38. Have a first aid book in your home and car.
39. Gather your first aid products and organize the ones you need most often.
40. Know how to use honey for health benefits.
41. Learn how to start a fire in a safe location.
42. Learn how to grow potatoes in pots or in the ground, buy organic and you will always have some potatoes to eat. I love digging for potatoes. They are one of the easiest vegetables to grow.
43. Teach yourself how to use natural remedies such as essential oils.
44. Eat dinner together as a family.
45. Play board games with all electronics turned off.
46. Learn to cook using solar power. Cook with a Sun Oven by Food Storage Moms
47. Buy old cookbooks from thrift stores, they have great recipes.
48. Learn how to store water for emergencies. Storing water by Food Storage Moms
49. Learn how to store food for emergencies.
50. How to save your rainwater, if your state allows it.
51. Reader, John: how to safely use a firearm for protection from 2&4 legged predators & hunting
Here’s the deal, whether you have a farm, home, apartment or a homestead these are 50 things at the very minimum we need to teach our families. May God bless our world and our families.