50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do

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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.

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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 Heirloom, Organic Non-GMO seeds, you’ll be glad you did.

3. Organic Pest Control

Learn how to get rid of insects in your garden without pesticides.

4. Canning Food

I’m a Master Canner, Preserver and the only book I recommend you use is this one when canning and preserving food: USDA Canning Book

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5. Dehydrate Your Food

6. How To Compost

7. Make Play Dough

Easy Play Dough by Linda
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8. Learn How to Tie Knots

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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

Here are a few suggestions I have: Washing Clothes by Linda

16. How to use a Clothesline

Clothesline by Linda

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17. Make your own Laundry Detergent

Laundry Detergent/Soap by Food Storage Moms

18. How to Bake/Cook Without Power

19. How to Knit or Crochet

20. Grind your Own Wheat

How to grind wheat by Linda

21. Make your own Natural Healing Salves

22. Prepare your Homestead for Blizzards

23. Prepare your Home for Tornadoes

24. Stock Your Pantry

Stocking a Pantry by Linda

25. Grow Herbs and Preserve Them

26. Cook With Cast Iron

Cast Iron by Linda

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27. Plant Fruit Trees for Your Climate

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28. Learn how to Prune Your Fruit Trees

29. Learn how to Purify Water

30. Learn basic Carpentry Skills

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 Below Your Means-Pay off all Debt

33. Prepare an Emergency Binder

My Binder

34. Make Bags To Survive for 72 hours

72 Hour Bags by Linda

35. Learn about Emergency Fuel

Emergency Fuel To Store by Linda

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36. How to make Pancakes and Other Meals from Scratch

How To Cook From Scratch by Linda

37. Learn basic first aid skills, CPR, EMT, or Paramedic classes

Cert Training by Linda

38. Have a First Aid Book in your Home-Car

Survival Handbook

39. Gather your First Aid Products

First Aid Kits by Linda

40. Know how to use Honey for Health Benefits

Honey Benefits by Linda

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41. Learn how to Start a Fire

42. Grow Potatoes

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. Growing Potatoes by Linda

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43. Learn Natural Remedies-Essential Oils

Essential Oils by Linda

44. Eat Dinner Together as a Family-Teach Manners

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

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48. Learn How to Store Water for Emergencies

Storing Water by Food Storage Moms

49. Learn How to Store Food for Emergencies

Food Storage by Linda

50. Save your Rainwater, if your State Allows It

Final Word

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. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda

Pioneer Skills by Food Storage Moms

6 thoughts on “50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do

  • June 2, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks Linda for a great list of these skills The one that I want to work on is #46 Learn to Cook with Solar Power. We live in the Arizona Desert and now I need to purchase a Solar oven. I also think that another important skill is knowing how to mend clothing. This means that one has to have a basic supply of buttons, thread, snaps, elastic, and other essentials to mend. I always have an old fashioned light bulb in my sewing kit to mend our socks. When it comes to SHTF situation, one is not going to be able to run to the store and buy more underwear, socks, a sweater. I also think having an adequate supply of some essential clothing items is wise as this can be a life and death situation, especially in cold weather Another thing to add is how to keep cool without electricity – no air conditioning or fans. When you live in temperatures that are consistently over 100 during the summer months, keeping cool is important.

    • June 2, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Carol, great comment. It’s funny, I’ve been sewing since I was 7 or 8 years old. I assume everyone has sewing supplies, I know better than that! I remember seeing my mother-in-law using a lightbulb to mend socks and nylons. It really makes you think about storing extra underwear. I worry about staying cool as well. Linda

  • June 4, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Wal mart has wash cloths in bundeled packs that are not expensive. I have stocked up around several hundred so far. Toiletries paper takes up so much room and it is money down the drain. With your laundry soap and a diaper pail. You can wash the wash cloths / or dish towels and keep washing them and re using them for years& years.

    • June 4, 2019 at 2:42 pm

      Hi the momma, great comment. I need to go check out those! I stock a lot of “cloth un-paper towels”. Good idea, Linda

  • June 8, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    I read this and then I read your article on storing pine cones and it occurred to me that a good article would be a list of sources and stuff you have purchased and recommend.

    It could be just a list of all your links so anybody new or experienced can go to it and start getting what they need or find a source for gamma lids or where to buy some long lasting, shelf stable butter. I know you are generous and consistent with the links and I am sure others would like to find them easily.

    Getting it all right the first time mean not wasting time or money or being unprepared.

    • June 9, 2019 at 7:27 am

      Hi Frank, you are always so kind with your words, thank you so much, my friend. I have only had one person complain about my links in 7 years. I quickly mentioned to him that if I don’t put the links I get 100 emails or comments asking me where to buy things I’m talking about. I will be more generous with links now. Thank you Frank! You are so awesome, Linda


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