Imagine you are in a post-apocalyptic world, when the economy has collapsed, and it’s every man or woman for himself or herself. It doesn’t matter how much money you’ve got with you, you are on your own. Your dollars, euros, pounds – well, they are worthless in such a world. You can survive only by bartering your skills.
Indeed, this is an important part of being a prepper – you need to have skills that you can barter for things that you need to survive and lead a decent life, even in a doomsday scenario. When you exchange goods for survival, you risk exposing yourself as a prepper. The last thing you want is to be targeted by desperate and needy people, who will no doubt harass you and your family for food and other essential supplies.
That’s why you would be much better off bartering your skills to survive, rather than your supplies. When you barter skills, you are seen as an important member of the community and nobody would want to hurt you.
Indeed, there will be a lot of people who would come to your aid if you come under attack, as nobody would want to lose someone as valuable to the community as you would be, as long as you have the skills worth bartering, such as…
Gardening: Gardening is one of the easiest skills you can pick and perhaps the most useful. Everybody needs food during a crisis, but only a few know how to grow fruits and vegetables. Learn how to grow vegetable gardens; this will make you very valuable indeed.
Home Construction and Repair Work: Following a catastrophe, which could be a natural disaster such as an earthquake or a man-made one, such as a war, there will be a great demand for construction specialists. If you have the skills needed to repair damaged houses and do something as simple as fixing the broken roof, that would make you very popular in a post-apocalyptic society.
Vehicle and Engine Repairs: There aren’t too many people out there who have the skills needed to repair a vehicle when it breaks. Even if you have the most rudimentary vehicle repair skills, that would make you very valuable. Learn how to repair or restart engines or batteries.
Raising Animals: There really aren’t a lot of people who know how to milk a cow, raise chickens, herd sheep, train dogs or ride horses. Learn these skills today as there is no telling when you might need them.
Use of Guns: How good are you at handling guns? It is very important that you should train well on the use of firearms. This can be very useful to you later as you may be given the job of protecting the community against raiders and marauders and organizing the defense. This might even take you to a leadership position.
Water Filtration: Water will become the most precious commodity in a doomsday scenario. Since the water systems will have broken down during this time and all water sources would be polluted, there would be a great need for water filtration systems. If you can learn the operation of the most basic water filtration systems now, you can lead a very good life as a “water consultant” in such a scenario.
Medic: There will be a huge demand for someone who can deliver first aid, treat minor illnesses, and knows how to clean a wound and close an open one. The important thing here is to take on minor medical tasks only, nothing complicated, as you wouldn’t want to be held accountable for people dying because of inadequate medicine.
Midwifery: For women, midwifery is a valuable skill to pick up. You can help other women give birth and save lives. You would be respected by one and all and considered as one of the most valuable members of the community.
In the immediate aftermath of an SHTF scenario, you will need to find a safe spot to protect your family. That’s why you should take an initiative RIGHT NOW and build an underground bunker which can hold 4 to 6 people comfortably for at least 60 days. You can now build your own underground bunker with the help of underground bunker plans from John Hartman’s Family Bunker Plans.