A big part of surviving any bad situation is knowing how to interpret and handle a snafu so it doesn’t become a total disaster. This means being ready to take on challenges, even unexpected ones, which means being prepared more than anything else. Remember: you can’t prepare for the unexpected, but you can prepare to be surprised, so it might be best to follow a list of rules and skills that can help you to overcome numerous bad situations, like the ones we’ve outlined here.
The first rule of successful survival and preparedness is that having more skills makes you more likely to survive. What this means is actually pretty simple. You could have tons of non-perishable food, clean drinking water and medical supplies stored, but what happens when those supplies run out? What happens when you need to hunt, or forage, or farm for the food you eat, rather than just open a convenient package and chow down? Even if others are better at growing food than you, someone still has to bring the seeds.
The second rule has to do with other people, or more specifically, how you interact with them. Unless you’re planning on being some lone wolf who relies on nobody for anything, you’re going to have things you’re good at doing and things you’re not so good at doing. While we do espouse self-reliance and efficiency, the fact is that there is more strength in numbers than in going it alone. Looters, raiders and the like have a much easier time ripping off a single person than a large group of people. Plus, having more people in a community gives that whole community access to more skills and knowledge.
The third rule is one you’re probably well aware of already. It’s something practically everyone has learned at some point in their lives, unless they happen to be extremely sheltered or naïve. That is, some wolves wear sheep’s clothing. Trust is not something that should just be given away. It is already abused today, in society, and that abuse of trust would only become worse when people are desperate, hungry and looking to survive by any means possible. Not everyone is your friend – you should already know that, but it deserves a mention on this list.
Let’s get off the rules and into the skills for a moment now. Recognizing opportunity is one thing, but knowing how to get the greatest benefits from any given opportunity is a real skill that many people just don’t have. In almost every situation, it’s possible for you to come out ahead, or at least in a position that’s not as bad as it could have been. Turning the tables on others is a skill you should learn and practice now, before it becomes a matter of life and death.
Continuing with skills, knowing how to invest for the future is definitely a useful skill for apocalyptic times. Precious metals like gold and silver might be good investments today, but if society breaks down and people break up into little warring tribes, that’s really just useless metal. A large seed bank full of non-GMO seeds that will bear true produce with true seeds that beget more produce, well that’s going to be a lot more valuable to most communities than chunks of metal that aren’t really good for much but being shiny. Recognizing what’s really important and investing properly is definitely a skill.