Prepper Knowledge

Prepper Knowledge Will See You Through

If you ever find yourself in an emergency survival situation without your gear and supplies. Your prepper knowledge and skills could mean the difference between life and death. Prepper knowledge is a crucial part of prepping and it often costs little or nothing to gain this knowledge. Possessing the right knowledge and skills will see you through even the most extreme situations.

Prepper Knowledge Key Learning Areas

Preppers have a great ability of being able to use their prepper mindset effectively when faced with emergency situations. The more knowledge and skills a prepper has the more effective this mindset will be. Throughout the remainder of this article, I will talk about the key areas of prepper knowledge you should focus on. At the end of each area, I have placed a link to a relevant article so you can research the area in more detail.


Depending on your environment and activity levels you can’t survive much longer than three days without water. Learning how to source and store water should be one of your first priorities. Each person needs at least a gallon of drinking water per day. Additional water will be required for personal hygiene, if you are growing your own food you will also need additional water for this. The key water topics you should research are water storage, resupply, and purification. Here is an article that I found useful when beginning my research The Basics On Water Storage, Resupply, And Purification.


It is import to learn how to plan and maintain your food supply. Your plan should include storing ample supplies of food, finding sources to replenish that supply and learning how to preserve food so that it will last as long as possible in a survival situation. Here are two articles that talk in more detail about this subject. 

The Basics On Stockpiling, Resupplying, And Preserving Food

Edibility of Plants

First Aid

At a time when there are no emergency services available you need to have at least a basic understanding of first aid. Having the ability to quickly administer first aid to family members is very important. Acting swiftly with the right knowledge will give you a better chance of saving someone’s life. Some of the key areas of first aid you should focus on are:

  • Stop Heavy Bleeding
  • Clean and Dress a Wound
  • Treat Fever
  • Choking
  • CPR
  • Treat Shock
  • Make a Splint
  • Treat Hypothermia
  • Treat Diarrhea or Vomiting

You can start your research in this area by reading this helpful article 10 First Aid Skills Every Prepper Should Know.


The ability to tie various types of knots can be very beneficial in a survival situation. For example, building a shelter or extending the capabilities of your survival gear. An example of some knots that can be used in a survival situation are as follows:

  • Two Half Hitches.
  • Fisherman’s Knot.
  • Prusik Knot.
  • Trucker’s Hitch.
  • Clove Hitch.
  • Bowline.
  • Taut Line Hitch.

This article Top 7 Knots You Should Know For Survival will help you further your research.

Self Defense

In everyday life, the ability to defend yourself is an excellent skill to possess. It will become even more important if you ever find yourself in a lawless situation where the police and military have lost control. It will then be down to you to protect your family and supplies. To learn more about how to defend yourself in a SHTF scenario check out this link to a list of great prepper defense articles Defense – Prepper Website.


In a survival situation, it is important to be able to determine your location and the best route to get help or find resources. Knowing how to navigate will greatly increase your chances of surviving in an emergency or disaster situation. Failing to learn this skill will cause you to waste valuable time and energy at a time when you should be doing all you can to conserve your energy in order to survive. To find out more have a look at this Survival World Navigation article.


The ability to build a shelter is a basic survival need, especially in bad weather conditions. As a bare minimum, you should learn how to set up a simple tarp shelter to protect you from the wind and rain. Here is a link to a great beginners guide to shelters. A Beginner’s Guide to Survival Shelter: A Prepper’s Primer

Fire Starting

Without the ability to start a fire you will not survive for very long. This is an essential survival skill because you never know when you will find yourself in a situation where you need fire. You can’t always rely on the use of matches or lighters. There are many different methods for staring a fire, you should aim to learn as many of them as possible. Here is a list of various methods of fire starting.

  • Friction-Based Fire Making
  • The Hand Drill
  • Fire Plough
  • Bow Drill
  • Flint Steel
  • Magnifying glass
  • Traditional Lenses
  • Balloons and Condoms
  • Fire from Ice
  • Coke Can and Chocolate Bar
  • Fire from Batteries and Steel Wool
  • Steel Wool

To drill down further into each of the above methods, have a look at 9 Ways To Make Fire Without Matches.

Bush Craft

When caught out in the wild, you won’t last a long without knowing basic bushcraft skills. Bushcraft skills like hunting and trapping are valuable skills to learn. Knowing how to survive in the wilderness could be the difference between life and death. I found this article from the bug out bag guide a good starting point What Is Bushcraft: Survival Skills, Tools, & How To Learn.

Prepper Knowledge Is Key To Survival Summary

When first considering what is involved with prepping the focus often leans towards gear and supplies. These are indeed an important aspect of prepping. However having the right prepper knowledge is just as important if not more so. Once you have learned about the various different types of survival skills, the knowledge will stay with you and be there to call upon in an emergency situation. Learning the key areas of survival knowledge will in most cases cost you nothing but your time.

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3 thoughts on “Prepper Knowledge Is Key To Survival”

  1. Good article. Knowledge, skills and training are key. However, they are perishable. If you don’t continue to practice they can be lost. Consider setting up annual goals to ensure you revisit them, so the skills are retained for when needed most.

    1. Hi Raven, thanks for your positive comments. Your spot on with regards to setting up goals to revisit and retain skills. Great advice thanks again.

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