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It’s easy to think of prepping as a set of lists. So many people offer up lists to those who are new to prepping. In fact, people are often collecting food and gear to deal with a disaster. There is nothing wrong with that unless its your main skill set.
New preppers can get themselves into a pit where they find that their best skill is swiping the card and making a purchase. They can identify the best new piece of gear and buy it. They are master consumers.
What about other skills. Skills have tremendous values and while you can barter for food with toilet paper, you can also barter your skills.
What are some of the top skills that you can use to barter with?
General maintenance is going to be huge, in terms of valuable skills. Once the repairman is too busy surviving to take calls you will need to handle these things on your own.
There aren’t many people who can manipulate metal, today. Making knives and nails will go a long way when you are living through SHTF.
Making new things from wood will also go a long way. Building and rebuilding structures is a big deal and will be following a disaster.
All medical skills will have value in an SHTF situation. These are very hard to find and replace.
Setting community-level security is a big deal and if you have the expertise and maybe even tools for that, well, you will be very valuable.
Remember, while you might not possess these skills today, you have time to deal with and practice those new skills. That is how you spend your time. Be careful how much youtube and tactical website perusing you do!