Extreme preppers of reddit, what are some unlikely and probably odd survival skills or talents that everyone should have just in case a random life or death scenario calls for it?

Finding my limit of exhaustion then knowing how to manage it and make the right decisions. I experienced getting sick while soloing in rough country and bad weather. Once I got home, my wife still doesn't believe me when I say I was confident and had lots of options despite losing all my energy to illness and having consumed all my water carry with 4 more kms of rough terrain to cover. I learned a LOT about myself. Hard skill to learn without real tough experience.
Absolutely. I grew up pretty independent and was taught to get myself out of a situation if I could. Famously I got lost on a local mountain and ended up in a village 8 miles from where I lived. Phoned home and asked my Dad for a lift; "no. I'm having my tea".
Since then I'm pretty blasé about travelling and the bloody public transport system cancelling trains on me. I also carry a nights worth of supplies pretty much all the time. It's come in useful when I'm 30 miles from home and there's no busses and nobody's offering lifts.
I think a commonly under-appreciated skill is knowing how to tie a variety of different knots well. And also knowing which knot the situation calls for.
I think using the incorrect knot could definitely lead to your 'undoing' in a life or death scenario.
Rope work! I am going to bet very little of someone’s total time in a survival situation is going to spent on the combat skills and will be mostly getting drinkable water and tying knots To improve your living and cooking situation
Being able to throw something really hard and fast. Rock a stick or even a spear.
When hiking I usually keep a few nice rocks in my pocket. I'm out of practice but I used to play hobbit games while walking, picking targets and try to hit them to keep aim. I suck at it but a good slinger is literally deadly with a good stone too. Lost art.
Throw shade with snappy passive insults.
I'm ready!
I’ve been practicing using a sling like in the Bible David vs Goliath a sling is easy to make or improvise in the moment or even just have as a bracelet or necklace ready to deploy
Everything I think of isn't really that "odd".
One skill I think is underlooked is landing planes, another is trapping and baiting. I don't see that mentioned much, if at all.
Freeze drying and canning are also good skills, but largely based on some basic info about food safety and equipment, not much of a nuanced "skill".
Hm, just in case the pilot and co-pilot die I should be able to land a plane lol, I want to learn to bait. Never heard of freeze drying or canning. How’s that work?
Unless you regularly fly as a passenger in light aircrafts it's useless, really. In all extreme situations, there's a clear chain among the crew members as for who would replace pilot in case he'd be unable to control the aircraft for whatever reason. In an absurdly unlikely scenario you'd end up doing it - you must simply know the most basic radio operations to contact anyone else and explain your situation. They'll tell you what to do next. FYI: Every modern airliner can land on its own with most rudimentary input that can be passed onto you from the control tower via radio.
Being able to improvise and use a lockpick.
This. As said below it's easy to luck into picking a lock with the right tools, but knowledge and practice cut the average time and increase success rate considerably.
Also very useful but very funny to explain to the officer that yes, this is in fact your house and you forgot your keys
Do you have any good brands of lock picking sets? My little brother broke my favorite rake.
I heard it’s a lot easier than people think. And that a lot of locks are basically the same just with different designs. I want to learn this
I choose the 22 nail blank driver!
Learning not to panic. Common sense leaves your body when you panic. One hobby that me and my gf have fun with is putting together go-bags for different situations. It's fun and after you start making them then if a situation occurs your brain can lock on to what items you should grab in a particular scenario, that way you don't panic and end up with 15 things you don't need, 5 things you might need, and 1 useful item and end up over encumbered with things that are just gonna further complicate your situation.
This is really smart. I feel like I'm always getting stuck in the "how many Kimonos will I need?" stage of bag planning.
What kind of go-bags do you have now and what are in them? Also how do you find a scénarios and find items for its go bag? Also x2 how do you prepare for a random shooting?
Very concerning to me that this, which is the most common advice, has this many upvotes as if it wasn't common knowledge to this subreddit. The acronym is STOP. Sit, think, observe, plan. If this falls under "odd or unlikely" than I'm very worried for users here in real survival situations.
This is a skill every one should learn today, and use every day. Keeping calm in a dangerous or stressful environment can make all the diffrence. I have been a few situations where panic would have ended badly.
Using your nose, ability to smell things. This can help with gathering as well as warn of danger.
At an early age my dad would take me morel hunting. He knew lots of spots to go to. Some just a step off major roads or even college campuses. Others a trek into deep brush in farmlands and old forgotten strip pits near the Mississippi.
Every once in a while he would stop, close his eyes, take a deep breath and smile. He would then quietly, as if hunting game, ask me “Do you smell them?” He then had me close my eyes and breath deeply through my nose. Then we began the hunt. Some of our best trips came from this method.
And I still not only do this when mushroom hunting but looking for wild blue berries, black berries and mulberries. I also recognize that at an older age I used this to Identify smells of solvents, sulfur, ammonia and other chemicals that can be threatening. At one point I smelled a raccoon before it got to my stringer of fish while walleye fishing in the middle of the night. But that fight is a different story.
This legitimately sounds like a scene you would see in the beginning of an apocalypse survival movie. Very cool.
Wow, can you really learn to smell THAT well?
Tool making. Knives, axes and even a poop spade. It's a skill that is getting more rare
Poop spade?
Or at least be able to make and replace handles for metal tools, that's also handy. Like fixing an old axe.
Hardly a skill but a handy tidbit of info is to use your hands as "dishes" around the back of your ears. It sounds dumb but it substantially increases your hearing if you need it.
Does it? I need to test this out more lol
Ability to convince people to work together
True, being a leader is always great
Take a wfr class and now how to read a map/compass
Wfr? I always wanted to learn how to use a compass but never found a use for it. I know it’s important tho
Understanding how fight/flight/freeze works in your nervous system and affects your decision making post-event, and having a practical method of down-regulating that works for you.
Can you explain more on this? I’m intrigued
You gotta always be ready...... FOR THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE!
A coordinated community of survivors is 100x more effective than a lone wolf with a bunch of guns.
Water purification.
Good tactical land navigation skills. Having a set of good topos for your operating area, combined with good map and compass skills contributes to tactical mastery of your domain. Also, all gov't agencies (FEMA, the military, police, SAR) are supposed to use The National Grid, which is MGRS. If the authorities are an asset for you, you can call them in for rescue. If they are your adversary, and you can monitor radio traffic, knowing MGRS will tell you where they are going.
Great, you killed an animal. Now what?
Everyone should dress some wild game once or twice in their life just to get hands on with the process. Start with fish because that's probably the thing you'd come in contact with the most in life or death survival.
I feel like being able to hold your breath for more than 2-3 minutes can help just in case you find yourself underwater
Probably, but it's much different in an emergency situation. When you're body is under physical or mental stress you consume far more oxygen. Holding your breath in the tub for 2 minutes is far easier than fighting for your life underwater for 2 minutes.
Still a good skill to have, just don't count on your two minutes of breath actually lasting 2 full minutes.
You’ll need 2 things
I’ll cross post but I also just want regular and unexpected answers, like being able to hold your breath or something
- Knowing how to get out of a frozen lake if you fall through the ice
- knowing how to get out of a sinking and submerged car
- knowing how to deal with various animals... for example, for some you run, for some you fight, for some you bluff, for some you freeze
- knowing how to survive a fall with minimal injury... from the ground, a rooftop... or from a plane
- someone JUST broke into your house... right now.. what are you going to do?
How to make improvised replacement parts using basic hand tools.
Points on a distributor go out? Tin can and some tin snips.
Firing pin on a firearm break? Old drill bit shank and a file.
How to sharpen a chainsaw and put a new chain on.
Idk if this would be considered weird or not, but being a "gray man". Learning thingd like situational awareness and spotting potentially life threating situations before they happen. I can't really think of anything else thats weird that hasn't already been mentioned.
Soaping the pot before using on a fire Sewing on a button. How to squat and shit without falling backwards. How to properly insulate the floor of your shelter. How to properly clean a wound.
Wow that is very informative, honestly thank you for telling me this cause I love buying MRE but now I can learn to make my own lol
knowing how to sew, and stitch up a wound or a dog toy can help you out more than you will ever know. Being prepared for the unexpected is where you really can pull through.
Suturing is for a clinical setting. The odds that suturing a wound by a layman is the correct thing to do is virtually zero. If someone is deeply cut using pressure, absorbing dressing, and elevation plus time is the best solution.
There is a more through explanation of this in the sidebar.
First aid and trauma training.
Understanding clothing, fabric, sewing
Electronics, repair, assembly, salvaging
Governance, farming, basic systems of organizing people so it doesn't become a warrior aristocracy
Being able to deep throat a banana with no problem
Filing your taxes. Once the new world order establishes itself they're going to want part of your resources.