The Top 5 Invaluable Hobbies for When SHTF

Do you know how to get ready for a catastrophe and still have fun doing it?  How are you preparing for a post-collapse society?


After many years of working hard I finally realized that we do not live to work, but instead we should be working to live. After realizing this, I started trying out many different activities to find out what I like doing best. I bet many of you can already guess that my first instinct was to try self-defense and camping, and you’d be absolutely right.

Self-defense was a constant for me throughout my adult life, and it gives so much more than just knowing how to protect yourself if the need arises – from staying calm under pressure to quick decision making in dangerous situations, and most of all, it gives you the confidence that you can accomplish anything and fear is just our body’s way to keep us on our toes, not debilitate us. Camping is also a great way to get ready, since the skills you learn translate directly to your everyday life – thinking on your feet, improvising, and using materials around you for quick fixes for example.

In today’s post we’ll cover the top 5 hobbies (or pastime activities) that will be invaluable in a post-collapse society and will make you a prominent community member, contributing with skills you do for fun.

Advanced Tip: Do, do and do some more, you’ll be surprised from which activities you enjoy the most, but you’ll only know for sure if you try them out!

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#5 Self-Defense
Coming in at number 5 is self-defense – yes, it’s one of the most important hobbies but not the very-most important hobbie. Self-defense can be any martial art, from Krav-Maga to Aikido, Karate, Sambo and so on, it really doesn’t matter which one you select, only that you do. It will give you the ability to think on your feet, stay calm under pressure, and give you confidence even when things don’t look too safe. This directly translates to our everyday lives, when for example, we have to walk through a dark parking lot or past a group of suspicious people. Knowing that you faced trained opponents and survived (or even overcome them) goes a long way. Remember that most people who would want to harm you are not trained and most definitely are not disciplined, so having these skills will give you a great advantage. Being able to teach others these skills in a post-collapse community will make you one of the favorite people around as you inspire others.

#4 Woodworking
Working with wood is invaluable during normal times, by making furniture, tools and fixing things around the house. But during a post-collapse situation, being able to build houses, tools, furniture, defenses and more will go a long way, and even in the outdoors you’ll have an easy time setting up any wood related contraptions, from traps to shelters and anything in between. Many times, this excellent pastime becomes a full time job as people get better at it, since good looking, solid wooden furniture are always in high demand.

#3 Gardening
Gardening is one of the oldest and most important skills to have – it will give you the knowledge of where to grow the plants, what plants support one another for stronger and faster yield, how to care and maintain plants for fruits and vegetables, and how to have a good crop all year round. Gardening in a post-collapse situation will be one of the main building blocks of any society, since without food and shelter people will revert to their most basic, animalistic selves and no community will be able to survive without these basic physiological needs.


#2 Camping
Sleeping outdoors is very different than sleeping at home, and I’m not talking about an RV or even a luxury tent with folding beds. I’m talking about a simple mat and sleeping bag with a small tent, or an overhead tarp for sleeping in the outdoors. Having the first-hand knowledge and ability to sleep anywhere, and to bushcraft simple items from materials found in nature is invaluable for any survival situation. Sleeping outdoors could be very difficult, especially if you are over the age of 30, when your back and joins sometimes start to act out. Getting used to less hygienic environments and everything that comes with it takes time and practice, and it’s much better to start now than during a highly stressful, post-collapse situation. Knowing these skills and being able to teach them to others will make you a very beloved individual in any post-collapse community.

#1 Fitness
Hiking, tracking, running, weightlifting, skiing, skating, biking or any other high energy activity is an invaluable skill at any given time, and even more so during a post-collapse scenario. Being able to move about with ease, lift weight and perform physical activities will be crucial in the highly stressful and very physical world of a post catastrophe. All other activities will revolve around being physically fit, from farming to camping, gardening and anything else we’ll do. Anyone who can teach or show other people the best ways to become more physically fit will be an asset to any post-collapse society. Starting the day in the outdoors after sleeping on a hard surface and waking up to the cold, wet morning is not the most pleasant, so doing some yoga or PT (physical training) for 10-15 minutes to get things moving, will warm you up and give you that fresh and energized feeling so you can start the day with a bang! (trust me, it works!)

Honorable Mentions

  1. Blacksmithing
    The ability to prepare a metal smelter and templates and craft tools, armor and weapons will be an invaluable skill in a post-collapse society, as weapons will be very difficult to come by. Being able to build hard shelters from protective walls, vehicle-armor and hedgehogs for roadblocks will be immensely beneficial for any compound’s security.

  2. Gunfighting
    Being able to hold, aim, and hit targets with a firearm is an invaluable skill, and being able to teach others the tricks of the trade is even more so in a post-collapse society. Most people have never held a gun and think that hitting things with it is automatic as they see in hollywood movies. But the reality could not be farther than that, and anyone who fired a gun can attest that pointing the weapon forward does not guarantee a hit, especially when you have to quickly reposition for a followup shot.

  3. Instructing
    Being able to teach other people is a very important skill that takes time to master. You must be patient and understand that different people learn in different ways, some learn by seeing or hearing, others by doing. Using the demonstrating, training and supervising method can help you make sure people really grasp what you want them to learn.


To Sum Up:
Realizing that we can do a whole lot during our pastime is the first step to becoming prepared for what will come after a collapse. Using this time to learn new skills, become more fit and try new activities to find what you really enjoy doing is the best way to become ready for what comes during any survival situation. So the best tip is to just try the activities mentioned above, and even if you don’t enjoy something, at least you know, first hand, how to do it. If you do find something you love, you’ll be one lucky person before, during and after a catastrophe.


Now it’s your turn:

What is the top hobby you’d like to try out, that will benefit you in a post-collapse society?
And what hobby are you practicing right now that will benefit you in a post-collapse society?

Leave a reply in the comments section below – I read each and everyone of your comments!

What’s Next

In the next post we’ll have a fun, fictional discussion about the modern age’s most burning question: How to deal with Zombies! After all the rage about zombies in the latest movies, TV shows and comics, we’ll see the interesting and surprising solutions of how to deal with these drooling, rotting biters.

I can’t wait to share all of this with you.

So, until then – Stay Safe!

Your friend always,

Roy Shepard

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