Being a country girl is so much more than wearing camo, jeans, and cowboy boots. Here are 29 things every true country girl should know how to do, if she doesn’t know them already:
1. Start a fire (and keep it going). It takes more than just lighting the match…
2. Load, shoot and handle a gun.
3. Cook with venison. Venison can be very tough and dry if not prepared correctly, but a country girl should now how to make it tender and full of flavor.
4. Know how to stack wood properly. Making sure the stack will stay solid, straight, and dry takes more effort than you think.
5. Catch and clean a fish.
6. Braid hair. This is a given. A simple, great looking hairstyle in minutes.
7. Milk a cow.
8. Drive a stick shift.
9. Ride a horse (not just in an arena or guided trail ride)
10. Change a flat tire.
11. Climb a tree. Yes, I know it sounds strange… But when there are wolves or bears around, it can be lifesaving.
12. Basic sewing and knitting.
13. Use a compass. Or even better, tell direction by the sun.
14. Plant and harvest vegetables.
15. Identify different animal tracks and signs.
16. Identify different types of trees.
17. Know which wild berries are edible/poisonous.
18. Bake a pie. Nothing spells country like homemade pie.
19. Self-defense, throw a good punch. Hopefully you’ll never have to use it, but better to be prepared.
20. Pitch a tent. And, if you don’t have a tent, how to make a shelter from materials in the wild.
21. Basic canning and preserving.
22. Make natural remedies. Know where to find natural sources giving relief for sore throat, bee stings, etc.
23. Sharpen a knife.
24. Fix a broken fences. To prevent the cows or horses from running into the neighbor’s corn field.
25. Rock a ponytail and baseball cap.
26. Use a hatchet.
27. Basic first aid/CPR. This goes for ladies everywhere, country of city.
28. Jump start a car. For when we forget to turn the car lights off…or when helping others. Carry jumper cables in your trunk as you never know when you’ll need them.
29. Drive in the snow. Obviously this skill is for northern states, but being comfortable driving in snow is a valuable know-how.