In order to be a good survivalist, you need to get the basics down. The following compilation breaks down the top seven skills that every survivalist must have in order to last the first few days.
7 – Basic First Aid.
You’ll never be able to make it very far if you don’t know how to take care of yourself. Make sure that you know how to clean a wound and how to properly bandage it. Also, know different methods for dislodging an item in your throat is helpful, especially if you will be away for a long period of time.
6 – Self Defense.
You should know how to protect yourself against others, without the use of weapons. There are plenty of free resources available to teach basic self-defense techniques. Most people have an innate ability to defend themselves in critical situations, but brushing up a bit wouldn’t hurt.
5 – Reading a map and using a compass.
Reading a map and using a compass may seem commonplace, but in today’s world a compass is becoming a thing from the past. If you rely heavily on GPS guided directions or get mixed up with your directions easily, spending some time with a compass and a map of the area can give you some good practice.
4 – Building a shelter.
It’s important to know the basics here. If you ever do get lost or something happens to your shelter, it’s good to know how to rebuild. As a general rule of thumb, shelters should always be slightly elevated from the ground. Pay attention to your surroundings and find materials that will help accomplish your overall goal. Use tree branches to build the floor and roof, while lining the roof with large leaves.
3 – Gathering food.
You won’t last very long in the wilderness if you don’t eat anything. Be able to identify wild fruits and vegetables that are edible. Also, be familiar with fishing and the basics of hunting small game. You can only last so long on fruits and vegetables; at some point you’ll have to get some type of protein.
2 – Finding water.
Being able to locate water is a great skill to have. It is essential that you stay hydrated out in the open. You’ll also need to learn how to identify if water is safe to drink. You can tell how safe water is to drink by the location you found the water, the murkiness of the water, and by the amount of particles in the water. As a general rule of thumb, upstream is usually better than downstream. No matter where you find the water, it’s always a good practice to boil and filter the water before you drink it. This way, you’ll be minimizing your chances of ingesting any bad bacteria.
1 – Making a fire.
Making a fire is the most important survival skill to have because without a fire, you can’t boil water, cook food, or have a steady light during the evening hours. Remember, it’s always a good idea to start a fire by burning small brush and working your way up to large logs. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try to start a fire with flint.
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