Honestly, one of the most important things you can ever learn in your life are basic survival skills. You may feel as though you will never need to use them, but to be honest, you also never know when you may find yourself in a situation where you do need these skills!
In this article I want to take a little look at the most basic of the skills and give you some survival tips to get you started. I won’t go into incredible amounts of depth, but hopefully it should give you a push in the right direction so you know the exact things you should be learning about.
Water is Essential to Your Survival
Did you know that you can only survive up to three days without water? It may seem like a lot, but it really isn’t. The longer you go without water, the more difficult it is to function. Therefore, when it comes to survival, getting water as soon as possible should be a top priority.
Tip #1: Learn How to Purify Water
One of the most basic skills you can learn is knowing that you need to keep a selection of supplies ready just in case the worst happens. This also includes ways in which you can purify the water around you in order to make it drinkable. If you can do this, then half of the battle is already over.
Tip #2: Learn How to Construct Protective Shelter
You may think food comes next, but it doesn’t. In fact, you can actually survive for around three weeks without a significant food intake. Instead, your next job is to find shelter. Without shelter, you will die from exposure to the elements.
Shelter will Aid Your Survival
When you are learning survival skills, it is essential that you learn how to create a shelter and where the best places are to construct this shelter. If you can learn this and also how to purify water then you will have already extended your chances of surviving by at least a few weeks.
Tip #3: Learn How to Build a Fire
Next on the list is fire, after all, this is going to provide you with warmth in the cold, which is ultimately going to stop the on-set of hypothermia and related side effects. Remember, you do not need to be in an incredibly cold location in order to suffer from this potentially fatal condition.
It just needs to be colder outside than your core body temperature, and since you are likely to be eating less and thus getting less energy your body is not going to have the required mechanisms to warm you back up, which could lead to death rather quickly. Learn how to build a fire and you will thrive in even difficult situations.
Obviously, fire does more than just keeping you warm. Fire is also an important element in cooking and preparing your meals. Also if you are in an outdoor environment with wild animals around then fire can also give you protection for these wild creatures.
Tip #4: Learn How to Gather or Hunt Food
Next, you are going to need to look into how to source food. In fact, research for this should take place for a long time in advance. You are going to need to learn how to hunt, how to identify the foods that you can eat in the natural environment etc. This is without a doubt one of the most essential survival skills as the food is going to provide you with the energy that you need to survive.
Tip #5: Prepare by Learning Outdoor Survival Skills
Finally, you are going to need to learn a number of skills suitable for the outdoors.
- How to track wildlife,
- How to navigate yourself through new areas,
- How to use a compass.
Sure, it may seem like a little bit ‘over kill’ to learn this stuff well in advance, but trust me, these things, as with anything on the list, could really mean the difference between life and death.
As I mentioned at the start, this is just a brief guide on the most essential survival skills. I do hope that you carry out slightly more research on each of the aspects to give you the best possible chances. Remember, you may think you may never encounter an emergency situation, but honestly, it is better to be safe than sorry!
Survival Skills Resources:
- Family Survival Course
- Sold Out After Crisis
- EMP Survival Guide