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Five Critical Survival Skills You Need To Master

Nature contains all the resources that we need in order to survive, but the trick is knowing what to do with them. When hiking, camping, or “bugging out” to the wilderness, you need to know what you’re doing.   These skills are often referred to as bushcraft.

Bushcraft is a group of interrelated skills that can help you survive and thrive in the wild with nothing more than a backpack and nature’s resources.

Bushcraft decreases your dependence on store-bought supplies and, in theory, you could survive with nothing but a knife. So even if they run out, there is no need to panic because you are confident in your ability to use the natural resources at your disposal.

Although bushcraft focuses more on wilderness survival, it also teaches us to make the most with what we have even in urban survival situations.

Here are the five most important skills that you need to know and practice along with links to bush craft videos showing just how to acquire that particular skillset.  

  1. Fire – you need to know how to start and sustain a fire in any weather conditions, what tinder works the best and what fire-starting tools you need to have in your pack or preferably on your person.  
  • Knots – You need to know how make the most of the cordage you have with you.  You can muddle through without knowing proper knots, maybe but you will run the risk of failure and use up more cordage than you would if you knew how to do it the right way.
  • Cutting tools – You need to know what knives, saws and axes or hatches  hold up the best, how and when to use them and how to maintain them.
  • Purifying water – water is necessary to life, but it can also kill you if you drink contaminated water. How do you filter and then purify it so it is safe to drink?  What alternatives are their to boiling water?  What are the best containers for boiling water?

Watch the videos suggested (and take a look at other videos by these instructors) and then go and practice those skills until you have perfected them and they have become second nature.   You can learn them individually or as a family, but everyone in your group needs to know these basics.

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