As mentioned in the Survival Overview, supplies are always a good thing to have and it’s a good idea to start gathering and purchasing supplies whenever you can. Like having a jack in your car or a condom in your pocket, it’s better to have one and not need it than to need one and not have it.
However, learning survival skills is without a doubt the smartest and most important thing you can do that will save your life and those closest to you. A box of food will run out, your skills will not.
A box of matches will run out, the knowledge of how to start a fire in the wilderness will never run out. Someone handing you a million dollars is great. But when the money runs out, it would have been nice to have known how to make the million dollars in the first place so you can make it again. Get the point?
Okay so now I think you understand the idea of what skills can do for you and why you need them, but thinking about survival, what skills should you learn, where do you start? Good question. Let’s start with what you already know. Do you have a good foundation of self defense? Then build on it. Have you ever been camping or been in the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts? Were you ever in the Military, the Navy? Do you know how to tie a knot? Find cover and concealment? Do you know the difference between the two? Do you know how to build a signal fire, or a smokeless fire? Do you know how to get found or where to hide?
Keep in mind that there are a million different skills you could learn to help you survive in a million different situations, so it’s not possible to cover every skill you should know in this article. There are people who have spent years in the military special forces that still don’t know everything there is to know about survival. So the idea is to start building your skill sets and develop them as you go.
In this article, I will cover some of the basic skills you should know and some of the advanced skills you can practice and develop.
Also, a note on survival gear. If you have survival gear, such as a knife, fishing line and a hook, a fire starter kit etc. it will help and it’s great to have, but the main point you should take away from this is that you have to know how to use the gear you have. If you don’t know how to use a fire starter kit you may as well be caring around a paper weight.
Your gear is going to be useless unless you learn how to use it and practice using it. If you live in an apartment in the city, and maybe you don’t have a car, then rent a car or go with a friend to somewhere outside the city where you can practice your skills. You don’t have to go everyday, but you should go a few times to get comfortable using the skills we’ll be talking about below.
And there are other skills (other than starting a fire in your apartment) that you can learn and practice in your apartment, such as knot tying, first aid, reading about navigation, finding food and water etc.
There’s always a way to learn and practice these skills. Also, after you go through this material, expand your knowledge and start learning from other sources. I have researched a lot for you, and I’m giving you a great place to start, but you should take the next step after you finish going through this material. I will recommend some places to continue learning after you go through all the information here.
A List of Survival Skills:
Starting a fire.
This is something that will serve you no matter what happens. You can start a camp fire, a fireplace or a signal or survival fire to save your life. It must be something from our Hunter-Gatherer roots, but knowing how to start a fire is always impressive. It seems like every woman respects a man who can start a fire, and a man is always impressed and surprised when a woman knows how to start a fire. So learn.
How to find food:
How to find clean water:
DIY Weapons and spears:
Basic and DIY First Aid:
How to build a shelter:
Navigation – knowing how to find N, E, S, W with or without a compass:
B List of Survival Skills:
Build shelters for extended living periods, in relative comfort
Escape and Evasion
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