Some people seem to have a pretty pernicious idea about survival. They seem to think that they won’t ever be in a survival situation, so they have no reason to learn survival skills. Unfortunately, that isn’t true. At some point in everyone’s life, they are going to have to face their mortality. It might not happen out in the Australian outback or the forests of the Canadian wilderness, but it is going to happen.
That’s why we recommend that everyone take their destiny into their own hands and learn some basic survival skills. We’re not saying that people should dedicate their lives to prepping or becoming experts in survival, we’re just advocating for the general public to have a little bit more survival knowledge. That’s the reason we’ve written this guide on the subject. Although this guide doesn’t outline specific survival strategies, it does point out the survival basics that everyone should broadly know.
Skill #1: Learn How To Remain Calm Under Pressure
One of the best survival skills that a person can develop is learning how to remain calm under pressure. One of the biggest threats to any person’s survival is panic under pressure. Panic is what causes a large percentage of poor swimmers to drown, or people to end up getting lost in the woods.
Fortunately, the ability to remain calm under pressure is something almost everyone can cultivate. Just by imagining situations that cause you anxiety and imagining yourself working through them can help you develop that skill when you really need them.
If a person finds themselves in an emergency situation, they are going to want to be able to go down a list of actions calmly to help improve their survival odds. Below are some of the things that a person will want to do when they find themselves in a potential survival situation.
Survival Course Of Action:
- Develop a survival plan and prioritize needs priority.
- Take inventory of the tools and resources you have available.
- Identify how you’re going to obtain shelter, water, and food.
- Become determined to be a survivor and not just another victim.
- Replace feelings of despair or hopelessness with action.
Skill #2: Learn How To Make A Fire
Another important skill for a person to learn is how to make a fire. Being able to make a fire is needed is a survival game changer. It allows the survivor to keep warm, to ward off potential predators, and cook food. Fire also has a primordial effect on the human psyche and can ease your mind—even when you’re in a difficult situation.
There are about a hundred different ways for a person to make a fire as well, and we think that everyone should learn as many of them as possible. One of the easiest ways to make a fire is with a lighter or a fire starter, but those things aren’t going to always be available to you. Therefore you should learn how to make a fire with the following methods as well.
Ways To Make A Fire:
- Start a fire with a glass lens
- Rubbing two sticks together to make a fire
- Starting a fire with a 9-volt battery and steel wool
- Making a fire drill
- Making a fire plow
Skill #3: Finding And Securing Potable Water
Finding water when you’re away from home isn’t easy, especially if you’re out in the middle of the woods. That’s why you need to learn how to not only find natural sources of water but also how to purify that water to make it safe to drink. After all, you don’t want to drink untreated water or you may end up with diarrhea—which can be potentially life-threatening if you’re away from medical care.
Ways To Find Water:
- Learn how to find rivers and streams.
- Learn how to dig a survival well to access groundwater close to the surface.
- Learn how to make a solar still.
- Learn how to extract water vapor from the branches of trees and plants.
- Learn what plants are natural water reservoirs.
- Learn how to make your own water filter.
- Learn how to build a rain catch.
Skill #4: Making A Survival Shelter
The next thing that everyone should learn is how to make a survival shelter. If a person lost in the woods has a car or finds an abandoned hunting cabin that’s a plus, but if those aren’t available, then a person is going to have to learn how to make their own shelter. Some of the shelters that we feel that the average person should know how to make include the following.
Types of Survival Shelters:
- Simple tarp shelter
- Survival hut
- Snow cave
- Debris Shelter
- Bivy sack burrito
Skill #5: Finding Food
Another important wilderness survival skill everyone should know is how to secure food. Let’s face facts, there aren’t any 24/7 convenience marts or gas stations out in the woods, so it’s important for people to know some of the ways that they can secure food in an emergency.
One of the first things that a person should learn is how to make a survival spear—a tool that will greatly increase their odds of hunting or fishing. The next thing they should learn is how to make a primitive fishing kit and then they should learn how to fish with it.
Another thing that a person should learn is how to identify plants and berries that might be edible in their environment. And before we forget, no one should underestimate the importance of learning how to make a fish trap or primitive traps. And let’s not forget about insects—they’re an easy way to find a source of protein. A source of protein that has kept many a survivor alive in the wilderness.
Skill #6: Learn Basic First Aid
Before we go, we’d like to talk about the importance of learning basic first aid. This is a skill that will not only serve a person lost in the woods very well, but it can serve a person just going through their daily life as well. Take a CPR class and learn some basic first aid. That will help you survive a wide range of dangers and make it easier for you to survive.