Everyone should at least know a few survival skills. In this post I will teach you how to make a fire, build a shelter, get food, get water and signal for help.
- Building a shelter– You should know how to build at least a basic shelter even if its just under a tree with some insulation. A shelter need to be able to protect you from the element (rain, snow, heat, etc,). If you found a cave you could use that as a shelter. Get creative theres lots of ways to build a shelter.
- Finding water and filtering it- Theres many ways to do this from digging a hole close to a river or lake to making a primitive water filter. One of the easiest ways to filter water is boiling it for about 10 minutes. If you want a water filter I suggest you get the sawyer mini or a life straw.
- Fire making– Without fire you can’t boil water or cook a freshly caught squirrel. Theres tons of ways to make a fire from a tepee to a log cabin fire. You should learn at least 3 ways to make a fire it doesn’t matter if one of these is with a lighter or matches. Here is my favorite way to make a fire: Gather tinder, (dry grass, easy lighting bark, a marshmallow, etc,) pencil lead size sticks, pencil size sticks, thumb size sticks, 2 pieces of plat wood big enough to be a platform. Put your tinder on the flat piece of wood thats your platform and use the other piece as a shield against the wind. Next light your tinder and put the led sizes pieces on top of your tinder. Once the flame is coming up through the wood add pencil size sticks and then thumb size sticks. Finally put large pieces of wood on top.
- Food- Finding food isn’t as important as shelter in a survival situation but that doesn’t mean you should neglect this skill. In your survival kit you should definitely have MREs but in a survival situation you may not have food with you.Theres lots of ways to get food from snares to gathering. Become familiar with edible plant in your area.
- Signal- If you ever want to get rescued you need to have some signal to rescuers. Theres tons of different signals from making a signal fire to making a flag. One way is to find an open field and make a giant x with logs for planes. Another way is to use a signal mirror.
Well, that’s the 5 basic survival skills everyone should know. There are many more survival skills but, those are the basics. Have a question, suggestion or comment? Feel free to post them right down where it says comments.