Surviving in the wilderness or even a decimated urban world is not an easy task. Many people work for years to become survival experts, and some of those people might not last a few days in SHTF crisis. This article lays out a plan to make the best use of your time.
1. If you are just starting your journey to avoid becoming a victim, learning the basics is the first thing you want to do. While everyone would like to know how to start a fire with two wet sticks, can you even start a fire with matches? Start small, build up your skills. Once you’ve mastered fire starting with matches, move up to trying to use a fire steel. They’re lots of methods to starting a fire, and you should become familiar with all of them.
2. Never assume you know everything. As mentioned before, many people who think they’re experts find a real crisis more overwhelming than they ever could have imagined. They’re so many ways to learn, and the internet offers methods never before possible. Read blogs, subscribe to newsletters or RSS reeds, watch and subscribe to youtube channels. You can even download podcasts for your car rides. Find which of these work best for you.
3. Try to create a schedule. Set aside regular time for learning and browsing and maybe pick a goal for the month. Keep the topic on your mind, reading or listening to everything you can learn about it. At the end of the month, test yourself and see if your training has paid off.
4. Practice. As mentioned before, test out those skills. Just because you read about lighting a fire with twigs does not mean you know what you’re doing. After you practice a skill, practice it another 100 times. With something as important as staying alive, there is no harm in over practicing.
5. Challenge yourself. A lot of boy and girl scouts know how to start fires and tie knots, but that doesn’t mean they are survivalists. Learn how to light a fire in different ways. Know 20 types of traps. Know 100 different animal tracks. There is no telling what you’re going to find out there in the world, so be prepared for everything.
6. Incorporate survivalism into your everyday life. Set up scenarios to work on your newly acquired skills. Take regular camping trips, start barbecues with sticks, go mushroom hunting and herb scavenging and use those ingredients in your kitchen. The more you incorporate these techniques into your own life, the easier they will be to use in a crisis.
7. Work on your weaknesses. So you’ve become a master fire starter? That’s not going to be to useful if you can’t find any food. If you are bad at trapping, focus on trapping. Knowing what your faults are is key to becoming a successful survivor
8. Don’t stop using what you’ve learned. I know plenty of former boy scouts who could hardly tie a shoelace knot. These skills fade over time, and you should be practicing them over and over again. People forget a lot of things over a life time, so always try to retain trough repetition.
If you follow these strategies, you’re going to find yourself much better prepared when the time comes. Remember, this learning process doesn’t have to be stressful, and making the regimen unlikable is a surefire way to stop doing it. Go camping, go fishing. enjoy the outdoors, get acquainted with your native side. Good luck