Basic Bushcraft Skills for Every Prepper – Again

We’ve covered this one before. Everyone has covered this. But it bears repeating. Consider this post the yearly reminder: Bushcraft Skills are a must!

 

There are several, general and basic skills every single prepper needs to know.

Angela Williams of the Survivalist Blog wrote out eight – eight that really count. Here they are (make sure to see her original list too for better insight):

Hunters, outdoorsmen, survivors, and country folks know the following to be true: when or if a disaster strikes, there are certain things one must know to make it in a less-than-modern environment. This is especially true if the lights and other amenities go out for a while or during a long-range bug out.

 

Know well the following skills:

 

One. Water, Water, Water, H. 2. O.

 

Water is critical. Loss it for three days and tell me how it feels? Strike that – just learn to find and purify the stuff for drinking. Or die.

Two. Fire.

 

Fire is heat, cooking, lighting, communication, defense, comfort, and something to do in the woods. An active tool, it really is your best friend.

Three. Shelter.

 

Unless you’re stranded in the wild by the beach in the tropics, shelter is kind of a must – right behind water and fire. Learn how to construct a minimum varieties of emergency structures. This is all the more critical if you’re in the cold.

Four. Food.

 

This one might be tied with fire and shelter. You can make it longer without food than water (three weeks versus three days) but do you really want to? Food can be found in the wild in most places. Learn to locate it and prepare it.

 

Five. Learn to Use Your Tools.

 

The right way. All the tools in the world are useless or worse if you can’t properly use them.

 

Six. Get Your Mind Right.

 

Survival is mental as much as physical. Everyone handles the stress of a bad situation differently. Yet, you must adapt and be able to handle it somehow if you want to make it. Some soul-searching consideration and testing is in order here.

 

Seven. Weather.

 

Whether you like it or not, you may have to weather the weather. This is beyond your control, the conditions of nature. But you can prepare for most of them and execute accordingly.

 

Eight. First Aid.

 

At a minimum, carry a good medical kit – a trauma kit if possible. And it pays (as with all the other tools) to know what your doing. Learn – take a class or two or read a book – about the basics of basic field care.


“Acquiring the 8 bushcraft skills discussed is the first steps in learning outdoor survival bushcraft skills. Bushcraft skills are easy to learn with practice and incredibly helpful. If you do not possess these skills, chances are that you will fail if lost in the woods for an extended amount of time and I believe that’s something you do not want – so get to work.“

-Williams

 

This is sound advice. It bears repeating. In fact, please repeat this yourself – pass it on!

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