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Last Updated on by Noni May
When we think of someone who enjoys ‘survival weekends’ or spends time outside as much as possible, we think of a gruff guy with a beard and a flannel shirt. But why? Everyone has a right to survival, and so survival skills are democratically available to all. Sure, someone may be physiologically stronger than you, but that in no way determines how well you can use and apply survival skills in the best setting. In fact, learning a few of these skills can help you feel a little more confident in yourself, and can provide a wonderful couple of wildlife weekends with your friends.
This can not only help you take on lengthier hikes or feel more comfortable traveling across the world, but practical skills like this can be useful in ways you may not expect. Getting started can be the first hurdle. You may need a few simple yet elegant tools, such as Scrimshaw knives to pocket, a survival kit in your vehicle and some good, comfortable clothing. With that in mind, you may find power learning the following techniques:
Starting a fire can be a relatively simple procedure, but it can also be hard for those who have yet to understand how. You may learn the wooden stick whittling method, where in careful and patient friction you create a means in which to cause sparks in dry bark, allowing you to cause a small fire to feed. Perhaps learning how to use a flint and tinder can be the next step. How to feed and adequately maintain a fire within safety standards can also be important. When you know how to achieve that, many new practical options open up to you.
A shelter can be a fantastic thing to learn how to build, even if it simply keeps you out of the rain for a small amount of time. Through using leaves, combined branches and elevating the ground as well as possible, you can provide shade and a brief respite from harsher weather conditions in general. This may also give you somewhere to sleep should you need to, allowing for a sense of protection and comfort at night. YouTube channels such as Primitive Technology showcase just how far you can go with simple skills and logic.
Basic fishing can potentially secure you dinner in a pinch. While learning how to hunt is not always appropriate depending on where you live and what licenses you have (nor is it a basic skill), fishing can be readily learned and may not require a certain license depending on where you set up your rod. From learning how to bait and cast a line to how to respectfully prepare a caught trout, taking a few weekends to really enjoy this natural process can be fun. If you’re not interested in eating your catch you can simply throw them back to their natural habitat, and still boast a practiced skill.
With these three things, you can ensure that your survivability has increased by a large margin. Not only that, but you’ll feel more confident in the great outdoors.