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Rules and Skills of Successful Survival and Preparedness


Rules and Skills of Successful Survival and Preparedness

A big part of surviving any bad situation is knowing how to interpret and handle a snafu so it doesn’t become a total disaster. This means being ready to take on challenges, even unexpected ones, which means being prepared more than anything else. Remember: you can’t prepare for the unexpected, but you can prepare to be surprised, so it might be best to follow a list of rules and skills that can help you to overcome numerous bad situations, like the ones we’ve outlined here.

The first rule of successful survival and preparedness is that having more skills makes you more likely to survive. What this means is actually pretty simple. You could have tons of non-perishable food, clean drinking water and medical supplies stored, but what happens when those supplies run out? What happens when you need to hunt, or forage, or farm for the food you eat, rather than just open a convenient package and chow down? Even if others are better at growing food than you, someone still has to bring the seeds.

The second rule has to do with other people, or more specifically, how you interact with them. Unless you’re planning on being some lone wolf who relies on nobody for anything, you’re going to have things you’re good at doing and things you’re not so good at doing. While we do espouse self-reliance and efficiency, the fact is that there is more strength in numbers than in going it alone. Looters, raiders and the like have a much easier time ripping off a single person than a large group of people. Plus, having more people in a community gives that whole community access to more skills and knowledge.

The third rule is one you’re probably well aware of already. It’s something practically everyone has learned at some point in their lives, unless they happen to be extremely sheltered or naïve. That is, some wolves wear sheep’s clothing. Trust is not something that should just be given away. It is already abused today, in society, and that abuse of trust would only become worse when people are desperate, hungry and looking to survive by any means possible. Not everyone is your friend – you should already know that, but it deserves a mention on this list.

Let’s get off the rules and into the skills for a moment now. Recognizing opportunity is one thing, but knowing how to get the greatest benefits from any given opportunity is a real skill that many people just don’t have. In almost every situation, it’s possible for you to come out ahead, or at least in a position that’s not as bad as it could have been. Turning the tables on others is a skill you should learn and practice now, before it becomes a matter of life and death.

Continuing with skills, knowing how to invest for the future is definitely a useful skill for apocalyptic times. Precious metals like gold and silver might be good investments today, but if society breaks down and people break up into little warring tribes, that’s really just useless metal. A large seed bank full of non-GMO seeds that will bear true produce with true seeds that beget more produce, well that’s going to be a lot more valuable to most communities than chunks of metal that aren’t really good for much but being shiny. Recognizing what’s really important and investing properly is definitely a skill.

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Must Know Wilderness Survival Skills

Must Know Wilderness Survival Skills

Many readers ask us, “What are the top, must-know survival skills for wilderness survival?” It’s kind of a loaded question since people living in different environments will have different, specific needs that may never come up for other people living in other places. However, these five wilderness survival skills are guaranteed to be helpful, regardless of where you find yourself.

One of the most important skills for anyone trying to survive the wilderness is the how to create shelter when none can be found. This means pitching tents, building perimeter fences, creating lean-tos and mud shelters, all of these. These are easy skills to practice now, while the world is still holding together. Just take your family camping, or have them help you put up a fence at home, or build a lean-to in a wooded area. These can be fun activities that teach important skills you and your family can use later, after things fall apart.

Another very important skill for wilderness survival is being able to find a sense of direction, even without things like GPS units and mapping apps. People are far too dependent on technology today, but where would those same people be if suddenly electricity came at a premium, and their devices didn’t have that entire infrastructure behind them that keeps them working? This one is pretty easy to pick up though – the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. This makes north and south easy to orient yourself to as well.

Perhaps the most important skill of all for wilderness survival is knowledge of how to forage or hunt and find food and water. You could have all of the medical supplies, guns and ammunition in the world, but you’d still be checking out of this world after about 4 days without any water, much less if you’re often on the move and working your body. There are tons of books and papers on this topic so the information is out there. Learn to recognize which things are edible and which are not. This could end up saving you from much more than an empty stomach – it might just save your life.

Knowing how to build a fire is useful for more than just parties on beaches. It could be the difference between you freezing to death on a cold night and living to see the sun come up in the morning, or the difference between eating cooked food that won’t make you sick and days of gastrointestinal distress. Magnifying glasses, batteries and other items can be used to get a fire going, but not if you don’t know how to use them.

Lastly, traveling during daylight hours is infinitely easier than traveling after the sun goes down. In fact, if you’re going through woodlands or a big field or really any other environment, it can be difficult to spot hazards during evening hours until you’re right on top of them. This can get you killed. This one isn’t really a skill so much as common sense, but it’s guaranteed to help you regardless of where you find yourself.

Why You Should Start Growing Food at Home Now

Why You Should Start Growing Food at Home Now

There are many immediate benefits to growing some of your food at home, rather than buying it all from grocers and markets. These include saving money on grocery bills, having access to fresh produce that isn’t full of pesticides, and getting exactly what you want even when it’s not “on sale”. These are just the benefits which are immediate and easy to see though. There are others which may not be so apparent, but which are just as valuable after some consideration. Here are a few of those reasons, in no particular order of course.

Gaining gardening knowledge is about much more than just reading a book. Like practically anything else, reading about it and actually doing it are very different things. Knowing how to grow food now could be the difference between having something to eat and starving later, when you’re in a survival situation and you can’t just go to a store to pick up what you’re looking for. Tilling soil, installing irrigation, using fertilizer and planting seeds are all things that take some practice and effort to nail down, but they’re also very useful skills you can count on in a desperate situation.

If you are living in the North, then you might want to consider indoor growing instead of outdoor. For that reason, having high quality LED grow lights will give you greater yields than you would normally get from just relying on the sun up in the sky. People closer to the equator can probably just ignore this, but in environments where sunlight is scarce and daylight hours are few, an extra helping hand can make a huge difference. The only issue here is finding some way to power the lights if the electricity goes out, but there are ways of beating this problem.

Growing food isn’t for everyone. However, how will you know if you’ve got a green thumb or not, if you don’t try in the first place? Part of developing skills is finding out the things you’ve got a natural talent in doing. These skills will naturally be easier for you to pick up and develop over time than, say, something you’re terrible at and have no interest in doing. It’s important to have a regular food supply, but if you’re terrible at growing things, finding out now can save you a lot of grief and misery later.

With that said, you may want to check out for more information regarding LED grow lights. These will allow you to grow food even during cold, wintry months where practically anything planted outside would freeze up and die. Because you can’t just not eat for 4 months (or more) out of every 12, this is actually quite the poignant point. It may not be ideal, but solar collectors can take that sunlight from outside and run it into your growing room, which feeds your plants while keeping them nice and warm. Other energy sources like batteries might also do the job here.