Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned survivalist, take the time to practice building a shelter or identifying edible plants. I believe in always staying on top of your game with these 5 outdoor survival skills which can literally save your life in a survival situation.
1. Building a Fire
Learning different methods of how to build a fire is important. The easiest way, of course, is to use a match or a lighter.
It is important to remember, however, that you should never rely just on these 2 methods alone – your lighter could run out of fluid or your matches could get wet. Primitive methods are important for EVERYONE to learn.
The following methods are great to practice while you are camping:
Learning how to build a shelter is another must-know skill to increase one’s chances of surviving in the woods.
While you’re camping, you most likely will have a tent and an air mattress with warm blankets. However, one day you could be in these same surroundings without these luxuries, therefore, building a shelter is a skill that you will need to learn to protect you from the elements and quite possibly – predators.
The following article, written by Ruth England (co-star of ‘Man, Woman, Wild’) gives detailed instructions and viable information on how to build different types of shelters.
Another must-have skill is water purification. Purifying water is so important.
If it looks clean, purify it anyway. Water that has not been filtered or purified can lead to serious illness and sometimes death due to bacteria and other waterborne pathogens.
The following article, Wilderness Survival Tips: Water Purification, discusses the dangers that can arise from dehydration and drinking unpurified water. Also, you will learn different methods of how to purify water in the wilderness.