5 Basic Survival Skills

5 Basic Survival Skills

Unlike people who find themselves skilled in the outdoors, many people will never find ourselves in a situation where we want survival skills. Nevertheless, if faced with this case it is handy to understand some basic skills to be able to survive long enough being rescued. There are 5 basic survival skills that everyone should know. These are: your attitude, how to get water, building protection, building a fire, and making sure you have a eating place.

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If you are caught in a situation where you will need survival skills the main of all will be your perspective. By attitude I mean you have to feel like you are going to survive. It adds no value if you lose hope. Emergency situations will turn to your primal instincts, those instincts and some learned skills will see you through most any tough spot.


It is important to remember that you can make it with no food for 3 weeks, but only 72 hrs without water. For this reason this skill is an essential after taking stock of your attitude. One thing to know is that normal water naturally will manage downhill, so that is the place you will find it. In addition, you need to be aware of dog tracks. You can often follow tracks right to a water source. Wildlife need water just as much as you do to survive, and they’ll know of any offered water sources.


If you believe that you will have to immediately before being rescued the next order of business is a shelter built. This doesn’t have to be a mansion, but something substantive ample to keep the elements like rain, snow, as well as wind off you. You need to build your shelter with enough room in order to lie down. Your body heat might help keep your shelter comfortable, so the smaller the space the warmer it can be. Preserve valuable energy by making your shelter as fundamental as possible.

Flames will be the next ability that will come into play. This is an important skill due to the fact losing body temperature can kill you just as quickly as lack of h2o and food. Developing a fire will also are important once you find a source of food. The most important part of developing a fire is the place. You will want your flames to be as small as feasible so that it uses significantly less fuel. The fire must be located in a place where the wind will not setback directly on it; typically a large boulder works well in this situation. The next elements you will need are tinder, kindling, along with logs. The tinder will certainly spark the fire. Kindling helps you build the fire up. Logs are your major source of fuel for your fire.


Maintaining your energy up is critical in survival, you will end up burning a lot more energy than you are employed to burning. There are some standard guidelines in foraging for food. Contrary to popular belief plants are not your best avenue in a emergency situation. If you do not know very well what you are doing you can actually turn out poisoning yourself. There are many food sources which are a sure bet. Virtually any mammal that has fur is edible and will supply good nutrients. Just about all insects, the six-legged assortment, are edible also. Sticking to these two resources will ensure that you keep fueled.

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