If you had to survive in the wilderness alone, without luxuries like camping equipment and communication devices, how long do you think you would survive?
Due to our increased dependence on technology, we as a society are becoming less self-sufficient. Fewer and fewer people know how to make a fire without matches, build a shelter, hunt food, purify water and gather nuts and berries. If Armageddon hit, let’s face it, most of us would not have a chance of survival.
However, all is not lost. By learning just a few skills and following a few tips, you can become an entirely self-sufficient survivalist. Hopefully, you’ll never end up alone in the wilderness, but even if you don’t, you’ll definitely be able to whip out your survivalist skills on campingand hiking trips.
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Suss out your situation. Calmly assess any immediate dangers.
Utilize your senses and good judgement. Making rash decisions is likely to end badly (and takes away major survivalist points).
Remember where you are. Try to orient yourself. If you’re lucky enough to have a survival kit with a compass, work out which way north is and try to figure out a route to safety.
Vanquish negative thoughts and feelings of panic.
Improvise with what you’ve got. The best way to be self-sufficient is to be resourceful and creative with any equipment you have with you and anything you can find.
Value your life. The best survivalists have a strong will to live. Don’t give in to apathy.
Act like any animals you can see. Remember, animals are the ultimate survivalists. You can learn where water, food, and shelter are just by watching.
Learn basic skills. If possible, become as self-sufficient as you can before you have to be a survivalist. Learn how to hunt, find and purify water and build a shelter.
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Water is vital to any survivalist. If you drink less than two liters a day, you will become less efficient and self-sufficient. If at all possible, prepare yourself and have a water purifierand a vessel to carry water in?
If you find yourself without a method of water purification, you can get water from plants and handmade wells. Sucking the moisture from pulpy plants like cacti can provide some hydration, but be careful never to swallow the pulp. Another option is to dig holes in the ground and wait for water to gather inside.
But survivalists beware: dirty water is dangerous. To be a survivalist, always purify your water before drinking it.
However desperate you get, never drink salt water, blood, or urine. They will dehydrate you, make you sick, and could even kill you.
To become self-sufficient, you’ll also need to learn how to build a shelter.
Use anything you can find, but make sure you choose to set up camp away from anywhere that is likely to flood, have falling rocks or trees, or be ridden with insects and wild animals.
So it’s time to put down your iPhone, GPS, laptop, and iPad, and get a little bit, Robinson Crusoe.