Knowledge takes time to develop and everyone in your family, including the kids, should learn these basic skills. I’ve been deployed all over the world and the one thing I’ve learned is to make sure your entire team is up to speed on everyone’s job. That way, if one goes down due to illness, injury, or God forbid death; the team or family unit can survive and thrive. Remember, it’s not just about the physical survival, it’s also the spiritual, mental and emotional that counts as well! I’ll try and follow the rule of 3’s. Basic Survival Skills.
- How to build shelter.
- Quick shelter out of a tarp and some rope.
- Lean-to out of trees or surrounding rubble.
- Set up a tent.
- Build a bed.
- How to start a fire and keep it going for warmth, water, and food.
- How to dress for the conditions.
- Layering for cold weather.
- Proper foot wear.
- What kind of gloves to have.
- How to make a poncho for wet weather out of common household items.
- How and when to stay hidden from danger.
- How to sew to fix clothes, sleeping bags, etc.
- How to use an off the shelf emergency filter.
- How to boil water over an open fire.
- How to identify better water from bad (pooled vs flowing, etc).
- How to make a gravity water filter.
- How to use chemicals to treat water.
- How to forage for plants to meet dietary needs and medicinal values.
- How to hunt small game with snares, traps and sling shot.
- How to open canned food without a can opener.
- How to hunt and fish.
- How to clean your wild game and fish.
- How to tell if food is too spoiled to eat.
- How to cook on an open fire.
- How to safely use a knife.
- How to shoot a sling shot.
- How to use a bow and/or firearms.
- Basic first aid.
- Basic hygiene practices.
- Self defense.
- How to make a basic weapon and how to use it.
- Be able to run and walk a good distance and be in generally good shape.
- How to climb a tree to get away from predators, get directional barrings, and hunt.
- How to read a map and use a compass.
- How to read the sky for directions, time and approaching bad weather.
- Know where family and friends live if they need to find them.
- How to bargain and trade.
- How to be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Have faith, moral values, something to believe in that will get you and your family through the rough times.