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At the highest levels of preparedness you find that much of survival comes down to being able to process various types of materials. What types of materials can you work with and what can you make out of them? There is a phase where you buy all the things you need and then you graduate to the idea of carrying less and being able to create more from the base materials around you. I am talking about manipulating wood, metal and the creatures of the woods.
Do you know how to work with deerskin to create things like shoes or clothing. Deer skin has been used as clothing for a very long time. This means it will be effective in an emergency as well! What can be done to assure that you are able to utilize these resources? Well, it all comes down to practice. Get to it!