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Look back to your first days of prepping. In most cases, you probably made some mistakes and did some things you shouldn’t have. Maybe made some purchases that didn’t need to be made, well, that’s all part of the process.
It takes some time to settle into the world of preparedness. You get an understanding of what you really need and how much. You also gain confidence in your skills.
How much have you improved since the beginning? Let’s just talk skills. Do you have any idea how much better you are at building a shelter or making a fire than you were when you started?
Have you improved at all? Not just your knowledge but your actual physical skill in all of this. What are you capable of now that you weren’t before?
Getting Better at Bushcrafting
There is only one way to go and that is to measure your bushcraft skills.
Doing something like taking a bushcraft adventure with minimal gear will put you in the hot seat. You will quickly be able to tell how vulnerable you are and what skills you need to work on.
Don’t go miles off into the woods but be sure that you are deep enough to deal with the wild resources. Still, have a quick out plan in case you bite off more than you can chew and need to quickly get to safety.
No matter how you fare on a simple bushcrafting trip, you will learn so much about your skill level. Can you make a shelter to actually keep you warm? Can you make a fire in multiple circumstances and can you find and filter water before boiling it to drink?
If you answer no to any of these questions you are going to have to step up your game in the latter part of the year.