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How does a prepper grow? How does a survivalist get to a point where their skills have increased enough to really get the job done with less? Well, you can never really find out of you are not always trying new things.
One thing every prepper owes themselves is to rough a night in the woods with a minimal kit. This is like ripping off an old scab! It will become painfully obvious where you need to improve. This will not take a lot of time. If you do not have a handle on starting fire, sanitizing water or even the basics of shelter making, you are going to suffer in the woods at night.
That suffering might come from something as severe as hypothermia or something as benign as mosquitos.
So rarely do we put our skills to the test and its such an important part of doing this thing. We need to be honest with ourselves about where we sit in the prepping world. Its the only way we can ever get better.
When we are talking about a minimalist kit I think we need to have the right clothes on for the situation and have just the basics for addressing the three survival imperatives that we mentioned above water, shelter, fire.
- Bushcraft Knife
- Short Axe or Hatchet
- Ferro Rod
Add more to this list if you are concerned but I would imagine a minimalist kit should have at least these items in it.
The most important part about all of this is to not fear the possibility of failure. Its a big one. You might tap out at 2am and head home. So what? You will have gained such valuable information from that experience that you will never again find yourself in a situation like that without the skills to be effective. Trust me.