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When it comes to survival, which do you think is better: having fancy equipment (knives, flashlights, etc.) or having knowledge? Most people would immediately answer, “Of course the answer is knowledge!”
While the topic is certainly debatable, I’m a firm believer that knowledge is the best advantage you can have when in the wilderness.
And here’s the reason why: you’re not always going to have your fancy equipment in a survival situation.
For example, what if you fall into a river without your backpack and end up miles away from your original location with nothing? Or what if you lose your compass and/or map? Or if the batteries on your flashlight stop working?
I’m not making these situations up- these things actually happen in the wilderness, and they’re more common than you think.
The last thing you want is to be unprepared when they happen. Remember, nobody knows that they’re going to be in a survival situation prior to leaving their home (otherwise, they wouldn’t have left).
Since you’re not a fortune teller, you need to have the proper knowledge to save yourself when things go south.
For instance, you should be able to travel without the aid of a compass and/or map. You should be able to tell venomous snakes from non-venomous snakes, build a fire with your bare hands, make fishing spears, and even estimate the amount of daylight left using nothing more than your hands.
These are all skillsets that you can practice and learn about from home. Then, when you find yourself in a real life-or-death situation, you’ll know exactly what to do.
As the old saying goes, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach him how to catch fish, you feed him for life”.
Right now, I’m going to teach you how to catch fish (metaphorically and literally). Learn about these top 25 survival skills you should know and why!
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.