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What is the makeup of a prepper? Its a very unique thing but we are just an amalgamation of beliefs and skills. We cannot be simply buyers of rice and beans.
No matter how much prepping and stockpiling we do, basic wilderness survival skills can be the determining factor of whether we make it through an SHTF situation.
In the event that you are stuck in the wilderness with little or no provisions, knowledge is key. The practice is also a big part of success. It’s one thing to have observed how to make fire and another entirely to have started and stoked hundreds of fires.
So what are the key survival skills to practice? In an age where time is so limited, what do we spend our time on?
Your ability to not only start a fire but to stoke fire into a blaze is huge. Many preppers get wrapped up in the idea of making an ember. From Flint and steel or bow drill, the ember and the initial fire is a big deal but its hardly the whole deal. Things, like building a fire and having enough fuel, are also very important.
Where to find water and how to make it drinkable are also key skills. Now you can carry things that make this much easier and I would encourage it.
Shelter and fire will keep you warm and dry. Without these two you will never have to worry about hunger or thirst. You will likely die of exposure first.
While survival skills are exciting, you also want to know how to get back home or get rescued. That is where navigation comes into play. Reading stars, compasses and maps are very important skills. Don’t forget about actually getting out of a survival situation!