Ten basic survival skills you should have.

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Every once in a while, disaster strikes. Whether there’s a storm that knocks out your power or you just get lost by wandering too far in the forests, a very bad situation can be tackled out if you just know a few basic survival skills. So, here is a list of ten basic survival skills you should have.

1. Finding & Purifying Water.

Nothing is more important in a survival situation than having suitable drinking water. Humans can survive weeks without food and can live entire healthy lives in temporary shelters, but without water we can die in just a matter of hours.

2. Starting & Protecting A Fire.

Second only to finding suitable water, the ability to make fire is one of the absolute most important and useful skills anyone can develop in the case of an emergency. It’s important survival skill for you to know how to start and protect a fire.

3. Building A Temporary Shelter.

Hopefully, if you get lost in the woods, you can find your way back to civilization in less than a day or so. If not, however, you’ll probably want to know how to build a shelter to protect yourself from dangerous elements like rain, cold, wild etc.

4. Navigating & Reading A Compass.

Let’s assume a worst case scenario that you’ve lost your path in a forest or somewhere far away from the human civilization. Its important survival skill for you to know how to read a compass and navigate the world surrounding you.

5. Searching & Hunting Food.

In the case that your emergency survival situation stretches into days or sometimes weeks, you’re going to need to know how to find and catch food to keep yourself alive. It’s important skill to find and catch food to keep yourself alive.

6. Camp Cooking.

Even if you do catch some wild stuff, you can’t just eat it raw, unless you want to risk getting parasites or other diseases carried by those animals. It’s important that you know both how to cook in the wild and what’s safe to eat.

7. Dressing A Wound.

Being injured in an emergency situation is arguably the worst thing, because it just compounds everything that’s already bad about the situation. In such a situation, knowing how to dress a wound would be highly helpful.

8. Tying A Knot.

This is an absolutely underrated skill not just for survival, but for a number of different leisurely or sporting activities, including sailing, camping, rock climbing etc. And the applications can be incredibly helpful in a survival situation.

9. Sending Up a Survival Signal.

At times like when you have a heavy injury your only hope for getting saved is to maximize your visibility so rescuers can find you. Sending up a survival signal is first is a signal fire and the first rule is to put it out in the open for visibility.

10. Swimming.

Unfortunately there might be a need for you to cross a stream or a small river to go to the other side of the path to your destination. Swimming might be highly helpful survival skill in such scenarios. If swimming is still not the thing you know, learn it.

“The most important thing in survival is neither intelligence nor strength but adaptability.”

Charles Darwin.
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Author: Madhusudhan

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