If you have to suddenly leave your normal world for one created by a SHTF situation, you have to know the skills that you need in order to survive.
These skills are ones that you’ll want to master in advance so that when the time comes to put them into practice, you’re ready.
- Foraging for food
- Self defense
- Finding shelter
- Building a fire
- Purifying water
One of the strategies that you need to learn is foraging. This can help you find food in times of chaos that’s freely available in nature. It’s not as simple as going out into the woods and picking stuff up. You do have to know what you’re doing because there are poisonous plants that look identical to nonpoisonous ones. For example, pokeberries look like grapes to people who aren’t trained in foraging. You can buy books ahead of a bug out event that will help you learn to identify what you can and cannot eat.
Self defense is another strategy that you should know for a bug out situation. You have to know how to protect yourself against people who mean to harm you. When everything falls to chaos, law and order go out the window. You need to learn basic hand to hand combat skills as well as how to protect yourself using pepper spray and weapons like a knife or a gun.
In a bug out situation, you need to know how to build a shelter. While the best case scenario is to have a place for shelter that’s already established, you could face a time when you have to build one. You need this skill to protect yourself from the environment. A shelter is quick and easy to build with a tarp and some rope. You can also build a dugout type shelter or one using the debris that you find in nature such as logs and leaves.
Knowing the strategy of camouflage is a necessity for a bug out situation. You’ll need to know how to blend into the environment. Concealment can protect you from the enemy as well as keep you from view when you’re hunting game. You can use environment color and shaped gear, and things like natural debris to camouflage yourself. The same goes for your supply cache as well as your shelter. The object is to be invisible to anyone looking for others.
Knowing how to build a fire is a must have skill when it comes to a bug out event. You need to know how to build a fire – not just for warmth, safety and preparing food. A fire can also ward off insects and predators as well as act as a signal. You need to know how to build a fire for things like drying your clothes and to use for sterilizing things.
Regardless of how well you plan your bug out, if you don’t know how to purify water, you’re not going to survive long. Having safe water to drink is one of the keys to your survival. You can purify it using the boiling method, using a filter or filter straws, chloride and other means that are used to kill off potentially harmful bacteria. You need to know ahead of time how you’re going to prepare to have clean water because, while you can last a little while without food, you can’t survive long without water.