The importance of having basic survival skills: even if you don't plan on bugging out!

And, an important announcement!

A man in the woods opening a tin can with a knife

It seems that since being a prepper has become a little more socially acceptable and more popular, a lot of new preppers tend to primarily focus on putting together a 72 hour emergency kit. And, that's a great place to start! But should we stop there? Is there more we should be doing to be prepared for a disaster/emergency, SHTF (Sh*t Hits The Fan) or TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) situation?

Some people (like myself) strive to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. We know that there could very well be situations that could happen that would cause us to be without power/electricity for very long periods of time. Such as a nuclear EMP attack on our nation, or a large solar flare (CME) being thrust down to earth. Not only that, but there are many other things that could happen that would cause widespread chaos and reek havoc. There is a pending threat of an economic collapse. The number and intensity of natural disasters have increased over the past few years. There's even speculation there could be another civil war or world war III. And these are the reasons most of us have become preppers.

Most of us have thought about the possibilities of those things which I mentioned in the above paragraph happening. Most preppers/survivalists refer to those types of incidents as SHTF. Some of those incidents would be so devastating that they would throw us into what is commonly referred to as TEOTWAWKI. Hopefully, you've already made a decision as to how you will prepare and are preparing for any or all of the above. There are those who will "bug out" and go to a place (bug out location) they have prepared in order to survive. Others have decided that they will "bug in" or "hunker down" and stay in their homes and do what they can to survive. Either way, it is a personal decision and we need to make that decision based upon what is best for us, our families, and our loved ones.

So, what does all this have to do with the need to have survival skills? Well, no matter if we decide to bug out or bug in, we should learn some very basic survival skills. After all, even if we decide to bug in there could be a number of reasons we might have to flee our homes, and even the area where we live. For one, criminals aren't going to stop being criminals if we lose our power grid or some other widespread catastrophic event happens. In fact, many of the people that we would call good people today will be forced to turn into criminals. If they know that we have food stored, they are going to do everything within their power to get that food! Then, there is the possibility that the government will come in and confiscate our food. What would we do then?

Those would be the worst case scenarios, other reasons could be that we simply run out of fuel we have stored for cooking our food; or we run out of water and need to find water; or we could lose our one manual can opener that we had. What if you didn't plan on a cold weather streak coming through your area, or you didn't plan for winter months at all?

There are so many reasons it would be good (and perhaps even life-saving) to have a few basic survival skills under our belts. Depending on your situation and decisions made in your prepping, you may need to have more advanced survival skills. But, we really should all be, at the very least, familiar with some basic survival skills and know how to use them.

And, that's why I have decided to do a series of articles and videos on basic survival skills preppers need to have. It's not something I ever thought I would be teaching. It is not the direction I saw my blog or YouTube channel going. But, as I've seen how the focus in the prepper community has become mostly on water and food storage, I have also seen the need for more. The need to take our prepping to the next level.

These articles and videos will be things that I have learned or I am in the process of learning. So, some of them we will learn together. There may even be some where I may point you in the direction of more skilled and knowledgeable people to learn them from.

In all honesty, when I started writing this blog article I did not have any intention of teaching basic survival skills. It wasn't even on my mind! In fact, I had a whole other idea of what I was going to write about. But, as I was writing, God showed me the need. Therefore, I obeyed Him. I pray that you will be open to expanding your skills and knowledge and you will go on this journey with me. I pray that we will be open to the things He wants to show us and the direction He wants us to take in our prepping endeavors. After all, who better to listen to and to be guided by than The One who knows our needs and knows what is coming our way?

Bushcraft and survival skills are not new to me. I have been reading, watching, and learning for a little over a year now. I'm not an expert by any means, and I don't know it all, but I do know enough to share some of the things I have learned and am learning with you. I hope you will come along on this new adventure with me!

Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!