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Basic Survival Skills

Updated on April 8, 2017


When you hear the word survival, what are the first thoughts that come to your mind?

Do you think about climatic disasters, such as floods, hurricanes and earthquakes? Do you picture yourself lost in the forest or do you immediately conjure up images of your monthly bills and income?

It does not matter which of these scenarios you first imagine, there are some commonalities to all three and there are steps that you can take to increase your odds of your surviving and increase your odds of your thriving.

Let’s start with the basics. The basics involved your day to day routines, your home, family, work and all that these encompass.

I subscribe to the belief that the more you are able to do for yourself, the better your odds are if things begin to fall apart.

It will be no surprise to anyone who has read my hubs when I say that I value growing your own food, cooking that food and being able to preserve that food as basic skills.

You will save money and have food on hand which is helpful during a financial emergency such as a job lost or major expense and you will have food handy in a short term emergency such as a power outage.

I am not going to go into any detail on these three in this hub as they have all been discussed elsewhere.

I must say that these three skills will help you with your financial survival because they help you save money and may even generate a small income.

Fire Making

Be Prepared

When it comes to financial survival, you need to avoid debt and to pay down any debt that you have. Avoid wasting money on things like take out coffee and a bagel or donut, make your own coffee and have breakfast at home.

If you cannot cook, do not know how to grow or preserve food and find you spend far too much time standing in a line waiting for your morning coffee, you can learn and change.

We have been talking about survival in the context of your daily living but what happens when that routine gets shaken up? Are you prepared?

Do you know what to do, where to go, what to take? If you can answer yes to these questions then you are prepared, if you answer no, then time to do some homework.

Being prepared to deal with what may come your way is half the battle, the second half is how you react when faced with disaster.

If , for example, you are out hiking and manage to get turned around in the woods, you are likely once you realize you are lost, feel afraid. That is good,use it to take the actions you need to survive and not perish.

Fear is a natural reaction when facing unknown circumstances but you cannot let it drive you to irrational actions. These can kill you.

Use your fear as a motivation and take appropriate steps.

Returning to the lost in the woods scenario, admitting you are lost is essential. If you do not do this you may keep on moving rather than staying in one place, building a shelter and getting a fire going.

I recommend the SAS Survival Guide for anyone who has had no survival training, read it and be sure to carry it with you when you travel or take a hike.

Be Prepared, my old scout master would be proud.


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    debris 8 years ago from Florida

    Hello Bob,

    I think this hub has a much deeper meaning that I hope others can take from it and that is to know yourself, assess your weaknesses and change if needed. I think we've become so complacent in our daily activities that even the simplest of activities, like brewing coffee, have become far too inconvenient and we depend on others to do it for us. This dependency will ultimately lead to destruction in a true survival situation. This is a reat read and I look forward to more!


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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks you, and thanks for visiting.

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    Dr Kulsum Mehmood 9 years ago from Nagpur, India

    Very nice hub Bob. Sometime or the other, when things arn't as they should be, we do need to stay in one place, build a shelter, and get the fire going.