For human beings of old, basic survival skills would have become like second nature. However, in our modern world of indoor comforts, many of these have simply become lost – except for those who love the great outdoors. It can certainly prove to be useful to pick some of them back up again. If nothing else, they can help to give you a much greater connection with nature, which can prove to be an enormously humbling experience. So, let’s take a closer look at a few of the outdoor skills that you can look to master. Many of these can be practiced in your own backyard, and you do not necessarily have to venture right out into the wilderness.
Building a Fire
Perhaps the number one skill that first sprang to mind when we were talking about outdoor abilities was learning how to build a fire. Not only can this help to keep you warm, but it also provides a place in which you can cook and heat water. Building and lighting a fire can prove to be particularly challenging when the weather conditions are tough. For example, if it is especially damp or overcast. As well as learning about lighting a fire, you should also think about learning fire safety skills. After all, you do not want to get into a situation in which you are in danger.
Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping
The ability to catch your own food is obviously going to prove to be invaluable when you are out in a survival situation. Fishing, hunting, and trapping all require different specific skills in order to succeed, but what they all have in common is that you need both patience and persistence if you are going to be able to catch anything. ilearntohunt has interactive hunter safety courses in the United States if you are looking to boost this particular ability.
Basic First Aid Skills
Basic first aid skills can end up being the difference between a small injury turning into something that is altogether more serious. So, it is certainly important that you test yourself and pick up these abilities. There are plenty of different direct skills that you can seek to learn and improve, including controlling bleeding, basic CPR, and treating burns. Obviously, these are the type of skills that are transferrable into other different areas of life and not just the great outdoors.
Building a Shelter
We have already ticked off the skills of getting warmth, finding something to eat, and fixing up any injuries that you may pick up along the way. Now, we have to build a shelter to protect yourself from the elements. You can start off with something simple, like learning to pitch a tent. From these, you can start to pick up more complicated shelter-creating techniques.
All of these outdoor skills are bound to have an enormous impact if you are in a survival situation, and they can also provide transferrable abilities that come in handy elsewhere too.
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