The life we have right now had slowly and steadily taken away the natural skills our ancestors have developed for surviving the outdoors. The lifestyles today have left us very vulnerable to all the elements out in the open.
You are probably thinking that, in a way what I am talking about is right. Then you start to wonder how in the world do I re-learn something that has been lost for quite some time? There are no crash courses you can take at any school for you to learn everything all at once. You can only practice some skills that will help you survive any type of situation.
The good news is that you can practice some survival skills in the comforts of your own home. It’s now time to have fun on the back yard. Using your backyard you can train and hone your some basic survival skills for you to be prepared for, well, anything.
- Shelter – First off, you will need shelter to protect you from the rain, heat of the sun, snow or any type of severe weather in your area. Take out the tarps or anything you can use to make a shelter out of the storage and practice ways to build any type of shelter you can think up of.
You can use a string and tie in from one end to another and then drape the tarp over the line to create a tent. You can also gather saplings and make a teepee using the tarp you have with you.
- Archery, spear and slingshot skills – It is always important to remember that safety always comes first especially dealing with any type of weapon. Why practice these simple weapons and not just go ahead and practice firearms? Well bows, spears and slingshot are easy to get your hands on or make. Firearms on the other hand, are a different story.
Learning how to use these tools will give you the means to hunt for food. Again, make sure that everything is safe before doing any practice. Check where projectiles are likely to go and make sure that there is no one or nothing you can injure/destroy behind the target.
- Fire Starting – This is very important especially when you get lost in the woods or anywhere for that matter. Temperatures all over the world may vary depending on the region. Never the less, building a fire is crucial for surviving anything in the wilderness.
You should ask yourself, “Can I make a fire without a match, lighter or any other fire starting tools?” If the answer is no, then it is best to start learning how to build a fire using sticks or any other method. If possible learn to start a fire using the simple things that you see on your backyard. Dry leaves, tinder or anything at all.
- Foraging Food – Aside from hunting for food, there are also other ways to fill you up with less physical strain but with the same difficulty as hunting. There are a lot of edible weeds out there that can survive any kind of weather.
Here is a list:
- Miners Lettuce
- Stinging Nettles
- Day lilies
- Outdoor Cooking – Let’s say that you already hunted for food and now you need to prepare it for consumption. Though there are a lot of food you can hunt that can be consumed raw, it is always safer to consume cooked food.
In a survival situation, you will be forced to cook food on an open fire; where better to practice you open fire cooking skills than on the back yard. You could also invite friends over to enjoy the food you cook.
Keep in mind that the skills that are mentioned above are just guidelines for surviving. It will always be up to you, if you can find ways to improve the list and then use it and practice it on your own back yard. Surviving the wilderness is not an absolute science; there are a lot of ways to improve everything from the food, water and shelter. Hope you had fun reading the article and have a wonderful day ahead.