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You may be tempted to do all the simpler things, like gathering a food and water supply, but not work on the harder things that will keep you alive in a long-term disaster. While the food and water supply is important for short term disasters, a major breakdown in society or a SHTF apocalyptic disaster requires that you have the skills to survive for more than just a few days, weeks or months. Simple skills, such as fire building without the aid of matches or a lighter may save your life and the lives of your family by providing a method to keep them warm, boil and sterilize water and cook the game you brought home from the hunt.
Learning edible wild plants, including mushrooms can help you make it in the wild if you’re bugging out to a different location and didn’t have your bug out bag close to you or were delayed and didn’t have enough rations. Learning how to use the woods to create a shelter involves cutting trees, splitting wood and some basic carpentry skills. Since you won’t have the normal supplies available, such as nails, you need to learn lashing techniques or how to notch wood to create a permanent shelter. Until then, knowing how to create temporary shelter for the family is important, whether it’s a branch lean-to or tent made from canvas.
Gardening, food preparation in primitive conditions and preserving food can keep your family fed all year around without allowing any of it to go to waste. In some cases, even knowing how to make your own cookware from logs and slabs of wood in the area may be necessary, too. The gardening and food preserving skills can help save money right now and also bring a great deal of pride.
If you’re on the run, trying to get out of the city to your bugout location, knowing basic automotive repair can keep you going, especially when a minor repair might otherwise end even the best laid plans. Something as simple as patching a tire or fixing a leak in a radiator hose could save your life by allowing you to get back on the road quickly.
Finally, knowing how to use firearms, bow and arrows or crossbow can not only help you feed your family by supplying game, but be the skills that save your family from intruders or marauders. If you own or plan to purchase a firearm or even several of them, make sure you have adequate instruction in their use and keep them locked away safely from small children. You should also learn the basics of gun repair and even know how to make your own bullets or arrows. Learning tracking skills can help you find game more quickly.
Fishing and trapping skills go along with hunting skills. Knowing how to make a trap or your own fishing equipment insures you’ll always have the tools to catch dinner, even if your camp was raided and you lost everything. As you can probably tell by now, there’s a huge list of things you need to learn to survive without the modern conveniences, but luckily, you don’t have to do them all at once, like you might if a major disaster occurred. Start now, before it’s too late.