Even if you are not planning on going off the grid, you’ll want to practice these skills.
If you want to start practicing some survival skills and have no idea on where you can start, you are in luck. I have a few things that you can do which will hone your skills. The best part of this is that the skills that you use are fairly easy to do and will enhance your quality of life while minimizing your wallet’s expenses. Here are 4 things you can do now to practice your survival skills.
Number One: Cut your Own Firewood
Cutting your own firewood is a multi-purpose activity. First, it hones your skills in gathering. You have to understand which woods are good for high heat, which are “green” as well as where to find starter for your fire. High heat wood is your dry wood meaning that the wood has sat for over 6 months. Green wood is fresh cut or wood that has been sitting for less time. Starter can be found in the hardened sap wood of pines and other such deadwood.
Secondly, by cutting your own wood you are honing your axe skills and physical strength. While some of you may not consider this a survival skill, I would pose this question. If you do not have the physical strength to carry the wood and game you obtain, what good is it to you? Also, if you cannot cut a simple log in half, how do you expect to butcher game or make any bushcraft?
Number Two: Rainwater from your gutters
This is a really interesting and easy way in which you can practice your water collection skills. Even if you are not planning on going off the grid, collecting rainwater can be used to water plants, wash your car, and an array of other uses. To make a rainwater collection system from your gutter, what you will need to do is:
- If possible cover the tops of the gutters to minimize debris
- Acquire a collection container with a filter
- Remove the bottommost part of the spout and replace it with the collection base
- Wait for it to rain
Of course there is a bit more details in how to go about making your own containers and such, but this is the basics of it. In all reality, if you cannot make or find a container to collect water there is no hope for your survival. This is the simplest of skills you can practice. If you do not feel like tearing up your gutter system, get a 50 gallon container and some PCV pipe and make some collection tubes on your property. There are literally hundreds of ways in which you can make a rainwater collection system. From the aqueduct containers to the simple milk jug cut in half, your imagination is the only restriction.
As a survivalist, you will have to think of new ways in which to perform the same task. So, implement a few different ideas into collecting rainwater and see which ones work the best.
Number Three: Have a garden
It has been proven that those which grow their own organic food have a healthier and longer life than those which consume commercialized products. You are maximizing the vitamins and minerals which are in the produce. When you buy frozen or commercialized produce nearly 70% of the vitamins and minerals have been depleted from them.
From a survivalist standpoint, you are learning how to make sustainable food. Ensure that when you plant your garden that you are using organics and not hybrids. Hybrids do not yield any seeds which can be used on future crops. Organic crops do yield seeds which can be used on new crops. Ensure that you save at least 20 to 30 percent of your food’s seeds for the next round. If you want to really work on your survival skills, do not use pesticides and make your own compost for the garden. Those which want to include a bit of protein in their diet may also want to consider a hydroponic system.
Number Four: Get your HAM license
In a catastrophic event communication will be essential in understanding what is going on. Where there may be a bit of radio and television, it can be predicted that such information will be heavily oriented to the government’s agenda. News will need to be obtained from an insider’s perspective. Having a HAM license and having the skills of other communication devices which do not work on a high frequency (such as the FM radios) will maximize your potential in being able to obtain vital information. As such, you will be able to prepare for any tactical maneuvers and such as they arise.
Now, you can obtain your HAM license and just have a bit of fun with talking with other survivalists and preppers. You can see how others are making their plans and build off of their knowledge. If you have honed your communication skills, then if a catastrophic event occurs you will be ready with reliable news making you an asset.
These are but four of the ways that you can practice being a survivalist. Other areas which will help you in your survival is to get involved in hiking, biking, camping, get a goat and chickens, learn how to tell time by the sky, or learn to cook from scratch. All of these will help you to be self-sufficient. Even if you are not planning on going off the grid (and I do not know why you would chose to stay on it) you do need to try to be as self-sufficient as you can be. If not for the absence of governmental control, do it for the financial gain which you can have from not having to spend money on commercialized products. Being a survivalist is a lifestyle that requires you to hone your skills early, before a catastrophic event. Your survival is your responsibility, so start now.