Last updated on July 1st, 2020 at 12:01 pm
What does it mean to be Survivalist? And how do you become one? If you’re wondering why we’re asking these questions, or perhaps why even bother becoming a survivalist.
Let’s step back for a minute and give you a quick glimpse into the background of Survivalism. The basic idea behind it is that as the name says, it’s about staying alive. It’s not some weird cult or some club for nerds only. It is a lifestyle and a very prevalent one at that.
They are defined by being Individuals or groups of people that are constantly and actively learning and gaining insight and knowledge about multiple things and as such are prepared to face them without any worry. These things that we mention fall into categories such as emergencies, or possible disruptions to society like we are facing at the moment with COVID-19 (as an extreme case), and less extreme cases such as being stranded in a forest or on a hike with no idea of how to get out of the woods, or having lost your job, and perhaps there’s flooding in your town and your house is in shambles. All these things happen daily, if not in your country then in other countries.
Any society or town needs to have survivalists, who can help out in any given situation and not freak out about it like any normal person would if a flood or tornado hits your house and leaves you with nothing but the clothes on your back. It happens, all the time. would you rather be prepared, than not? We think so.
In a nutshell, it is a person who is prepared to survive any situation in the event of any disorder or breakdown of society. They are sometimes also referred to as ‘Preppers’. Interested in reading more about this, click here.
History has had many events that have left people without anything, and loss of life. Since the 1930s and with the cold war, many have learned to be self-reliant and resilient i.e. being able to pick the pieces up and doing something good about it, not just for yourself but also for those around you. These are good traits to have in any case, whether you are a survivalist or not. The strong ones always win.
Some Basic Tips
There are tons of things you can learn about surviving anything. Some are basic to life, like what water filters to use when camping or how to cook food in the outdoors, while others are more specific like how to hunt a guinea fowl or essential knots for tying things. If you’ve been pondering the idea for a while or have recently come across it. We have a few good basic and specific but basic three survival methods and tips for you in this article that help you put the right foot first. So, let’s head on down and look at these:
- Water-Water Everywhere but Not a Drop to Drink! A famous script spoke by a sailor named Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He once spoke these words when he was out at sea, surrounded by water, but because it was salty water, he could not drink it. It’s not recommended to drink water directly from any source without cleaning it first. This is one fundamental tip we can give anyone. Water is an essential part of life. Our bodies are made of almost 60% of it and need to replenished regularly. Knowing a good water purifier or water filter such as treating it with iodine tablets or making a portable pump filter yourself like this https://www.waterfiltermag.com/diy-water-filter/
- Water isn’t Enough, You Need Food Too! Being a prepper means that you need to learn as many skills as possible to help yourself and those around you (no pressure). One of these skills is making food to keep you going. Some prefer to have a separate pantry to stock food for any events while others choose to hunt and kill for survival. Whatever your preference, knowing what foods can keep and which ones won’t, will help you a long way.
Items such as bread may be the first to go in any dire situation, so it’s a good idea to know how to make your own. One way of doing this is by making the simplest bread possible, which takes only 3 ingredients: Flour, Sugar, and Dried Milk Powder. Mix them in equal batches in bags or tins and keep them stored so they’re ready to make when the time arises. People who invented it, in Northern England call is Bannock Bread.
- A Good Knife Is the Perfect Addition! You can do a lot if you have a choice of all the right tools, however, if you pick the right tool that does a number of things, you won’t need to lug a whole bunch of them around. We choose a knife. Having a good knife will help you with a lot of things. Some of the aspects to look for in a good knife is the size, which should not be too big or too small either. There are five main types of knives: Sheath, Serrated, pointed, Comfortable, Straight Edge, and Full or ¾ tang blade. With any survival method having a few options is always better, but keep it light if you’re going to be carrying things around.
The general rule of thumb is to have one of each item but in the case where you want to pack lightly, having only one or two, then choose the one that will fit you’re surrounding the best for instance if you will be hunting and cutting fish for example.
All of the above tips should get you off to a good start!