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One thing is certain; no one can ever assume a drastic survival event is not going to happen. It may be a natural or man-made disaster when events can suddenly turn life threatening. The key is never thinking one won’t happen and always being prepared in case one does. So how can you actually get ready? We have 10 useful survival tips that will help you deal with everything that might come.
1. Get your finances in order
If a financial crisis should trigger the next global conflict as some predict, deflation will firstly affect those who have outstanding debts. So the first thing to do is pay all your debts – don’t wait for a worldwide economic crisis to erase your debts (it may be a bit more complicated than you expect)!
You should also plan for an emergency fund and try to spend less money each month. It’s always good to have some cash saved up, and you should aim to a few month’s income, even if that takes you a lot of time to save.
2. Have a plan
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Each plan is different as you have to adapt to the group’s needs (the group is usually your family). After all, what works great for single adult people doesn’t necessarily hold water to single parents of infants that might need additional things like baby food, diapers and appropriate clothes for when they grow up. So to start with, think of a few possible scenarios that might happen and write up detailed plans for each.
Knowing the area where you live is a great beginning since you can take into account things like natural disasters, power plants exploding, inmates escaping or a terrorist attack. You should also plan how you’ll flee the area in case of an emergency, establish a meet-up point and possible routes. Be careful not to tell other people about your plans, or they might steal your resources (when everything is in chaos and you’re fighting for survival, all rules of the civilized world will fall).
You can learn more about putting together a viable plan from here.
3. Build a shelter
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You should know where you’re going, so it’s essential to have a shelter ready and waiting for you. A cabin in the woods that’s far enough from other people or major cities, as well as close enough for you to get there is the ideal.
You can also get a bug out shelter or build your own, so it’s elemental to learn how to do that. You might not have time to reach for your bug out bag or your carefully packed tent, so you should learn how to use branches, leaves, and logs to improvise your own shelter. It’s also best to practice before an emergency strikes – this way you already have the necessary skills. For this, take a look at this step-by-step guide.
4. Water supplies
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Water is the number one necessity for survival, so you need to store plenty of water in advance in your car trunk as well as in your shelter. Your home should have plenty of water bottles stored as well and it wouldn’t hurt to take a water hydration system in your backpack.
Get a few water purifiers to help you in case you run out of clean water to drink. Most of them are small and easy to carry but you should also learn how to decontaminate your own water. You can boil it or use sand (there are plenty of good techniques to learn), but there are a few basic ones you should know by heart – you can learn more about this here.
5. Learn to become self-sufficient
That means learning how to make your own food, clothes and weapons if you can’t use the ones you have or can’t trade with others. Gardening is an essential skill and it can prove valuable to others that might not help you otherwise.
If you have the necessary supplies, you can also improvise spears and arrows. Learn how to make a knife sheath too, it’s better to carry your weapons safely. You should also learn how to deal without power, how to wash your clothes, warm your house or cook your food.
6. Learn some survival skills
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Among the plenty survival skills you can learn, first aid skills are the best. You can also learn how to build fires and make shelters, how to use a map and compass. But sometimes the most important skills are those that can be traded, like how to make bullets or how to weave.
However, there are tons of things you need to learn and possibly little time to do it. So create a makeshift library where you gather all your materials, books and magazines that will help you learn different things.
7. Store enough food
Having enough food to start with is imperative. So make a food cache and add to it regularly, thinking of supplies that will resist the test of time. We’re talking about mostly cans and power bars but these come with an expiration date too. So make sure you rotate your supplies so you don’t end up with a bunch of old cans.
It’s best to save the food you like too because that will improve your spirits. Make sure you get high-caloric and nutritious meals and have a rationing plan in place. You can also practice fasting once in a while to help your body adjust in case you need to survive on 700kcal per day.
- Have your car ready
Make sure you always have a full gas tank so you can always be ready to move. Store some used supplies in your car and be sure you can always just hop in and have everything you need there.
But don’t put all your supplies there in case you have to leave your car behind and use another means of transportation. A car bug out bag with a few energy bars, a sleeping bag, water, flashlights and first aid kit should be a great start.
9. Get in shape
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Start exercising because you’ll need to have a good endurance for long hikes that entail carrying heavier things. Strength training is amazing to build up muscles and increase your bone density, but High-Intensity Interval Training is what will really build your cardio endurance. If you don’t know what this is and you want the scientific approach, please take a look here.
10. Gather essential tools and equipment
Make sure you’re prepared for cold weather with thermal clothes, thermal blankets, fleece jackets and other weatherproof, insulating clothes. You’ll also need a toolbox, multipurpose tools, a survival radio, satellite phone and flashlights with plenty of batteries.
Learn how to make useful equipment from scratch or from other people consider trash. For instance, newspapers can provide good insulation, while plastic bottles can be used for growing food or collecting water. Here is a great guide on the tools you should absolutely have in order to go through a survival situation and make it alive.
This quick guide provides a great starting point, but it’s your job to improve constantly, learn new info, abilities and crafts that will put you on top in every survival situation. That said, what’s your next step? What will you start with? Leave us a comment below.
About the author
Growing up in the Great Everglades, Dennis Owens considers the wilderness his playground. This helped him nurture his passion on survival and self-reliance. It’s his personal mission to help other people understands and survive the wild. He also writes gear reviews for Wilderness Mastery.com