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Top 6 Essential Survival Skills

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Survival skills aren’t just useful when you get into trouble – knowing the basics can give you greater confidence and freedom to go out and explore the natural world so you can really immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. If you’re looking for a clear guide to basic survival that doesn’t involve a lot of reading, this well-presented account will give you enough information to be useful without giving you too much to remember, after all it’s pretty unlikely you’ll have your survival books to hand when you really need them!

Learning survival skills is becoming ever more popular in recent years, there are many courses available and hundreds of new books appearing on the shelves. In a way this isn’t surprising – after all, our bodies are still dependent on nature and our physical instincts continue to operate behind the veneer of modern life. Survival techniques like these would have been woven into everyday life for our ancient ancestors so it makes sense that the more time we spend indoors and the more mechanised the world gets, the louder our instincts speak to us to re-connect with our roots and to nature.

Related: 10 Survival Skills And Hobbies That Can Save Your Life

As this article suggests, basic knowledge can make a big difference – this is a key part of our education so we owe it to ourselves to find out what we should really have learned in school. Being able to spend time in nature gives us access to so much beauty and develops respect for the environment – it deepens our sense of belonging in the world.

Here’s the link to the full tutorial:

If this survival guide inspires you and you want more, follow their links to learn about fire-making and shelter-building, in fact the Alderleaf College site is a real treasure trove of valuable guidance.

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It’s comforting to know that there are so many wild foods out there, which are also great for home use – why not try this in-depth guide to preparing acorns? (it has some tasty recipes too)

Looking for ideas for new ways to enjoy nature? This awesome site could keep you going for a lifetime!