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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: http://www.wildernesscollege.com/basic-survival-skills.html

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) http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/nutritional-acorn-recipes.aspx

Looking for ideas for new ways to enjoy nature? This awesome site could keep you going for a lifetime! http://www.lowimpact.org

How To Open A Can Without A Can Opener (Amazing)

How To Open A Can Without A Can Opener (Amazing)How To Open A Can Without A Can Opener (Amazing) Graphic – off-grid.info. Image – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH2NahLjx-Y

I have to admit when I first saw this “How To Open A Can Without A Can Opener” video by the “Youtube Celebrity” CrazyRussianHacker, my jaw dropped. I was stunned that you can actually open a can of food by just rubbing its top against a piece of concrete! It’s way too easy! *resists the extreme urge to try it out right now*

Cans nowadays are sealed with a roller. It bends the top of the can which creates a crimp (kinda like the way you seal empanadas, or any filled pasta). The friction cuts through the top, which makes it easier for you to open the can. Take note that the open top of the can will be sharp – so please of course use it with caution, or else you will risk cutting yourself!

Related: Top 10 Kickass Tools You Could Possibly Own For Survival Situations Of All Kinds

If you got lost in the woods or in a desert and you only have canned food in your bag, you will have to find a small boulder or rock that has a flat surface. If you’re using a bigger can, you might need more time to get it to open. This technique is really cool and it’s one of those survival tips that you really need to learn.

Aside – I’m sure that when the whole thing with the Mayan Calendar got really popular in 2012, there was a significant increase of interest in survival shows. Do you think there was a connection? 😉 I remember watching a few episodes of Doomsday Preppers. Many people were preparing themselves for worst-case scenarios. I find these shows funny but also very educational. We’ve been so used to the wonderful conveniences that the modern age gives us that pretty much everything is being spoon-fed. We’ve become a very impatient society, relying on anything and everything that is labeled as “instant” or “quick”.

That’s why I really appreciate survival shows and reading and watching different tips. It helps you go back to the basics. Our ancestors were able to survive with whatever they had around them. So let us not forget those things even if the modern age becomes even more advanced. When push comes to shove, it’s your survival skills that will make you a cut above the rest!

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How To Open A Can Without A Can Opener (Amazing)
How To Open A Can Without A Can Opener – Graphic – off-grid.info. Image – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH2NahLjx-Y