Modern technology has made things a lot easier for us. Almost everything can be done with the assistance of gadgets and electric appliances. You can do things with just a push of a button and accomplish tasks in just a few minutes. Because of these conveniences, many of today’s modern men don’t know basic survival skills like starting a fire, finding clean water, and knowledge of edible and medicinal foods.
As a man, you are someone’s superhero. Your parents, your spouse, and children are counting on you. You are expected to protect them and provide for their needs. You may live a comfortable life now, but disaster strikes every once in a while. Hurricanes crash, fires ravage, cars run out of gas, planes crash, and the list goes on. Learning some survival skills will make sure you’re prepared in times of crisis.
Here are 6 outdoor survival skills every man should master. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Take some time and money learning these skills. You’re going to need them someday.
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Before, people used a map to help them reach their desired destination. Today, however, most people rely on their smartphones. After all, these devices are equipped with GPS and other apps that will make it easier for them to go anywhere they want. But what if the batteries die and you find yourself in the middle of nowhere?
Signals get lost and batteries die. Knowing alternative methods of navigation will allow you to navigate, even some of the most extreme environments on earth.
Before GPS technology, men used a map and a compass to point them in the right direction. These things are considered as an explorer’s best friend. It is essential to learn how to use these devices, especially if you enjoy hiking. Be sure to pack your map and compass before you leave the house. These will come in handy if you find yourself lost in the wilderness. It is best to be prepared when the wilderness beckons.
Finding clean water
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Even the best camper or hiker gets lost at some point. Although you are expected to bring clean drinking water with you on a long wilderness trip, some unexpected things may happen. You may accidentally spill your water or get lost in the woods.
If you happen to find yourself lost in the wilderness, one of the first things you should do is to find a source of drinking water. As you know, water is needed in order to survive. It helps regulate your body temperature, increases energy, and relieves fatigue. You can survive weeks even without food. Unless you’re in freezing conditions, you can survive without a shelter. But you won’t last a day without water.
Given the importance of water and staying hydrated, this is one of those survival skills every man should know about. This skill will help save your life.
Building a fire
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Fire provides several benefits, especially when you’re outdoors. It helps you feel safe, secure, and comfortable. It provides warmth and heat, which will help you survive in extremely cold conditions. A fire also wards off insects, predators, and other wild creatures. Ultimately, it allows you to cook food.
Before you brave the wild outdoors, make sure you are equipped with some basic survival skills such as building a fire. In addition to building a fire, you also need to know how to tend to it so you do not accidentally start a fire. This is often critical and life-saving, especially when you’re in the wilderness.
Building a shelter
Even if you have enough water or a fire to keep you warm, you’re going to need a shelter at some point. This is especially important in winter. You can only survive 3 hours in extreme conditions. This should be your number one priority in winter. Remember, hypothermia is the number one outdoor killer in cold weather.
You need a shelter that will protect you from snow and rain, and insulate from the cold. To prevent the cold earth from sucking every ounce of heat from your body, the foundation should be 12 to 18 inches off the ground. Then, make a bed mattress. You can use dried corn shucks or fresh green pine boughs for this. This is incredibly comfortable. Once that’s done, it’s time to create a roof over your head.
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Accidents can happen at any time, in any place. A misfortune may strike while you’re at home, at work, driving in your car or while playing sports. When something bad happens, especially to someone you know, you can’t be a helpless bystander.
First aid is one of the survival skills everyone should learn. If you are properly trained, you’ll know how to take care of fractures, how to stop a wound from bleeding, treat cuts, wounds, and bruises, and do chest compressions. You should be able to provide quick medical treatment until professional assistance arrives. You’ll know what to do in any emergency situations.
Time is of the essence during an accident. Taking action during the first few minutes can give them the best chance of surviving. It can mean the difference between life and death. It can help your loved one, a friend or even a stranger from pain and suffering. As such, we encourage everyone to enroll in a first aid course.
Hunting and foraging for food
Most people know foraging as a wilderness survival skill. But the truth is that foraging is a great means of gathering foods for free. It is a basic skill that everyone needs to master.
Foraging can be as simple as picking apples in the farm or taking a stroll in the woods to pick some mushrooms. It’s a great way to provide foods for yourself and your family without having to rely on grocery stores. You will find a lot of edible foods in the woods. But before venturing into the wild to forage, make sure that you can differentiate edible plants from poisonous ones. Familiarize yourself with the dangerous species in your area to prevent poisoning.
Disasters and emergencies are inevitable parts of our lives. Even if you live comfortably in the city, it is important to have some basic survival skills in order to ensure one’s survival in the wild. While our day-to-day survival is no longer dependent on them, mastering these skills will ensure that you’ll know what to do in cases of natural disasters, accidents or any unfortunate events.