Can You Learn Survival Skills In a Limited Timeframe?

Getting prepared for a SHTF situation can seem overwhelming, especially if this is a completely new area of information to you. There are so many things to learn: getting prepared, food, water, shelter, self-defense, the list goes on and on and on.

But what if you are pressed for time? Can you get prepared quickly or with a limited amount of available time to work with in your schedule? The answer is yes.

While being able to take time away to spend three days or more at a time out in the wilderness to learn where your weaknesses are and to sharpen your skills would be an ideal situation, you can learn the basics that you need to learn in a relatively short period of time if you are systematic about the process.

Tacticalintelligence.net recommends five basic steps in your systematic pursuit of becoming skilled at survival.

First, pick your training ground. Tacticalintelligence.net says,

“Ideally this would be a place that is near your home, is accessible during both the day and night, and has the resources you need to practice the various survival skills. This will be your training ground.

“Even if you can’t find a spot near your home, do not get discouraged. Your own backyard can be a great substitute. If you decide upon your backyard, for some of the exercises you’ll just need to bring the materials from other locations home with you.”

Next, you need to decide on the type of shelter that you will become proficient in building. Plan it out now. Figure out the materials and tools that you will need so that you either have them available or can procure them quickly and easily, and, then, build it, test your structure, refine your plans and methods, and retest your plans and structure. Do this as many times as necessary until you have it mastered at a level that you can do what is necessary in a pinch.

Third, learn how to find and purify drinking water. The importance of this cannot be overstated because, while you can survive a number of days without food, the same cannot be said about not having drinkable water.

Fourth, get good at making fires for both heat and cooking. Incredibly useful.

Fifth, get good at finding and preparing food.

The important part here is that, while these five steps give you a basic road map to follow, you must become systematic about learning these skills.  Plan an hour a week, if that is all that you have. Plan five hours a week, if you have that, but put it into your schedule and work on these skills, one at a time in order, until you have all five skills mastered, then revisit each skill set every few months so that you are always sharp an on point.

You don’t have to have a ton of time to become self-sufficient for a survival situation, but you do have to become focused about your skill development if you are limited on time.

What are your best recommendations about how to get prepared for a survival situation? Tell us below.

 
 

  • Paul Smith

    Start with what’s in the article. . .the basics. . .but don’t stop there. . .

    *First Aid
    * Living with Predators including snakes, spiders, ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, gnats, biting flies, ants
    * Emergency signaling – 3 fires/3 flags, large X from contrasting materials, smoke, mirror, whistle
    * Navigation – map & compass, dead reckoning, follow flowing water downhill, Find North Star – 4 ways,
    * Tool making – flint knapping, stick hardening, bow drill set/cordage, gill nets, gorge hook/thorn hook, trot lines, snares/traps, throw sticks, atlatl
    * Knots/Lashes
    * Foraging – medicine, Vitamin C,
    * Mental – loneliness, frustration, failure
    * Personal Care – Hair, teeth, skin, crotch, feet
    * Find poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac (varies by area) in spring, summer and fall – LEARN IT!

    Get a good Wilderness Survival Manual (or three) – read it, practice it, reference it (you’ll forget when stress happens)
    Get a good Wilderness First Aid Manual
    Get a GOOD Wilderness Foraging Manual – inhale it.