Five military survival skills

------------------------------------------------- Revised 11/20/18
(C) Copyright  2012-2018 by
HappyPreppers.com. All rights reserved. The site happily targets concerned
citizens who are self-reliant survivalists, preppers and homesteaders with original content on survival following
societal collapse. You may link to our site, but
you may NOT reproduce any part of our content, or store our
content in any retrieval system to represent it as your own. Further, you may not transmit content in any other
form or by any means, including (but not limited to) electronic, photocopy, mechanical, or recording without
written consent. HappyPreppers.com makes no warranties.

HappyPreppers.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising
program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com,
amazonsupply.com, or myhabit.com. Amazon is a great place to buy emergency supplies. In other words, we
recommend prepping gear sold on
Amazon. It's a great place to shop.

Get prepared! Read more emergency preparedness information on our home page.

This
preparedness article on the five most important survival skills has been archived by waybackmachine.org.
This helps protect our copyright.

Do NOT copy. (Linking is okay.)

sitemap
privacy policy
Weird ways to recharge your cell phone
Happy Preppers site for survivalists + preppers
happypreppers.com
Facebook: happypreppers.com
Pinterest: happypreppers.com
Google + happypreppers.com
Twitter happypreppers.com
Prepper Deal Alerts Check
our
daily deals for prepping
gear and food storage.
Happy endings...
Survive happy with the knowledge. Your survival skills will only
take you so far ~ one of the most important factors is your
attitude. Having hope and the right attitude will help you survive.
Always remain hopeful

Full of specific scenarios to help you get in the mindset of survival,

100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition
, by Clint Emerson, is better than
a Swiss Army knife! Whether you’re lost at sea, forced to land a
plane, fight off a bear, or decide whether to run, hide, or fight, this
book is good to have on the prepper bookshelf.

This book is your essential prep manual, from securing shelter,
building fire, finding food, and navigating back to civilization no
matter the environment to thinking like a special forces solider so
that you can survive a hostage situation, an active shooter, a
suicide bomber, or a terrorist threat on the subway, and even apply
trauma medicine as a first responder.

Related articles...

More popular articles...
  1. 7 Lessons on water for survival
  2. 8 gas masks tips before you buy
  3. 27 uses for a five-gallon bucket
  4. 37 non-food supplies to hoard
  5. Depression era prepping wisdom
  6. Dry canning
  7. FEMA secrets and coverups
  8. Prepper's TO DO list
  9. The most overlooked preps
  10. How to survive an EMP

Prepare to live happily ever after with us at happypreppers.com - the emergency
preparedness Web site of prepping, survival,
homesteading, and self-reliance.
Wholesale lot of Bic lighters
Pocket-sized Fresnel Lens
How to pick the prepper's sleeping bag
Empty Mountain House pouch
Survival axes, hatches and tomahawks
Camp Stove options
Fresnel lens uses for survival
Zippo lighters: quality since 1932
Water straws suck, but here's why you'll want to buy one...
Preventing Tick Bites naturally
Survival food bars for the bugout bag
Review of popular ration bars
Pemmican survival food of Native Americans
How to navigate like a compass with any kind of watch
You can find any direction using the sun! AlfieAesthetics shows
you how and you need no special techniques or tools. You need
only the sun and a little bit of celestial knowledge.
5. Navigating your way out of trouble.
Didn’t pack a Smartphone or GPS device? Can’t find your compass?
Having a compass in your pocket or day bag is handy, but in case
you don’t have a compass or don’t know how to use a compass
then take comfort in these survival skills.

A wrist watch is a handy tool for survival
Here’s how to find North using a wristwatch:
Survival Skills
Five military survival skills

Five military survival skills a prepper should master...
There are five basic survival skills (and learning to use paracord
is not one of them). The five basic survival skills a prepper needs
to master just so happen to be the five basic military skills. They
include: finding water, shelter building, foraging for food, fire
building and navigating.

Five Military Survival Skills
Look to the military for the five basic survival skills.

1. Finding Water.
Water is life. Every prepper worth his weight in salt knows you
can’t live more than three days without water, so it’s a top
priority in a survival situation to find some. Even on a day hike
you should carry with you a water bottle filled with life-saving
fluid. There are other things to pack to help ensure your survival:

  • Get a metal container. Your water bottle should be of
    metal or you should have a metal cookset, so that you can
    boil water if need be. Never eat snow as it will chill you. It’s
    better to let snow melt near the fire in your metal cup. A
    cup can also help you capture dew and rain.

  • Pack a firestarter even for a day trip. A firestarter is
    everyday carry will help you boil your water to kill off
    pathogens.

  • Consider bringing a waterstraw. If you have room, pack a
    lifestraw water filter. Honestly, waterstaws suck, but they
    are lifesaving and clever devices. With a water straw you
    can suck fresh water from a lake, creek or stream -- even a
    puddle or a mud hole that you dig. Unfortunately a water
    straw can’t remove salt water so you can’t use it with sea
    water, ocean water or brackish water.

  • Water treatment tablets. Another way to get potable water
    in an emergency situation is water treatment tablets, like
    Potable Aqua. These tiny pills will help turn water that’s
    substandard and disinfect it so that you don’t need to worry
    about the bacteria harming you. It’s peace of mind in an
    emergency.

  • Stash electrolyte powders. Tuck into your day bag some
    electrolyte powders for your journey. These little packet
    powders will come in handy in case of heat stroke or a
    diarrheal episode and it will make the water taste better,
    too.

But what if you’ve exhausted your water options or didn’t bring
any of the things we’ve outlined above? As a survival skill finding
water is your top priority. Below are some tips for helping you
find water.
Five Military Survival Skills
Potable Aqua
Titanium cook system
Titanium pot
Bivvy
Survival Lilly, above, offers a variety of bushcrafting skills in her simple
videos. Watch and learn how to craft a simple lean-to shelter

3. Foraging Food.
If you’re in the wild and anticipating a rescue, finding food isn’t
your top priority because you can live up to three weeks without
food, but if you’re in dire straights because no one knows you’re
missing or you’re in a remote location where rescue is dismal, you’
ll need to elevate food finding as a priority. In your day bag there
are a few key things you can pack to make getting lost a little
easier:

  • Hard candies. Sugar is energy and will lift your spirits and
    fuel your path to safety. A Jolly Rancher, a butterscotch or a
    Lifesaver could be, well a real lifesaver! Alternatively, bring
    along energy chews. If you’re in bear country, put these
    items far away from your campsite as they will attract an
    unwanted night visitor.

  • Food bars. Food bars are easy to pack and satisfying.
    Pemmican is an acquired taste of animal fat, nuts and
    berries, but well worth considering. (Ration bars are heavy
    bricks and not recommended for a day hike).

  • Beef Jerky. Beef jerky is a classic food to bring along as it’s
    dehydrated and lightweight. The salt content will have you
    thirsty, but on the other hand salt helps you retain water
    making it an excellent choice to bring.

Regarding finding food in the wild, keep the following in mind:

  • Crickets and grasshoppers. Insects are, for the most part,
    a safe food to eat, but for safety stick to crickets and
    grasshoppers, which are protein packed and easier to spot.
    Don’t eat the hairy bugs or the brightly colored ones. Avoid
    the spiders and anything venomous. Obviously skip the other
    critters like flies, ticks and mosquitoes. Avoid the
    cockroaches, too! Like we said, stick to the crickets and
    grasshoppers.

If you’re unsure: don’t eat it!
  • Avoid mushrooms. They provide little nutritional value and
    could kill you.
  • Beware of berries. Half of the red berries will kill you.
  • Avoid anything plant or insect that’s milky sap or has a
    strong smell. It’s nature’s way of warning you not to eat it.

Craving meat?
Unless you brought along a survival fishing kit or know how to
knock a rodent with rock or sling shot, you’d better not waste
your precious energy hunting. Put your survival skills to good use
navigating your way home instead.

4. Fire building.
Building a fire is a skill that every prepper should master. It
begins with collecting firewood, logs, twigs and tinder. With a fire
you can do the following:
  • Stay warm.
  • Light the night.
  • Cook food.
  • Make water potable.
  • Add comfort and renew hope.
  • Signal for help.

If you brought a bivvy or a Mylar blanket you can use the
reflective material to reflect heat back to warm your entire body.
OffGridWeb.com below shows how to use the heat reflection
using Mylar.
2. Shelter building.
There are five basic survival skills, and learning to use paracord
is not one of them. Okay we lied about the paracord thing.
Knowing h
ow to use paracord is still extremely important
because it can help you with shelter building. The thing is that
you don't need paracord. You can use dental floss, fishing wire
or other cordage!

One of the most important skills you can have in addition to
finding water is shelter building. To that end, here are some
important things to remember to bring along.

  • Have some cordage. Hopefully you have some cordage in
    your Every day carry. (small cluster of survival items carried
    in a pocket, belt, holster, wallet or purse Paracord is
    available abundantly in raw form or transformed into
    bracelets and keychains. Paracord is a popular survival item,
    but you’ll need to have a knife. Few consider that even
    dental floss is good cordage material and a great candidate
    for your go bag because it’s so lightweight, it’s strong and it
    cuts easily thanks to the container.

  • Bring a bivvy. Even on a day trip it’s a good idea to bring a
    bivvy should you get lost in the woods. What's a bivvy? A
    bivvy is a lightweight sack, like a sleeping bag, that’s made
    of Mylar. It’s goal is to help you retain body heat and help
    you avoid hypothermia. It can also help you feel secure
    against the elements as the night critters make their way
    out to bite you.

Here are some considerations should you find yourself with no
man-made materials to build your shelter.

  • Select the campsite. The shelter you build should be close
    enough to your water source as a campsite, but your goal is
    to find something high and dry. You should also steer clear
    of widow makers. Widowmakers are trees that could fall on
    you at night, killing you and thus theoretically making you a
    widow. If you have a perfect spot, you may decide to fell a
    tree to ensure it doesn't inadvertently make you a widow.

  • Insulate yourself from the ground. Leaves can provide a
    bedding and insulate you from the cold earth that gets
    colder by night.

  • Know how to build simple lean to. Below, SurvivalLily
    shows you how to make a simple lean-to shelter.
Pemmican - fruit and nut
Food bars by millennium include survival tips
100 Deadly Survival Skills