Part of being a prepper is taking the time to develop new skills that will help us survive in an emergency situation. Today I’ll be talking about how learning some basic bushcraft skills can help you become a better prepper.
Even if you live in the city and you don’t spend much time in the wilderness, learning these skills can be very beneficial to you. After all, in a doomsday scenario, you may find that you’ll have to leave the city to get away from the looters and marauders that may intend to hurt you or your family members.
If you’ve never heard the term “bushcraft” before, let me take just a minute and explain what it means. This term is popular among survival experts and it basically refers to becoming proficient at skills that will help you survive in the wilderness.
What Are Bushcraft Skills?
Some common bush craft skills that might be beneficial to learn are:
- Fire starting using a number of different techniques. Those who are proficient in bushcrafting learn how to start fires using primitive methods such as with a fire bow or flint and steel. They also develop the skills to become good at starting fires in less than favorable conditions such as in the snow or in the rain.
- Building survival shelters out of whatever materials they may find around them. The shelters are usually quite primitive but they provide protection from the elements and in some cases from wild animals that may be in the area.
- Finding water and using the items that they have with them to make it safe to drink. This may mean boiling the water long enough to kill any harmful microorganisms, germs, bacteria, or viruses that might be in it, fabricating makeshift water filters out of naturally occurring materials, building solar stills, etc.
- Acquiring food whether it be by building traps to catch small animals or gathering edible plants.
- Developing wilderness first aid skills. This could range from learning how to make a simple splint to immobilize a broken arm or leg to utilizing medicinal plants to help cure common ailments and/or disinfect wounds.
Some Commonly Used Bushcraft Gear
Below you’ll find just a few bushcraft essentials that you might want to consider purchasing if you would like to learn to become proficient in various bushcrafting skills.
- Bushcraft knives are typically all-purpose knifes that can be used for a number of bushcrafting tasks. This might include chopping or splitting wood, skinning animals, drilling holes, etc. The best bushcraft knife is typically one that isn’t specifically designed to do one particular task very well but rather one that can do a number of jobs adequately.
- A bushcraft axe is usually one that is easy to carry, lightweight, and very robust.
- A bushcraft backpack isn’t going to be your typical mountaineering style backpack. Instead it will usually be a smaller pack that contains some basic tools that a bushcrafter might use while in the wilderness.
Ways to Acquire Bushcrafting Skills
There are numerous ways that you can become proficient at bushcrafting skills. Of course, one way is to read my website! In the next few months, I’ll be adding a number of articles related to developing these types of skills to Preppers Illustrated.
I’ll also be posting some videos on YouTube that show you that a woman, who happens to be a grandma, like myself can be perfectly capable of performing these types of skills. I think you’ll enjoy seeing that you don’t have to be an ex-military commando to become capable of performing typical bushcraft skills.
Some people enjoy going to bushcrafting retreats. These retreats typically range from one day to two weeks and during that time, you’ll learn many of the skills necessary to survive in the wilderness with basic bushcraft gear.
There are several books available on the subject that you can purchase as well.
What Are Your Thoughts?
I’d be really curious to know what you think about this topic. Take a minute and leave me a comment in the box below and share your thoughts. Before you leave, you may also be interested in reading my article called Top 11 Survival Items I Carry When I’m In The Woods.