Top 10 Basic Survival Skills
Here is a list of 10 Essential Basic Survival Skills. These skills are
absolutely essential for anyone trapped in a remote area and were also
necessary for the earliest humans to survive.
1. Building Fire
Since man started walking on two feet the most important survival
skill required is the ability to build a fire. Fire keeps us warm,
cooks our food, and is a warning sign for help.
to Make Fire Without Matches
2. Building Shelter
The next best basic survival need is shelter. Shelter protects against
the elements and building shelter is the first step to creating a
to Build Different Types of Shelters
3. Defending Against Dangerous Animals
Dangerous animals are more lethal than humans in some aspects because
they can poison or maul you. Finding ways to ward off these animal
attacks or avoid them is essential for survival.
to survive dangerous animal attacks
"Harrowing Survival Stories"
4. Communicating With Other Human Beings
Human beings have developed millions of languages. Learning a new
language or finding another way to communicate with people who
don't speak your own language is very important if you don't want to be
boiled in a pot.
5. On the Move
For societies that want to move forward, transportation is the best.
Walking is too slow. The easiest primitive vehicle is a
canoe or a raft. It doesn't require great technical knowledge to create
and it utilizes moving water which is more plentiful on Earth
6. Maximizing the Human Body
Building vehicles and shelter is a good start to advance. But when
disaster happens the only solution available is to run.
you need for the Marathon
7. Keeping Warm
It's easier to live in warmer climates. Less shelter and clothing is
required. But heat deters human advancement because disease spreads
rapidly and it's harder to work in extreme heat. Northern Nations
advanced quicker because they found a way to keep warm and start
civilized nations. Everybody must find a way to battle the cold and
and Wind Chill: When is Cold too Cold?
to survive Canadian weather?
8. Keeping Cool
Heat kills too. The easiest way to battle extreme heat is keep
hydrated. If you can't locate water you have no chance for survival.
9. All Tied Up
Tying knots is an essential survival skills for hikers, climbers, and
Knots for Scouts
Knotting, bends, hitches and knotcraft.
10. First Aid
We all suffer injuries. First aid is the quickest and in remote areas
the only option to recover.
principles of wilderness first aid
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Updated: October 22, 2011
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