Survival skills carry a different meaning based on the world that you live in. But usually, survival skills refer to things like building a shelter, making a fire, and hunting or gathering your own food. These old wilderness skills kept our species alive and allowed our society to evolve into what it is today. Nowadays, survival skills are things like knowing how to use a smartphone and figuring out all the other technologies that dominate our lives. As we move into new frontiers, many of the old world survival skills are becoming forgotten arts. If your power was cut off for a prolonged period, would you be able to survive?

We live in a world that relies heavily on both the internet and electricity. Without these things, your life would become more harsh and demanding, and some people would not know what to do. We no longer need to hunt or gather as we can easily purchase all our food from a grocery store. Electricity heating and air conditioning keep our homes comfortable. Wilderness survival skills are something you may never use in your lifetime. But unexpected occurrences can happen, which can make knowing these survival skills the difference between life and death.

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I consider myself an amateur survivalist. I know how to make a fire and shelter. I have even gone on trips to remote locations so I could practice my skills. For the most part, I feel I could survive if the world went to shit, but I am also no survival expert. Survival skills act as insurance in case things go badly. Of course, you won’t use these skills on a day-to-day basis in our modern world. But if you get lost on a camping trip or some world-changing event happens, you can save your life and the lives of others. But survival skills are not just limited to wilderness survival techniques.

In our current pandemic-fueled age, survival skills revolve around wearing a mask and practicing good hygiene. For those living amongst poverty and crime, survival skills can be making the right decisions and knowing the right people. Survival skills for a businessman differ from those of a police officer. It’s essential to gain versatile survival skills to help you in many situations instead of focusing on what’s currently working. Your circumstances can change rapidly, usually when you least expect it. Technology is a fantastic tool, but it can also become a crutch. For some, especially those born into this new age, the loss of technology would destroy their ability to function.

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If this article has piqued your curiosity about wilderness survival, you may be wondering where is a good place to begin. Start with learning how to build a shelter and fire. Human Beings can survive 3 weeks without food but only 3 days without water. Once you begin this journey, there are many more advanced skills to acquire, like building traps and snares along with quartering animals and learning about poisonous and edible plants. I asked the question, “Are you lacking survival skills?” because many of us are. And if a world-changing event were to occur, most of us would not be ready.

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