Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How To Be A World-Class Survivalist in 5 Simple Steps

Joy Paley
Activist Post

With the recent econopocalypse, it’s no wonder that people are becoming more interested in what it would take to survive after our current society has undergone a major shift. After all, if something we thought was intrinsically stable—our financial sector, and the guarantee of ever increasing wealth—is actually pretty flimsy, well, a lot of other things can be brought into question too. Take out a seemingly small piece of the puzzle, like access to gasoline, and you find that your local grocery will run out of goods within 2 days. Learning the basic skills to survive without the modern conveniences of society is a way to prepare yourself for these unpredictable shifts. And, the skills you’ll hone in the process—self-reliance, problem solving, and cleverness—are ones that will definitely benefit you in your everyday life.

1. Get In Shape
It’s not that exciting of a tip, but it’s probably the most important in terms of survival. Having an in-shape cardiovascular system will mean that you’ll be able to run, forage, and do any other intense aerobic activity that comes with living outside of society. Keeping your muscles strong is to key for chopping wood, building shelter, and generally being useful when physical brawn again becomes as important as intellectual ability.

2. Learn Basic Wilderness Skills
Before you hit the military surplus store for thousands of dollars worth of MRE rations, first put a little effort into really getting good at basic skills for navigating outside of your comfort zone. First, learn how to build a fire, without a gallon of fire starter and newspaper. Review how to build a protective shelter outside and how to find water. These three most basic skills aren’t easy—but they are sure to come in handy when you’ve got no lights, heat, or running water.

3. Invest Wisely in Supplies
Now that you’ve shown your commitment to survivalism by knowing a few basic essentials, you can consider investing in the supplies that will make your life easier, after society’s collapse. Don’t head down to your local REI store though—you can burn through your entire nest egg on commercial wilderness and survival gear at those fancy places. Think utility and budget.

•    Stock up a pantry of canned goods—think beans, tuna, veggies, fruit, and soups
•    Get bulk basics like oil, sugar, salt, peanut butter, rice, lentils, and any other grains you prefer
•    Pick up a rechargeable LED flashlight for every member of your family
•    Get several 5 gallon jugs of water
•    Create a comprehensive first aid kid
•    If you don’t have one, purchase a firearm and stock up on ammunition

4. Learn How to Feed Yourself
No matter how many Costco jugs of peanut butter you buy, your food stock isn’t going to last forever. Any survivalist has to know how to feed themselves when the going gets tough. This includes growing food, foraging, fishing, and hunting. Stock up on seeds, and start with a small vegetable garden. Learn to identify and find edible and medicinal plants in your area. If you’ve never hunted, start small. Find, catch, kill, and cook a rabbit or squirrel to start.

5. Learn Antiquated Skills
Back before the days of Super Wal-Mart and excess income, regular people like you and me knew skills for surviving the year. In the winter when there weren’t any fresh fruits and vegetables, people depended on canned, pickled, smoked, and other preserved food that they had prepared in the summertime. Candles offered valuable light, and handmade soap kept them clean. These are the types of skills that will not only keep you alive longer, but will actually make living a little more enjoyable. 

Joy Paley is a science and technology writer from Berkeley, California. She is a guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog and writes on accredited online degrees for Guide to Online Schools.

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Anonymous said...

Remember one more thing, the lone wolf is Hollywood legend, a small group is greater than the sum of it's parts. Even a man and a horse is better than being all alone.

Anonymous said...

This survivalist stuff is crap - if they want you they'll get you with their heat/motion sensors in the woods. I know of two people who walked off the main trail in the forest and all of a sudden GI Joe pops out with a weapon telling them to get back on the path. Your in a prison already and if you go on private property (US gov. property) they'll catch you.
No one is going to tell you what the REAL solution is because they'll get arrested for threats/terrorism. Figure it out.

Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah, wanted to add this article applies only to short term crisis, not long term. There are 350+MILLION people in this country, not living in the 1800's. The author is from Berkeley, what did you expect?? "Candles offered valuable light..." What are you, Martha Stewart? Soapmaking is time consuming and expensive - this article is more about arts and crafts and distracting you than it is about what you really need to do when the shit hits the fan. ONE firearm??? Ha!

Anonymous said...

These are all well and good as "basic" or more apropriately "basic outline". As a long term, or us against them as anonymous alludes it means nothing. One firearm or no firearms doesn't matter. With the weaponry and technology today the establishment and or military can own you whenever they want.

Anonymous said...

Sustainable? That is the magic term! McMansions are not, SUV's are not, Big fat people are not, all these will die off with the great hulking American Neanderthal:product of two hundred years of selective breeding of the best of European stock, for the single-mined purpose of exploiting the easy resources of America in the quickest, cheapest ways possible. This great beast has been dropped and replaced by the semi-slave laborers in China for larger ROI mostly!

Anonymous said...

They've driven more than 50% of us to live in cities with failing instructure, limited resources which are under the control of preople more inclined to be looked at as 'part of cause' than as 'part of the solution'. Land management bureau's across the country now restrict usage of public lands. Except for coastal cities there's a three (3) day food supply in each city, those on the coast get an extra day because of the ports. If it hits the fan, its going to happen fast and pretty much nation wide. Being able to survive 90-120 days will at least get you a ticket to th other side. Once there, we'll see.

Wander Wits said...

See how the media has us thinking?
Get a diploma, addiction to movies, be good, cattle in the morning commute. Once upon a time, money was useless, and hoarding was a sin. Where the is sharing factor? Where is the loyalty? How long will it take security forces to understand they too are in it? Their family, friends, family of friends, friends of family, friends of friends. When will they realize?
You know the good folks, they are giving and trusting, and need no rules or laws for correctness. They are well involved in providing much more than their share. Help them to the end. They might be feeding our children. Be loyal to good people. That is how we will survive.

Our life, we take two steps of a million steps more, searching for permissions and directions. Not I, and now not you.

Anonymous said...

It's not a question of surviving, it is a question of seeing.

Anonymous said...

Ok, all of you, stop crying and complaining about it! The old saying, (if life gives you lemons make lemonaid) works here. Sit down take a deep breath and make a plan that makes sense for you. Get the the plan. What skills you don't have, get them, there are great books on the subject, read some. Try a survival blog, great help can be had there. The OLD boy scout hand book is a great resource.(if you can find it) Read the book Patriots by James Wesley Rawles. Ask questions, a lot of folks are talking about this very thing!It will be WORK but it can also be satisfying learning how to beat them at their own game. Don't put it off, start now, And DO NOT GIVE UP!

Anonymous said...

The people of the U.S. will have to work together or watch the government kill us. That simple, no one will be able to survive for long.

The one thing I give the elite is that they have done a great job of destroying the character of the last 3 generations.

BrazosSticks said...

And make sure you have the oldest and easiest protection, shelter post, food gatherer and trekking support ever...a walking stick.

Anonymous said...

300 million people, all surviving on green shoots and bunnies; riiigghhhttt....

Anonymous said...

300 million people? I think least half of that or more will die in the first couple of weeks. And many more within a few months. The meek shall NOT inherit the earth.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree, the die-off for lack of water and then lack of food in the first 30 - 60 days is likely to be horrendous. Live through that and your chances should improve dramatically.

But the days of 'easy' are over.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you that the death rate will be immense. It will probably be less than 1/4 after only a few weeks. Today is the time to get your mind ready for what you will have to face. Like the Boy Scouts say. Be Prepared

Anonymous said...

just starting out as a survivalist what is the best info.

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