Survival Skills: 4 Things You Need to Know to Survive
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Survival Skills: Top 4 Things Needed to Survive

Disaster Strikes:

Every once in a while, disaster strikes. That is where your survival skills training kicks in. Whether there’s a horrendous storm that knocks out your power or you just get lost by wandering too far off the trails. Maybe you have been taken against your will and are being held, hostage. You could be in a tornado and right in the line of fire.

Whatever the problem, these pages on this site can help get you prepared for tragedy whenever it strikes. Getting prepared means really thinking of the things you need to survive. This is not the time to worry about your makeup for example. Just the necessities.

So here we are in a disaster situation. You are trapped after a plane crash on an island and it’s you and a handful of other people that survived. It up to you to lead these people. Your the only one who has ever considered being in a situation like this before.

First things first, split up the work between the others stranded with you. Divey it out between the lot of you. Everyone is going to have different survival skills sets. Send the men to collect the wood for the fire and shelter. Send the women to try to gather some water or begin working on the shelter or whatever else he or she happens to be best suited for.

Luckily you have some companions in this demonstration. If you were alone, you would have to do all the work on your own. This would seem like endless work and be very difficult to achieve with no company to help out.

You need to get them to work quickly. Night time rolls around pretty fast around these parts and there is no telling what may happen to you and your comrades if you don’t have a fire built in order to keep the animals that hunt at night away from your camp.

Survival Skills help get this group a fire going
Survival Skills led these men to be able to start a fire

So back to the reason we are here today. Let’s discuss the 4 most important things that you and your fellow travelers need. This is also a good time to split up and see how much you can find on your own.

The day is probably dragging on and it may be ridiculously hot or cold outside. The more directions you go, the better chance you can scrounge up anything you may need from around the island.

Survival Skills:

Gather Water: This is the number one thing you must bring if you want to survive. An average person can go a couple of weeks without food but water deprivation can set in within just a couple hours. You need to get hydrated as soon as possible.

If you already have a fire, then you can collect water from a stream, lake or pond. Warm the cup up to 158 degrees or higher (it boils at 212 degrees). Let stand for 5 minutes and that will knock a lot of the stuff that is unhealthy for you out of the water. Beware though, micro-organisms still infest the water and could get you sick. But being sick is better than being dead so there’s always that angle.

You can melt the snow down and drink it after the water reaches 158 degrees. Don’t just put it in your mouth. It can cut up the insides of your mouth and make things worse for you. If it’s hot outside instead, you’ll have to get all the water anyway that you can before you burn up.

First Aid: You should familiarize yourself with what’s inside of your first aid kit. This will ensure that if someone becomes injured, you can patch them back the best you can. These first aid kits can be purchased cheap (like the one I linked above).

You really should have one in your house kept somewhere near your bug out bag so if you are in a hurry, you can just grab them both and head out with everyone else. There is no excuse to not own one. You and your families health is not a cost you should negotiate with. Buy one today so you are prepared for anything that may come across.

Navigation: Hopefully at least one of you guys brought a compass, right? Well even if you didn’t here are a couple of things you can do. First off you can find a river and walk along the river. Follow the stream far enough and it’s very likely it is heading toward civilization. You will almost always able to do this. If you can’t walk to find a river, try using the Northern Star and Sun for directions.

Another thing you can try is to make your own compass. This can be done with a leaf, some water and a small pointed device like a bobby pin or needle. Simply take the needle and set it in the middle of the backside of the leaf. Gently set the leaf in the water and watch it turn to face due North. Now you know where North is. Worst case you can follow north to wherever it goes. Best case, you know the direction you need to travel after the needle guides the way.

girl defending herself showing survival skills
Girl Gets Ready to Fight

Self-defense: This is important for all sizes of people that may be going on your outing together. Its never to young to suggest your child take some self-defense courses. Whether you are in town or in a jungle, these survival skills can come in very handy. The last thing you want is for the world to be ending and you don’t know how to fight for you and your family.

Once you have gotten those 4 initial things down, the rest should be a heck of a lot easier. Next, you will want to build a shelter and get some food. You are far off from being done. These next few days or however long it will be before you are rescued will no doubt be difficult.

Gather as much long pieces of wood or bamboo to start on the shelter. Large leaves make for a good sturdy roof. They can not only stand up to the rain but you can also put some make ready buckets under the leaves and have them dipping just off the roof. This will allow you to catch some of that natural rainwater – which you can drink immediately.

It’s up to you to keep a positive attitude. That will be the biggest challenge. If you stay upbeat you will find that your positivity is contagious and others around you will feel more confident as well. If you are feeling hopeless and depressed – everyone around you might get in that same tone and then you are truly lost.

That’s pretty much it. After that just try to relax and save your strength. It could be a while before you are rescued so you want to stay away from any really hard work. Don’t try to build a raft or something silly like that. Your on an island and only outside help can get you back to civilization. Stay positive and you will be out of there in no time at all. You were able to learn how to react to these types of harsh environments. You did well. Your mother would be proud of you.

That is about it. Those are the 4 most important things you will need to know how to do in case you wind up in a sticky situation like the one described here. Keep reading our posts! We have lots of good information in here just hoping to help someone who may be going through something as hard as being stuck on a desert island in the middle of nowhere.

Kenneth E. Sweet Jr.
Kenneth E. Sweet Jr. is a published author of many blogs, website content and more. He is an active YouTuber, father of 2 and Wizard in training. You can follow his personal survival blog over at