Consider yourself a true survivalist? You should have a good set of tools (literal and figurative) that you are familiar with in case the unforeseeable occurs. Many survivalist skills provide you with knowledge of how to survive by making the best out of your surroundings. Your ability to meet your basic human needs- food, water, shelter, and safety will determine how well you fare in a true TEOTWAWKI situation.
Food is a basic requirement for any person in any situation. A survivalist must know how to forage for food when they are on the run or making camp for the day. Familiarization with local fruit, plants, wildlife, or insects can help you when you are in a situation where you don’t have your own food. Food survival skills include animal trapping, hunting, fishing and knowledge of the edible plants around you.
Water is a mandatory need in survivalist situations and the body does not function well without it. Your ability to either find water or ration the water that you have will greatly improve your chances of living. When a person is presented with a survivalist situation, it is likely that they will be losing a lot of water through perspiration caused by exercise. Water loss can be compounded by hot, dry or cold weather situations and dehydration needs to be avoided to keep the body functioning properly. Make finding a water supply a top priority.
Shelter is a common need and can help to keep you safe from enemies as well as provide a place to rest and protection from the elements. Becoming knowledgeable in the resources available to you to find shelter (such as a cave) or build your own structure (such as a tree shelter) will give you a place to protect you from the sun, wind, rain, snow, and hot or cold temperatures.
Safety can incorporate several different elements including mental preparedness, first-aid knowledge and resources, fire, and navigation. Having a strong will to live and avoid letting stress or anxiety get you in trouble are strategies that can help to save lives. First-aid presents obvious benefits as it allows the prevention of injuries or sickness or the progression of either. A fire can help to keep you warm, purify water, cook food, and help to provide you a rescue signal. Navigating your way to a safer location or away from enemies is a useful skill that can be developed through utilizing natural objects, maps or compasses, and even the sun and stars.