posted on Oct, 3 2013 @ 11:28 PM
reply to post by Philippines
Please dont take the OP wrong. I know that 3rd world countries have something to teach many Americans who now face the loss of creature comforts and
It would be great to hear more about what you have to share on this subject. I lived in a home that was built about 1,200 years ago when I was
younger, the walls and floors were still the same as the day they were put in and cleaner than one could imagine. We did have electricity but not like
most modern homes and even though we had a stove I chose to cook in the Kiva stove most of the time.
I have also lived in the outbacks of the Arizona deserts and had an oasis imo.
I have endured many times when in dangerous weather and sub zero freezing temps my life went on as usual although we did go to bed a bit earlier.
So, I would be the last one to think that life would end if the power goes off or food is disrupted. But there are far more people who would freak
without modern comforts.
I'm not offended, no worries =)
As for what I have to share on the subject; it really depends on your location. There is no answer for everyone, but there are some basics to
understand and beyond that it's up to the individual to make an effort to learn or not.
The basics are simple: Food, water, shelter... Away from strangers.
Food: Either know what to eat that is on the land around you, or grow/catch/hunt your own. Make sure you carry a metal container to cook with that.
Water: Be in an area where you know the water is clean enough to drink fresh, or safe to boil and drink (no chemicals/pollution etc.) Bring along some
empty gallon containers to fetch water with.
Shelter: In the USA it can be very cold at night. A good shelter with blankets and a warm fire are preferable. I would move South to not fight against
the cold, but that's me. It also makes another complication for getting food during the winter unless you have it properly stored to last you through
it. Pick a place that is not too far of a walk from your water source. A tarp with some para cord is an easy shelter to make.
Fire: You will probably need to be making a fire every day. It is extremely important to have a good tool to make/chop firewood and skin it to dry
faster. You also need a way to start the fire if you have no leftover coals. For cooking, I prefer to use 3 stones (not from a river) to support the
pot up, with the wood cooking in between the stones.
Bottom line though, long term survival in the wild is probably only viable with experience. The best advice I can give is to pack your bag with what
you think you need and walk 6-8 hours into the middle of nowhere and try to live for a few nights. Write down what you should do differently next time
and keep trying. As someone else pointed out, if you know of a survivalist, stick to them and watch and learn from everything they do. Buying
books/gear is a start, but knowledge/experience surpasses that stuff.
Hope that helps some =)