Wilderness survival skills that also work in an urban environment by Mary Miller for BugOut
Wilderness survival skills are typically only framed within the context of a prepper hiking in the woods, miles away from civilization. This is unfortunate because it limits the application of these skills to such specific scenarios, as though threats could only ever be encountered in remote and natural areas. While it is true that the comforts of modern living can afford a lot of safety nets when it comes to survival, what would happen if a large-scale catastrophe, such as an earthquake, were to occur in an urban area? All of those modern comforts that so many people take for granted could completely vanish overnight. Here are some of the best wilderness survival skills that could still come in handy when SHTF in an urban environment. (h/t to SurvivalSullivan.com)
This is a skill that is undoubtedly useful in any situation. Whether you are surrounded by a lush forest or a concrete jungle, life will always be filled with challenges and problems. The key to survival is being able to think critically and find the most efficient solution to any problem quickly, rationally, and without letting your negative emotions affect your better judgment. In fact, this skill may even be more important in an urban setting than in a remote one. In the wilderness, you will likely have to face your problems alone, but in an urban environment, you might have to remain calm and collected while surrounded by other people. Any rash decisions on your part may result in immediate consequences for yourself and the people around you.
Medical emergencies can happen at any moment, and instinctively knowing what to do when SHTF can mean the difference between life and death. Even if you had access to medical supplies, what good would they be if you didn’t know how to use them properly? Your knowledge of first aid should not be limited to knowing how to apply a band-aid. Take the time to learn how to clean and suture a wound, how to perform CPR, and how to perform other relevant applications of first aid. You can even enroll in first aid classes to learn medical emergency assessment.
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