Day 147 – Survival skills

There’s probably never a bad time to learn survival skills, but I’ve just finished reading Fever by Deon Meyer about the apocalyptic fall out after a deadly coronavirus takes out most of the population, and considering the world’s current situation, now seemed a good time to learn how to survive without turning to Google.

I don’t doubt that this information exists online somewhere for free, but I once again took advantage of an Udemy sale and signed up for Basic Survival Concepts.

Image by LUM3N from Pixabay

The course was mainly aimed at hikers and campers, focusing on how to pack a “survival kit” in case of emergencies and extended time outdoors. I found this quite interesting, especially when I learnt how the different items can have multiple functions. I don’t think I’ll rush out and acquire everything on the list (there’d be no room left for snacks!), but I’ll definitely always pack a multitool knife, some duct tape, and some orange cotton material in a pack when I go walking. I learned that I can temporarily treat wounds, blisters, sprains, burns and bites with these 3 items, and that was worth the price of the course alone.

One big thing that I wanted to learn, and of course important to survival, is how to make a fire. Thankfully, the course went into depth about which natural materials I could use to ignite a fire, and which practical ones I should keep in a kit – a magnifying glass on my compass is a fantastic idea! The instructor then went through what we should look for in tinder, kindling, and fuel for building a fire so that we can not only keep warm, but disinfect water, and cook food on.

I spent a great afternoon learning all of this: I enjoyed it so much. I love spending time outdoors, sometimes going alone or finding myself without mobile connection, and I do wonder what I would do if anything was to happen. Now I know I can apply any self aid, and build a fire if needed, things I wouldn’t have had a clue about before this. There are many more modules in this course, including shelter, knots, and navigation, that I can’t wait to dig into, things that are truly valuable to learn. Bear Grylls eat your heart out!

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