5 Crucial Skills for Survival Amplified with Military Gear


by S.V.


In emergency situations, the right knowledge and preparations can be crucial to your survival. From becoming an expert on your military gear before you need to use it, to learning to identify edible plants, let’s take a look at 5 must-have skills for making it through a disaster unscathed.


Learn How to Use Your Military Gear


Military gear is of very little use to you if you don’t know how to use it. A stock of paracord isn’t helpful unless you know how to tie sturdy knots; a gun won’t help you protect yourself or kill animals to eat unless you’re a decent shot. Whenever you purchase any military gear, spend time getting to know it: what it does, how to keep it clean, how to fix it if it breaks. Learn your military gear so well that you’ll be able to use it reflexively in an emergency.


Learn What Water is Safe to Drink


Without water, you’ll be dead in a few days. Without clean water, you might be dead even sooner. Understand the importance of getting clean water and know how to sterilize it yourself. Boiling is all well and good, but what if you don’t have fire or a pot? The same goes for purification tablets – what happens when you run out? Have a number of water collection methods stored away in your brain, just in case.


Learn How to Eat


Unless you’ve spent a good amount of time hunting, odds are that you might have some trouble feeding yourself at first. Learn not only how to hunt but how to prepare and cook what you’ve caught. In terms of plants, learn about your local options and make sure you can identify them. If possible, keep a guide to local plant life in your emergency kit.


Learn Basic Medical Care


Small injuries can quickly turn into big problems without care. Take a basic first aid course and learn everything you can about survivalist medicine. Then, prepare an emergency medical kit to bring with you should disaster strike.


Learn How to Start a Fire


Warmth, safety, light, and cooking ability all come from a good fire. If you’ve only started a fire with matches or a lighter, it’s time to learn how to start one if you don’t have these precious resources on hand. Any military gear store will likely have a fire-starting kit that will last as long as you need it to. Learn how to use it and practice making fires in wet and windy conditions to be sure that you can do so effectively.


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2 thoughts on “5 Crucial Skills for Survival Amplified with Military Gear”

  1. 1) Your very first thing to do is make a plan. Are you alone or with a group?
    next where are you going to go and how to get there. What if you cannot make it to where you want to go. Have a map and a compass “GPS” might be down. And learn how to use them. Lets face it, if there is an emergency and you have to bug out. Everyone else will try do do the same thing. A car or motorcycle will only take you so far. But a truck with a motorcycle or horse will take you much further. Lets face it hiking sucks, when to need to move fast. But you have to do what you have to do.

    2) After your plan is made, the next thing is how much can you carry. What do you need for the run? “FUEL” not only for your vehicle but for yourself.
    With a decent backpack for on foot. You need some basics. Good hiking boots. minimum of 2 pairs of socks. where 1 clean 1. pants with pockets
    not sweats. Can double as a flotation device as needed. Shirts, tee or other short sleeve. Long sleeve, for cold and bug protection. Jacket or some other outer layer to keep you warm at night, keep the rain off. Hat
    is a must, for the same reason as a jacket. Gloves and sun glasses, well you can figure that one out for yourselves. A decent back pack will have or you can purchase separately hydration bladder in it for water. “ONLY” water. good for drinking and cleaning out wounds. These back packs have lots of compartments for essentials. Food “I think mountain house tastes the best”. But try them all. can be stored along with your map, compass, extra clothes and small tent and sleeping bag. I keep in mine, water purification tablets,small multitool, waterproof matches, some rope,and flashlights. Don’t forget the first aid kit and toilet paper. Include a good survival manual that teaches, first aid, edible plants, how to build a shelter, make fire ect. possibly a small fishing pole. Don”t forget signaling devices to help find you if needed. Mirror to reflect the sun, whistle, Possibly a flare. Don’t forget medications if needed.

    3) Protection self, “not a condom” but can be useful as needed or to carry water or to tie something up. Knife 1 small to cut stuff around the camp, 1 large survival knife. The large usually comes with a little kit in the handle. Firearm if allowed. I have a old springfield survival rifle in 22 over 410. 22cal for small animals, 410 shot for birds, and 2 slugs for larger game.The ammo fits in the buttstock of the gun. Now for all against killing animals, I do not hunt, but when survival is the factor. You have to do what you can to survive. A good axe such as a gerber axe II, can protect you as wll as making fire wood or helping to build a structure. A machette for clearing brush.

    4) Water: Probably the most important thing. Carry only what you can. As said before a hydration pack for inside your pack. A canteen is needed. Hey the army uses them. Put on your belt. These are usually a quart. And water purification tablets, water filters,or purifiers. The water purification tablets take time and don’t taste so good. But kill everything
    you might find in unknown water. You can carry a lot of them in a small container. Filters and purifiers work well, but need to have parts swapped out at some point. Boiling water is the best .The survival manual as described earlier should teach you how to find and keep water safe.

    5) Fire and shelter. As described earlier. Your gear bag has room for lots of things. I mentioned tent, matches, possibly a tarp for cover. This is to keep you warm and dry and possibly bug free. Tents come in sizes from the space blanket material to family tents. remember everything you carry adds weight. so smaller is sometimes better. Fire: water proof and windproof matches are great. 1 or 2 bick lighters will also help, but may not work well in wet conditions. a magnesium fire stick is good, and “wet tinder” a brand name. Check out your military surplus stores for other brands.

    Recap: Knowledge is your most important tool in survival. Followed by good equipment. And the know how and good attitude to keep you going and safe.

    • Thanks for the info Dennis. I like the idea of truck with motorcycle in the back. You do not hear about motorcycles much when it comes to survival vehicles.



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