The question I seem to be getting over and over these days is…
Where do I start?
My answer is always the same – start by increasing your knowledge and learning practical survival skills. I value knowledge more than any other measure of preparedness. After all, what good is having best gear and not the ability or knowledge to put it to use?
I’m always trying to learn new skills, you can never know everything or to much. But most people don’t have the time or desire to learn new skills, even most preppers never do anything other than going to the range twice a year or watching the latest disaster movie or reality show.
Skills are needed and being a jack of all trades is desirable now and after the collapse. But how do you find time to learn while maintaining a household and spending time with your family? Most of us don’t have the time or money for “formal” survival training.
It would be great to have a well-trained survival group with each member being proficient in various survival skills and disciplines each complementing the others, but in reality you will likely be on your own or the only one in the group (probably family members) who has prepared with any clue of what to do next.
So how do you turn yourself into a survival Einstein while balancing work (if you still have a job) and family obligations? It’s not easy but can be done.
If possible get your family on board so it becomes a family event, where you learn and spend time together. A family working together toward preparedness is the ultimate survival group.
It may not be easy to talk the wife and kids into a two-week wilderness survival adventure or eating nothing but foods from your stockpile for a month, maybe you can find a compromise, a place where you can all agree and find common interest.
For example; CPR / first aid classes, hunter safety courses, self-defense classes, or a shop course. Most states offer concealed handgun carry classes – these are great for learning the fundamentals of firearms handling, care and laws governing your state.
Be on the lookout for training opportunities in your area, just remember it’s not all about combat, military tactic and weapons. These skill are great and fun, but in reality you are more likely to need to know how to splint a broken leg, bake bread, purify water or track game, than how to set up an ambush or take out a tank.
Books are great and you can learn a great deal from reading, but you need to get your hands dirty by actually doing. Don’t become another armchair survivalist – we have far to many of those already. The only way to gain skill is by doing.
I find it easier to learn if a subjects are broken into parts – this way my mind doesn’t get side-tracked or I don’t get discouraged trying to learn everything at once. The important this is to learn as much as you can by doing and including your family as much as possible.
What do you think is the most important survival skill? How did you find the time to learn it? Was your family involved?