You’ve got your guns.
Your pantry is stocked full of food.
You’ve got so much gear, your bags are ready to explode.
Are you really prepared to survive?
Gear is great, but have you really tested yourself? Have you run through real-world training scenarios that include some of the same stressors that you may face during a real crisis?
- Have you run through simulated scenarios?
- Have you tested your plans and looked for weak points?
- Do you know how to use every piece of gear in your bag, and have you actually tested it?
I love my gear as much as the next guy, but when it comes to survival nothing can replace knowledge and good old fashion practice. To truly be prepared, you need to start practicing your skills in a real-world setting.
Start Hiking and Backpacking
While the last thing you want to do during an actual bug out situation is walk to safety, you need to understand that the better prepared your body is to face that scenario, the better off you will be during any type of situation you may face.
Hiking is a great way to prepare; not only help you stay fit, which is an extremely important aspect of survival, but it will also prepare you both mentally and physically in case you have to bug out.
Build a fire pit in your backyard
Building a fire pit in your backyard can help you in a number of ways.
- It’s a great spot to practice fire starting techniques.
- It’s a great place to practice primitive cooking techniques.
- They’re good to have in case you’re ever without power.
- They don’t look suspicious to your unprepared neighbors.
Shoot, Shoot & then shoot some more
Whether it’s for hunting or self-defense, if you own a firearm it’s your responsibility to train and practice with that weapon.
How tragic would it be for yourself and your family if after all of your preparation you found out the hard way that you don’t know how to use your gun? Think I’m being a little over dramatic? Think again!
Every year thousands of gun owners are killed by a criminal because they never learned how to properly use their gun. From forgetting to take the safety off to not knowing how to shoot, there isn’t a day that goes by where you don’t hear about a tragedy that could have been prevented through training.
If you have the money take a class from a high-quality firearms instructor, please take one immediately.
Go hunting and fishing
Being able to provide for your family is not something that should be taken lightly. Even during the best of conditions, there’s going to be times that you come up empty-handed while hunting or fishing.
To give yourself the best chance of survival, you need to learn how to hunt and fish. The more you practice these skills the easier it will be to find food during a survival situation.