Survival Skills

Survival skills are emergency essentials for anyone enjoys spending time in the outdoors. When disaster strikes your level of preparedness can mean the difference between seeing your family again or not. Learn how to survive in the wild with our comprehensive list of bushcraft skills, survival techniques and tactics. So when you find yourself in a life or death situation, you are not just a prepper with guts but rather a survivalist with brains.

The Rule of 3 in a Survival Situation

Learn the "Rule of 3" which can be the difference between life and death in a wilderness survival situation.

Good and Bad Wilderness Water Sources

Understand the differences between good and bad water sources in the wilderness.

How to Read a Topo Map

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Follow this simple guide to learn everything you need to know about reading topographic maps.

Learn how to build a snow trench, which is a winter survival shelter.

How to build an emergency snow trench

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Learn how to build a snow trench, which is an easy and quick emergency winter wilderness survival shelter.

Differences between a Black Bear and Grizzly Bear

How to tell the difference between a grizzly bear and black bear

Magnetic Declination Compass Adjustment

Declination Compass Adjustment

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Navigating by map and compass is fast becoming a lost art. Understanding magnetic declination and the necessary compass adjustments is an integral part of outdoors navigation and orienteering.

Grizzly Bear in Denali National Park. Credit: Daniel A Leifheit, NPS

How to use bear spray

Learn how to use bear spray. Bear spray is non-lethal bear deterrent that may save your life if you fall victim to a bear attack.

Alligators live in the southeast US. Learn how to avoid alligator attacks.

How to avoid alligator attacks

Learn how to avoid alligator attacks when traveling in gator country. Follow these simple steps for the safey of you and your pets.

How to survive a bear attack

How to survive a bear attack

Learn how to survive an attack from either a black bear or a grizzly bear.

Watch for these indications of a possible flash flood:

Four Top Do-it-Yourself Firestarters Tested

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How to Collect Drinking Water from Dew

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How to collect water in a “solar still”

How to Build a Lean-to Shelter

  1. Good and Bad Wilderness Water Sources

How to find the North Star

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Learn how to find the North Star. Follow these simple steps to always know which way is north.

How to calculate remaining daylight using your hand

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Learn how to calculate how much daylight is left in the day using only your hand. This survival skill is easy and essential.

How to navigate using your senses

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  2. Good and Bad Wilderness Water Sources
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Learn how to navigate using only your senses. Understanding this survival skill may be the difference between being lost or found.