Prepping Basics: 12 Fundamentals of Survival


(Modern – For many, the last few years have cemented the fact that prepping is essential. If the recent health crisis wasn’t enough to convince the masses that preparation is a necessity, the fluctuating shortages of essential goods and skyrocketing prices likely have. The problem facing new survivalist “converts” is knowing where to begin on the journey to becoming self-sufficient.

There is a lot of material available on becoming “prepared” out there, but where do you start? We suggest all preppers begin with the following 12 basic fundamentals of survival:

  1. Survival Mindset
  2. Physical Fitness
  3. Education & Training
  4. Self-Defense
  5. Water
  6. Food
  7. Fire
  8. Shelter
  9. Weapons & Tactics
  10. First Aid
  11. Communications
  12. Terrain/Land Navigation

By breaking down survival into 12 fundamental topics, the endless sources of information become less overwhelming. Focus on one subject at a time, find a resource to help you learn about it, then master it. As you study, always look for more proficient methods to use or ways that the skills you are learning can be applied to the other fundamentals.

One mistake many newcomers make when it comes to prepping is spending time and money on shiny gadgets. Yes, tools are often essential to survival; however, we never want to be overly reliant on them. Besides, it’s not wise to purchase a Lamborghini as your first car, especially when you are just learning how to drive.

Once you learn the basics and create a solid foundation, it will be easier to look at what you have available and put something together. The best thing you can do to become prepared is to dedicate time and energy to learning and training. The more you practice, the easier it gets – and the calmer you will be when you really need to put those skills into action.

If you are a novice prepper or even a hardened survivalist, there are many books you can read to learn more about survival. The internet has a lot of amazing resources to help preppers, but having a hard copy book on hand gives you access to all of that information even when the power goes out. Here you can find the top-selling survival books available on Amazon.

The more you learn and practice, the more prepared you will be to face whatever challenges come your way. To begin your journey through the 12 fundamentals of survival, check out our article on developing a survival mindset here.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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