They say that living in the wilderness, making use of whatever is present in the environment, and being one with nature are some of the true measures of a real man. While not everyone is cut out to become a survivalist, anyone can learn the basics of bushcraft. There are tips and tricks for bushcraft newbies to learn and master. Here are some of them.
A heavy duty knife is your best friend
Ask any experienced bushmaster and he will tell you, from all the different tools you can give to him, he will always pick a heavy duty, all-purpose bushcraft knife over the others. And if this knife happens to be equipped with multi-tool attachments, then it should serve him well out in the wild.
Having a blade is one thing. Learning to keep it sharp is another. That is why you should also strive to learn how to sharpen your knife using a pocket whetstone or sharpening stone. You might also want to include a first aid kit to manage accidental cuts since you’re essentially talking about sharp instruments here.
Learn the art of sourcing your water
You may have the best and sharpest cutting tool in town, but if you don’t know how to source potable water, then you’d be lost out there in the woods. Just because a spring looks sparkling clear doesn’t necessarily mean it is devoid of microorganisms that can upset your stomach and make you sick. Even rainwater can sometimes be harmful since you clearly don’t know what’s in the air. You can carry a bottle of water if you do intend to stay in the wild for a day. But longer than that, you’d have to learn where to source your water.
Getting your drink from untested bodies of water can be risky. That’s why you have to boil it first. You can then store the boiled water into your empty water bottle for additional hydration.
Start a fire like our ancestors did
Starting a fire is perhaps the most important skill any bushcraft individual has to learn. How can you boil the water you need to drink if you don’t know how to start a fire? You might say that you can always bring with you a torch or a lighter but these will run out. Then what? As such it is imperative that you learn the different ways of starting a fire which can include sparks, compression, friction, solar, chemical, and even electrical.
Of particular importance are the sparks generators as these devices are impervious to moisture. At any rate, you can still start a fire even if your device has been drenched in rainwater. The next step is to know where to get your natural tinders.
Sleeping comfortably in the bushes
Forget a comfy camping bed if you’re in the bushes. However, you can always bring a tarp with you as it is so easy to setup and very light to carry. You can also build your own temporary shelter, but if you’re only there for a night or two, your tarp should be great. Sleeping bags can also come in handy.
Living in the wild can be quite scary. But with these tips and tricks, you can be a great bushcraft person yourself.