Your Basic Survival Needs: What They Are and How to Meet Them

No matter where you look, survivalists seem to be all over the news these days. In recent times, some of the top survivalist websites out there have been getting upwards of 5,000 individual visitors every day.

That’s a huge increase from past years.

If you’re new to the exciting and empowering world of survivalism, we’re here to outline your most basic survival needs in this rapid-fire post.

Survival Needs 101: The First Steps

If you’re getting a basic kit together, we recommend starting with a survivalist multi-tool. These most often include things that can get you out of common disasters or emergencies. These kits can be the size of a credit card, and some can even fit on a key chain. They can include:

  • Fishing Wire
  • Corkscrew
  • Small Hunting Knife or Seatbelt Cutter
  • Flashlight
  • Fishing Wire
  • Glass Breaking Device
  • Fire blanket
  • Screwdriver attachments

Of course, these tools can be specialized or hyper-focused towards the survival technique or specific disaster you’re preparing for. Whatever the case, they’ll meet your most basic survival needs.

The Next Steps: Water, Food, Shelter, Fire

You already know just how important these three basic human needs are. But be honest with yourself: in a disastrous situation, how ready are you really to make sure your basic needs, and those of your family, are met?

You should purchase:

  • An all-weather tarp (along with some string and even stakes, for immediate outdoor shelter construction)
  • Water purification tablets or a water filtration straw (this will turn any water into drinkable water)
  • Transpiration bags (to catch run-off water or rainwater)
  • Wool blanket to stay warm (for good measure, always keep one in the back of your car)
  • A poncho with a hood
  • A few pounds of dehydrated food
  • Snare wire for hunting
  • Knives for hunting
  • Matches or a lighter (preferably both)
  • A magnifying glass
  • Cotton balls for fire tinder/kindling

Survival Needs: The Skill Set

So, you’ve got the stuff – but do you have the wilderness skill set needed to survive in the wild?

You should make sure you’re reasonably prepared or at least familiar with the following skills and scenarios. Make sure that, in times of crisis, your skill set for survival needs will help you out of a bind.

  • Look for a campsite that’s “high and dry.” Steer clear of any downhill paths where you could be flooded or targeted.
  • How To Erect A Shelter: We’re not just talking about pitching a tent. Use your tarp, rocks, and pretty much anything you can find, and practice getting some kind of a shelter together.
  • Check Out Local Plants: Are edible or poisonous. Doing so can literally mean the difference between life and death.
  • Decide on an emergency plan and signal with your close friends and family members. Look into code words, assign phone trees and other alert systems, and set up a meeting point.

You’ve Mastered Your Basic Survival Needs

We hope this list has encouraged you to take real stock of how ready you are in the face of a disaster or emergency. You can also watch the video below for additional tips on how to become a survivalist.

Whether you’re new to prepping, or have been in the community for a long time, evaluating your basics is essential.

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