It’s a constant mental battle: how far do you go when learning survival skills?
Do you plan for a situation as horrible as that caused by Hurricane Katrina? Do you plan for something far worse?
…Or is it most likely you simply get hit by a tornado, which, though destructive, only requires just a short recovery time?
Anything could happen. And no one expected the serious damage from the various hurricanes which have hit in the past recent years.
With that in mind, here’s a few advanced survival skills that will serve you well in situations a little more intense than a quick-and-over tornado:
1. Navigate by Sky
It’s easy to learn your way around during the day. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. You simply tell your directions off that.
However, night can be more challenging. To get your sense of direction, you’ll need to locate the North Star.
First, find the “Big Dipper.” You look for the dipper with the dipper end pointing down and to the right. To find Polaris, the North Star, you look what would be due Northeast from there.
Polaris sits on the farthest handle end of the Little Dipper, which leans down and to the right. The Little Dipper has the dipper end on the left, or West in the night sky.
Navigating by the North Star is only general. But if you don’t have any other means of navigation and you need to move at night, it’s the best you can do.
2. Know Your Plants
You don’t need a botany degree to be valuable. But you should at least have a guide with you if you’re feeling you need to prepare for a disaster that’s anything more than the basic expected one.
You need to know what you can eat, and what can cause you to get quite sick should you eat it. Your food rations will help you survive, but they’ll also need supplementation with whatever plant food you can get your hands on.
3. Understand How to Clean Game
Native Americans knew how to use every part of an animal for food or other aspects of living. The more you know and understand, the better off you’ll be.
Again, having a guide at your disposal might be useful. A printed one would be a good idea. However, you could get away with a smartphone and solar-based charger too.
If you expect a disaster to last longer than a few days, you’ll need these advanced skills to make your survival as smooth as possible.