Bugging Out and Bushcraft Skills: 7 Reasons Why You Need Them

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By Conrad Novak, SurvivorsFortress.com |

As a prepper, so much of our focus goes into the planning stages. This makes sense considering that the best way to deal with the unexpected is to develop a series of contingencies explicitly designed to deal with them. However, no plan will follow accordingly. As such, it requires an agility of mind and breadth of skills to truly be prepared.

Since humans were able to survive in the wilds for thousands of years before finally settling down into an agrarian lifestyle, it logically follows that we are able to do the same–if we know the skills they used to survive. This is where bushcrafting comes into play.

This is a skillset that hinges on using the natural resources around you to ensure that you survive. While you may feel confident that your bug out plan accounts for all possibilities, bushcrafting skills provide a response should your plan run into a snag.

  1. Slimmer Bug Out Bag

One of the more enduring pastimes of preppers is to compare their bug out bags. While this exercise in friendly competition can provide a source for some well-earned bragging rights, it also functions as an effective way for preppers to exchange tricks of the trade and inspire each other with different load outs.

Comparing the contents of your bug out bag can show you new uses for items you packed that you did not already know. Moreover, this practice can allow unique items that may be relatively unknown to become more renowned. However, this can also lead to the dreaded weight creep where you find yourself wanting to add more and more gear to your bug out bag both to be more prepared and to keep up with the Joneses.

Unfortunately, too heavy of a bug out bag is one of the most common cardinal sins of bugging out. Considering a proper bug out will see you traversing well over a day’s worth of walking miles through rough or treacherous terrain, a heavy bug out bag merely adds to the risk of you suffering from some type of injury during your journey–a proposition that stands as arguably more dangerous than whatever disaster you were bugging out from in the first place.

With that in mind, bushcraft skills offer you an elegant alternative that is not only effective but worth bragging rights on its own. While your friend may show you a new water filtering straw, you can feel comfortable with your bushcraft skills that not only you can decontaminate water with materials you find in the environment, but you can find the water in the first place.

The fact that bushcraft skills can apply to arguably every aspect of bugging out only increases the amount of gear that becomes superfluous. While this does not mean you should simply dump everything for which you have bushcraft skills, it definitely provides some leeway in choosing how many redundancies you feel you need.

  1. Worst Case Scenario

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