Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Simple Survival Skills - The Traditional vs. Non-traditional Solution

If you suddenly experienced the loss of all your “stuff”, which is a commonplace occurrence in many survival situations and crisis scenarios, have you trained yourself to think outside the box and come up with an alternative, non-traditional solution?

Having “survival stuff” can be very reassuring and a great comfort to you in a crisis situation but it may not always be there to save you. A failure to be able to think in “non-traditional terms” when it comes to survival can be an invaluable skill. Your ability to stay focused on your most immediate and critical needs for survival may depend upon being able to think of solutions that are both strategic and tactical in nature based on your current resources. A failure to utilize all the available resources that may exist, even those that aren’t immediately recognizable, may create a situation where your chances for survival can be endangered.

There’s a lot of truth in the old saying, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat!” (my apologies to the cat people out there). Too many times we develop a sort of tunnel vision and can lose sight of even the simplest of solutions. There are many items that can be used in non-traditional ways and have a multitude of uses. Being able to see alternative uses for simple things may become critical to your survival. There are a number of items that have multiple uses and quite often these additional uses can go unrecognized if we only we see things in the sense of their traditional use.

There are many examples of items that can be used in non-traditional ways to aid you in your survival efforts. A safety pin becomes a fish hook, a strap becomes a tourniquet, a tin can lid becomes an edged tool, a rock becomes a hammer, a bandana becomes a water filter or an empty can becomes a cook pot or drinking cup. This list could go on and on forever. The possibilities are only limited by your brain’s ability to improvise and seek innovative solutions that may involve a “non-traditional use” for your available resources.

Staying above the water line!



chinasyndrome said...

Good point RW.May not have all of our equipment.Then what? Survival attitude more important than Survival equipment.


Anonymous said...

Converting trash to treasure will become a way of life. Those 'hobo stoves' made from large cans is genius. Learning to make traps from every day items is handy knowledge as well - hunting works, but no one can be in several places simultaneously. Traps will increase your food, at least as long as it lasts. Shouldn't count on it to last that long - Mom told me during the Great Depression, natural foods were constantly sought, and you had to work pretty hard to do it.

Dustin Tarditi said...

The more you know the less you need... the gear gives us comfort in an uncertain world, but the gear should just be a vehicle through which we achieve a result - learning (or adapting and improvising) to attain the same result through different means is survival - anything less is just existing.

riverwalker said...

To: chinasyndrome

Excellent point! You need to have the right attitude and mindset in an actual survival scenario. The will to live and never giving up will be invaluable.

Thanks c/s.


riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 12:02

My mother likes to tell the story of how the chickens were evicted from the coop because they needed a roof over their head when her family was share-cropping. The chickens temporarily became "free-range" as a result. Hard times can require some desperate measures...

Thanks anon.


riverwalker said...

To: Dustin

Mors Kochanski's saying "Know more, carry less." is still true to this day.

Knowledge weighs nothing and is easily carried.

Thanks Dustin.


vlad said...


You will like the Dakota Fire Pit.
When you break camp just fill in the holes.

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