A crisis is no time to experiment with survival skills. It’s a time for action—a time to execute techniques you’ve already mastered. Do you feel prepared? Confident? Knowledgeable? If the prospect of staking lives on your current survival abilities makes you queasy, don’t worry. Hit the books instead.
OL has gathered 46 tips, skills, hacks, and projects from three of our savviest experts to help you begin, or to supplement, your training.
The backyard is an ideal place to experiment with these techniques, many of which would be useful around the house in the event of a natural disaster, or worse. And if ever you’re stranded in the backcountry with your wits and precious else, these skills should see you safely home. Just don’t wait until you’re dying of thirst in the desert or bleeding out on a mountain to try them.