Considering how unhelpful we all know grade school was for surviving “real life,” you’re raising an eyebrow right now.
Still, give this list the benefit of the doubt: grade school taught you a few things about survival that you might not even realize you learned. At least, let’s hope you learned them…
If you need to brush up on survival skills, check out the links for some useful “study materials.”
1. You will never use half the stuff everybody said you absolutely need to buy.
You didn’t need 48 sharpened pencils. You also didn’t need those little round stickers for your loose leaf paper. If you did, you’re beyond the point of even being a teacher’s pet, and you might need help.
Same goes for survival gear: figure out what you actually need, and realize that the most important thing to bring to school or to your bug-out camp is your brain and the skills inside.
Remember: preparedness is a state of mind.
2. There’s always someone it’s best not to have to fight.
Unless you were the ultra-bully, you probably remember a kid who it was better not to provoke. This is even more true in a bug-out situation, whether the “someone” is another human or a “something” (did I hear someone say “apex predators”?).
Still, “stand up for yourself” goes hand in hand with this one: if that someone is truly out to get you, make sure you can defend yourself!
3. Try to sit in the place where you want to sit for the rest of the year.
Just like in school, you can never guarantee that someone else won’t steal your spot. But it’s still worthwhile to look for a relatively safe place to set up camp, ideally near a water source, especially if you’re going to put in the effort to build a survival shelter.
4. Consider the consequences.
This should be a no-brainer, but in a survival situation, it’s even more important. Consider the consequences of your actions carefully, and you’ll fare best against potential unknowns.
5. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.
This is, of course, one of the most important lessons in life. If you’re fortunate, you learned it early on. If not, learn it now: you will need to have this down in advance if you’re going to survive.