4 Survival Skills Every City Dweller Need to Learn

Sara Mclaughin By Sara Mclaughin, 26th May 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3a36u97q/
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Survival skills are essential whether you live in the wilderness or the city.

Life is unpredictable.

Even when we are not exposed to danger today, anything could happen tomorrow. Natural calamities and man-made disasters, for instance, can still greatly alter the way your world works.

It pays to be street smart and to learn about basic urban survival skills regardless if you think a zombie apocalypse is about to break out. From distilling water with charcoal to learning how to pick a lock, here are the ultimate urban skills you can learn to ensure survival in the worst possible scenarios.

Learn how to clean water.

Water is a more essential lifesaver than food. When you’re stuck in a place with no safe water to drink, it is best to know how to distill water. There are many different ways to do so.

The simplest one is to boil water for 5 minutes to ensure that all bacteria are destroyed. Another way is to keep chlorine drops or iodine tablets and to drop them in a gallon of water. This may result in an unpleasant taste, but taste would be the last thing you think about when there’s no potable water.

You can also get clean water through solar distillation using a plastic water bottle, a soda can and scissors.

Cook your meals in every way you can.

It may be difficult to cook meals when there is no electricity, but it’s possible! For one, you can always find burnable material and make yourself a makeshift grill. You can even build a solar oven with just a stick, scissors, glue, tin foil, cardboard, and plastic.

If you have electricity but lack gas at home, a dishwasher or a coffeemaker can work as an alternate stove so you don’t have to starve for dinner.

Learn how to use a firearm.

An unrest or emergency disaster can ignite a lot of dangers. Learn how to protect yourself and your family by knowing how to use a firearm. However, simply keeping a gloc or a pistol in your bedroom drawer will be of no use if you don’t know how to use it properly.

In fact, it may even be dangerous for the untrained to handle firearms as it can lead to accidental discharges and death. So make sure to be a responsible gun owner by taking shooting classes or constantly improving your skill at gun ranges.

Know how to pick locks.

Knowing how to pick locks can come in handy during emergency situations, like when your 2-year old accidentally gets locked inside the bathroom or when the only thing standing between you and vital resources like food or medicine is a locked storage unit.

Learning to pick locks takes time (which is why thieves resort to simpler or more aggressive means of entry instead of taking their time to learn the skill) but all you need is a basic lock pick and some practice to save yourself from trouble when it arrives.

With these skill sets, you will be able to adapt to any situation and deal with calamities and disasters like a boss.

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Camp Food, Firearms, Lockpick, Survival, Water Supply

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