Bushcraft Prepping Wilderness Survival skills for PreppersWhen it comes to preparedness there is quite a bit more that goes into it than building a lean to shelter and starting a fire. Everything we do as preppers is geared for not having to revert to these primitive methods.

With that being said, if we take these bushcraft (wilderness survival) skills for granted, we are leaving a big hole in our preparedness plans. Not all people that are interested in bushcraft are interested in prepping, but all preppers should be interested in Bushcraft…to some extent.

Most of the gear is the same: As you are researching bug out bags or what the best ferro rod is, you are bound to come across some articles about bushcraft, camping or hiking. As a matter of fact, there is a lot we can learn about quality and effectiveness for these people who use this survival gear on a daily basis.

A lot of the skills are the same: The basics of survival are the same no matter if you are in the wilderness, or in an urban environment.  The materials and applications might be different, and the wild animals might be human, but the rule of 3’s applies no matter where you are on the planet.

The mental aspect of bushcraft and wilderness survival: Possibly more important than any tool you can have, is the sheer will to survive, and the skill set to do it. The very core of bushcraft is to have the ability to survive with the materials around you, and the skills in your head, although it goes much deeper than that.

This doesn’t mean we need to become master outdoorsmen and women. To do this requires a massive commitment, and can’t be done by watching a few YouTube videos. There are quite a few bushcraft skills that will be very useful to preppers though, and skills that could be the difference between life and death in an shtf situation.

SPP164 Bushcraft Prepping: Wilderness Survival skills for Preppers


In the show this week we talked about some of these bushcraft skills that preppers should try and learn, and how they can be useful skills no matter where you live.

Here are a few examples that I separated into bushcraft skills, and prepper skills. This illustrates how people interested in wilderness survival might not be interested in some preparedness skills, but preppers should be interested in all of these skills.

Bushcraft Skills: FOOD

  • Making Fire
  • Wood processing
  • Primitive tool making
  • Plant identification
  • Foraging
  • Hunting
  • Trapping & Fishing
  • Tracking

Prepper Skills: FOOD

  • Food Storage
  • Stockpiling
  • Coupons
  • Canning & preserving
  • Organization
  • Learning Recipes
  • Budgeting
  • Shelf Lives

Bushcraft Skills: WATER

  • Locating water
  • Collecting water
  • Purifying water

Prepper Skills: WATER

  • Water Storage
  • Purify Water
  • Water Usage & Sanitation

Bushcraft Skills: SHELTER

  • Types of Shelter
  • Different Resources
  • Tying Knots
  • Locations

Prepper Skills: SHELTER

  • Keeping Warm/Cool
  • Storing Blankets/Clothes
  • Home Security
  • DIY Projects

Bushcraft Skills: SECURITY

  • Stealth
  • Knowledge of Area
  • Primitive Alarms

Prepper Skills: SECURITY

  • Operational Security
  • Be the Gray Man
  • Self Defence

Skills Shared by Bushcraft & Preparedness

Health & Fitness

  • First Aid
  • Endurance
  • Strength
  • Overall Health
  • Diet

Mental Preparedness

  • Survival Mindset
  • Creativity
  • Adaptability
  • Situational Awareness
  • Planning & Strategy

As I said earlier, we don’t need to become experts at bushcraft, but we should take advantage of some of the skills these experts have. The great thing about these skills is that they aren’t really that difficult to learn, you just have to do it! So take some time, and focus on one skill at a time. The more you practice, the better you will become!

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As I was doing research for this show I ran across this article from MoreThanJustSurviving that has even more information about bushcraft skills and why they are useful for preppers.


Survival and being prepared should not only be a passion, it should be a lifestyle. The definition of a prepper is "An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances, without substantial resources from outside sources" Like the Government, police etc. I don't believe that the end of the world will be the "end of the world" I believe it will be the end of the world as we know it now. You can also find me on Google Plus and Twitter

    1 Response to "Bushcraft Prepping: Wilderness Survival skills for Preppers"

    • Kerry Jackson

      Good article Dale, while some of us try to prepare as well as we can for most SHTF events and learn the “bushcraft” at the same time, I have not found there to be any good books on preparedness except ” Nuclear War Survival Skills” by Kearny (if you consider this prepping). We have to learn preparedness from blogs and websites, most of which are fantastic and full of information, but “bushcraft” seems to have its own library with authors like Sears (Nessmuk), Kochanski, Kephart and Canterbury. There is nothing like a good book and a cup of coffee while warming yourself by the camp fire. MORE PREPPER BOOKS PLEASE.

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