Bushcraft (Wilderness Skills) That are Important to Preppers

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Not all wilderness survival skills are critical for preppers, but they could be. If you wanted to completely disappear, you could probably do it if you were very skilled at bushcraft. As preppers, most of us have no plans on getting this deep into bushcraft. Some of you may even be hesitant about anything having to do with the outdoors.

Learning some bushcraft skills doesn’t mean you need to spend a month in the wild. Most of the skills that are important for preppers can be done right in your own back yard.

So, what are some of these Bushcraft skills that are important to preppers? In this video I have a list of 8 areas or wilderness survival skills that are important for preppers. Along with these bushcraft skills, I talked about why they are important, and how they might help us.



Fire Starting

Learning about fire starting is a big area of bushcraft that preppers have stolen. Not only stolen, but taken it to another level. If there’s a new or unique way to get a fire started, you can bet there is a prepper video about it.

While having a bic lighter would be the preferred method, there might be situations where that isn’t available. Also, getting a spark or a flame is just the first part of the battle. You then need to turn that spark into an actual fire. Knowing which materials to use, and how to refine the, is something we can learn from bushcraft.


In our bug out bags we might have knives, hatchets, ferro rods, tarps and paracord. Bushcraft can teach you how to better use all those supplies. To me a good fixed blade knife is crucial to have. A knife can be used for everything from self-defense, chopping wood to building a field expedient water filter.

Learning bushcraft skills not only teaches us what supplies might be important, it gives us an opportunity to practice and use these supplies.

Water Collection and Purification

Drinking dirty water can lead to a number of issues, these could range from mild diarrhea to severe sickness. Most people these days have no clue about how to clean water or why, and this could become a huge issue in a disaster scenario.

Bushcraft also teaches you how about finding and collecting water. You’ll learn what signs to look for, plant life that might contain water and even how to collect and purify it if you find yourself without supplies.

Food Gathering

Imagine a situation where you were completely out of food, what would you do? You could scaveng for food hoping to find a vending machine that wasn’t already ransacked. You could steal food, which is not a good idea for a number of reasons. Or you could find food that other people might not be thinking about.

Bushcraft teaches skills like foraging, trapping, hunting, and tracking. This is an area of bushcraft that can get pretty deep, and the more you know the better. Some plants and trees have medicinal and/or edible properties, but you need to know what is edible, and what is not.

Anyone can watch a 5 minute video and learn how to build a simple snare trap, but it takes a little more knowledge like where to put them and identifying game trails if you want to catch anything.

Building Shelter

There is a lot more that goes into a survival shelter than putting up a tarp or hopping into a sleeping bag, and what if you didn’t have those supplies? Bushcraft teaches you about building shelter using only what mother nature provides. It also teaches you where, why and how to build a shelter.

Another great aspect of this (and all bushcraft skills) is it allows us to better utilize the supplies we might already have. We can use the supplies we already have in conjunction with the supplies we find outdoors. Say you have a tarp and some paracord, that would make a basic shelter, but you need to know which knots to use, and how to make it sturdy and comfortable with leaves, sticks and branches.


Navigation is important to preppers, because we never know where we might be when disaster strikes. These days we have our cell phones and gps devices that tell us where to go, in a bug in or bug out situation we cant rely on that.

Learning some of the navigation basics offered in the bushcraft world would help us learn about landmarks, find our direction, identify important resources, and not only surviving in the outdoors, but thriving.


Another great aspect of bushcraft is getting off our butts and maybe even getting into better shape. If we ever find ourselves in a bug in or bug out situation we are going to want to actually make it to where we want to go. Carrying a 25lb bug out bag on your back for more than a couple of miles is harder than people think.

It’s great to have all these supplies, but if we don’t know how to use them we could be up S creek without a paddle. If you find yourself up the creek, and you have a knife (and know how to use it) you could make yourself a paddle.

My point is, camping, hiking and backpacking allows you to practice and apply the skills you have learned. A survival situation or bug out situation is no time to learn, that is the time for action. You need to Know you can get a fire started, and not hope you can.

Survival Mindset

The mental aspect of bushcraft and wilderness survival is possibly the most important aspect of bushcraft and survival in general. It’s more important than any other tool you have. You need to have 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.

Closing Thoughts

In closing, preparedness is about working with very little, and knowing how to survival without all these modern conveniences. This is why wilderness survival skills go hand in hand with prepping. It doesn’t mean we need to go without these conveniences on a daily basis and become hunter gatherers, it just means we need to be ready when we need to.



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