Living in the woods is a fantasy to many who have never tried it. To those of us who live in the country and know more about hunting, fishing, trapping and growing our own foods, we know that it takes certain skills to be prepared to survive without the luxuries of modern society. I am not saying those of us who have country roots have not been softened by the conveniences of today’s world, but our perspective is a little closer to reality. I love my hot bath and nice soft bed every night when I retire and I surely would miss it, but if push come to shove, I know these are things that I would be prepared to survive without.
If living in the woods became the solution to keeping my family safe and fed during a disaster, I am sure there would be many things even an old country girl like me would have to face unprepared. We can make lists, read books and stock pile supplies and food but if we do not know how to use these things or store them safely, what good is all that work. I do not know about you, but I am the type of person that has to do something before I can wrap my brain around it. I am an experienced camper and backpacker but I will have to be truthful and say that my experiences have been for no longer than four to five days length.
What exactly would we need for living in the woods? Not just a camping trip, but if we had to stay indefinitely. My first concern would be shelter. How well do you know the terrain about your location. How far would you have to, or be able to travel to find shelter or get out of harm’s way? These are questions that have never entered some people’s minds because it is assumed that home is the safest place to be. It is true, home would be the best place to hole up with food and water. along with survival supplies if possible. But if you had to leave do you have a plan? What would you do? Where would you go? And what would you take?
Living in the woods, especially for us country folks would be the best alternative, if leaving home was a choice we had to make. In order to be prepared to survive you have to have a plan. You have to think ahead! Make a list of all the what ifs and try to answer as many as you can. Those questions you have no answer for, are definitely projects that need attention.
Get acquainted with your surroundings. Is there a cave nearby, how close are other people and could you band together to form a community which would provide protection and aid. Drag that old tent out of the garage, barn or attic and make sure it is in good condition. Place it where it is easily accessible and start a survival cache. How many tools do you have available such as shovels, hatchets, and knives, these would be handy to have if you were stuck living in the woods. How would you start a fire? How would you cook and what would you cook? So many questions! Do you have any answers.
Maybe living in the woods would not be a solution for you, but to be prepared to survive a disaster, you have to think ahead. Your family’s safety and survival depends on what you do today. Commonsense and basic instincts are abilities we all have, let them kick in and guide you to do what is needed to ensure the survival of your family.