Zombie Slaying 101//Basic Survival Skills

Hey guys!

The next installment of the Zombie Slaying 101 series is all about basic survival skills. Different from The Essentials in that, if you don't have what's on this list, you can at least survive with these skills until you acquire them. I myself don't know that much survival skills, but I do know what you need to know in order to survive a zombie apocalypse.

So let me show you how to...

BUILD A FIRE
Graywolf Survival has a lot of good information and experience in making fires. While the Art of Manliness looks like an easier read, the website makes me snort. Really guys?

PITCH A TENT
The Backpacker has several articles about pitching a tent, but I like this one that has pictures. You need a place to sleep if you're out in the open. But don't forget the tin cans on barb wire to alert you to when zombies are approaching. Thanks The Walking Dead! 

CHANGE A TIRE
If you're a woman, then you'd understand how hard it is for someone to teach how to do this particular skill. One of my friend's father actually told her to call him or a male relative if she needs to change a tire when she asked to learn. Then he went on to say to call a mechanic if she couldn't reach them. That's well and good, but during a zombie apocalypse the mechanic is a zombie, your uncle is a zombie, and most likely your dad is now a zombie. Learn how to change a tire. Also, learn how to get it unstuck from anything.

PURIFY WATER
Apparently you just need to boil it over a fire to purify water most of the time. Or you can read this post from Survivopedia for more ways to purify salt water. The comments also have helpful tips.

USE A GUN
Okay, maybe you should go to your closest shooting range to learn how to do this. Or a relative who knows how to do this. Remember, don't point the nozzle at yourself even if you think it's not loaded. Treat the gun like it is, because you never know.

FIRST AID
Take a CPR class or a basic class at your local community center. This one I definitely recommend to do. You can save the trip to the doctors for minor scrapes and be able to bandage up any scratches from branches when running from zombies.

OTHER RANDOM SKILLS OR NEEDS TO THINK ABOUT ACQUIRING

BECOMING MORE FIT
If you can't outrun a teenager, you definitely need to get into shape. I definitely recommend getting in shape not only to outrun zombies, but it'll be good for your health. Think of all the long term goals.

FREE RUNNING OR PARKOUR
Not something most people can pull off, but I think it'll be a good idea how to get from point A to B without injuring yourself or others. Besides, you'll more than likely be able to get out of sticky situations if you know how to scale a building with just your body.

HOW TO USE A BOW AND ARROW
Think about Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead. He doesn't need a gun. You won't either if you learn how to properly use a bow and arrow. Remember what I said about them in the other Zombie Slaying 101 post?

That's all I can think of that would be helpful in a zombie apocalypse. If you want a general skill set (think more along the lines of natural disaster), Graywolf Survival has great post about "The top 10 prepper skills and abilities FNG needs to survive". What do  you think is important to know in surviving a zombie invasion?

That's it for today! Thanks for reading! 

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