Survival Skills Your Child Should Know & Be Able To Do


It is just as important to teach survival skills to your children as it is to learn them for yourself. We recommend practicing and learning these skills together as a family. Here are some practical and basic survival skills that we think you should teach your kids:

Basic Survival

  1. Trust your instincts
  2. Develop situational awareness
  3. Think ahead and always have a plan.
  4. Be able to run and walk a good distance; be in generally good shape
  5. Dress appropriately for weather conditions


Food and Water

  1. Find water and identify if it’s safe to drink
  2. Learn to filter and boil water to drink
  3. Open canned food with and without can opener (rub can lid ridge on cement and then pry open with knife)
  4. Know multiple ways to prepare food
  5. Identify if food is too spoiled to eat


Health and First Aid

  1. When to call 911, know what to say
  2. First aid – start with basic first aid, work up to CPR, wilderness first aid and even EMT for older youth
  3. Learn how to assist an injured or otherwise handicapped person
  4. Survival sanitation
  5. Basic hygiene practices – and how it differs from survival sanitation


Survival Skills

  1. Find or build a shelter using whatever is available to you
  2. Swimming and floating
  3. Safely use a knife
  4. Keep a blade tool clean and sharp
  5. Sew enough to mend clothing and make simple items such as bags or scrap quilts.

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