Survivalism is a movement which is gaining more and more followers in France. It is about preparing to face various crisis situations and to live independently. The various survival shows, such as Koh-Lanta or Alone Faced with Nature, have helped to popularize this philosophy of life. In this article, we invite you to discover the key steps to becoming a survivalist in France.
Understanding survivalism and its objectives
Survivalism is about developing skills and knowledge to be able to survive in difficult or even extreme conditions. This can concern various situations, such as water cuts, electricity cuts, fires, natural disasters or even economic and social crises. The goal is to be able to rely on oneself and to be independent, without depending on the state or others.
The principles of survivalism
- Autonomy: reducing dependence on public services and private companies.
- Preparedness: Anticipate potential risks and prepare accordingly.
- Training: learn the skills needed to survive (first aid, survival techniques, etc.).
- Adaptability: being able to adapt to different, sometimes unexpected, situations.
- Solidarity: develop a mutual aid and support network with other survivalists or people sharing the same values.
Develop the necessary skills
To become a good survivalist, it is important to master certain key skills. Here are some of the main skills to acquire:
- First aid: know how to react in the event of an accident and provide first aid.
- Survival techniques: learn the basics to survive in the natural environment (make a fire, build a shelter, find drinking water, etc.).
- Resource management: being able to store and manage your resources (food, water, energy) efficiently.
- DIY: master DIY and repair techniques to maintain your equipment and your home.
- Agriculture: know the basic principles of growing your own fruits and vegetables and possibly raising animals.
- Personal defense: learn basic techniques to protect yourself and your family in case of danger.
Build a suitable survival kit
An essential element of survivalism is having a survival kit adapted to your needs and potential situations. This kit must contain the elements necessary to meet basic needs: food, hydration, protection from the cold and bad weather, etc. Here is a non-exhaustive list of equipment to include in your kit:
- Backpack: choose a bag that is durable, comfortable and adapted to your body shape.
- Clothing: opt for clothing appropriate to the weather and activities (waterproof clothing, walking shoes, gloves, hat, etc.).
- Food: bring non-perishable food that is easy to transport (canned goods, energy bars, etc.).
- Water: always have drinking water with you and know the techniques to filter and purify water if necessary.
- First aid kit : include the essential elements to provide first aid (bandages, disinfectant, scissors, etc.).
- Tools: have a multi-function knife, compass, flashlight, fire starter, etc.
- Means of communication: bring a cell phone, a radio and means of recharging the batteries (solar charger, spare batteries, etc.).
Train and prepare regularly
Becoming a survivalist cannot be improvised: it is important to train regularly and put your skills into practice. Participating in survival courses, reading books on the subject or even interacting with other survivalists are all ways to progress. Do not hesitate to train regularly, for example by going on hikes or bivouacs in the great outdoors.
By following these key steps, you will be well prepared to face various crisis situations and live independently. Survivalism is a demanding lifestyle, but it can be rewarding and a source of self-confidence. So, are you ready to take on the challenge?