From time to time, I hear from people who are very much into wilderness survival. They are experts in everything from hunting to tracking, expedient shelters to wild edibles. Frequently though, upon further conversation, I learn they haven’t done much at all in the way of stockpiling supplies such as food and water.
I also hear from the opposite end of the spectrum. People who have stored enough food to last a year or more but don’t really know the first thing about living “in the rough.” They have set aside enough toilet paper to last their family for months on end but couldn’t point to three plants in their backyard that are edible.
There are many components to survival. Food storage is one of them. Primitive living skills is another. But there are many others as well. First aid, cooking using a variety of means, herbal remedies, defense, as well as various interpersonal skill sets. All have importance and none should be overlooked.
The point is this — it is great to specialize in one or another areas of expertise when it comes to disaster readiness. But don’t make the mistake of concentrating on those couple of topics to the exclusion of all the other components.
Remember, an expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.
Have a great weekend, folks. Get outside and do something worthwhile.