10 comments on “Prepping vs Bushcraft: Which is Better for SHTF?

  1. I think you have to have a combination of both, you will need the supplies to get you started, but you will need the bushcraft skills to keep you going. Having lived in a remote community where on average in the fall and winter there are only two or three other families that are somewhat close by, we always relied on prepping what we could for any emergency but certain emergencies I had to rely on by bushcraft skills.

    Case in point, when my husband fell and shattered his leg and help was over an hour away, it was my knowledge of local plants that helped with the pain, but it was my prepping that helped with stabilizing his leg so no further damage was done. When my son got 3rd degree frostbite in the middle of winter, again it was my prepping that helped with the initial first aid in treating his frostbite and then it was my knowledge of herbs that helped to keep his immune system up and to help heal the frostbite so there was no lasting damage.

    So I think no matter what the disaster is you need both to survive and ensure your safety and health.
    Great post, definitely makes you think 🙂

  2. I think there’s one thing that’s being missed here. If you are a prepper, there are people in your neighborhood, generally, who know this. If you are a bushcrafter, people might or might not know it, but they can’t mount a siege against your home to take your stuff.

    A bushcrafter can be effectively invisible in a SHTF situation, or even a martial law situation. This is a huge advantage.

  3. Both skill sets are valuable but in the crowded island I live in (UK), bushcraft is not the preferred option by me.

    Too many people think to run for the hills is the answer to everything thus bushcraft is the better choice.
    All I do is ask them two things
    “In terms of CBRN, what is the protection factor of a debris hut?” and

    “Just how effective would your sand and moss filter be when coping with CBRN contaminated water?”

    Funny enough conversation about the joys of bushcraft living dies round about then.
    Much like life would for real.

  4. I think just by the very nature of where and how most of us live, at least in the U.S., that most of us would be considered “preppers”. Bushcraft skills, in my opinion, should go hand in hand with prepping, but since most of us live in urban areas we are by definition “preppers” rather than practitioners of bushcraft. I believe prepping is an act, a decision, a lifestyle, while bushcraft is a skill, an art, and a survival necessity. When your preps run out or you need to bug out, you will not survive long term without real skills. All of us should strive to learn how to live off the land and not rely on our preps. Our preps should be nothing more than a back-up plan.

  5. Seems to me a mix of the two is the best way to go. Prepping seems to have a lot of short term benefits while being able to live off the land has a long term benefit. Plus it is always good to have a fall back plan if your stuff gets looted.

  6. The more knowledge you have,the less weight you will need to cary. Good equipment and stocked items are ideal but there is always a possibility you will loos it.

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