The popularity of television shows like ‘Ray Mears Extreme Survival’ and ‘Bear Grylls Born Survivor’ is an indication of how many people feel the urge to get away from their cold, urban, mundane lives and get back to basics. This is perhaps why camping is becoming increasingly popular.
But many people don’t like to be detached from the comforts of home. Campervans are increasingly popular as they allow people to move a mini, portable version of their home to a new location. Some recreational vehicles are even equipped with refrigerators, widescreen televisions and all the comforts of home. They like to visit camp sites that are set up for camper vans, often including mains electricity supplies and show blocks.
But for hard core campers organized campsites like this are to be avoided. For them the best form of camping involves only the most essential pieces of camping equipment, shelter, sleeping bags and warm outdoor clothing. They want to learn the real survival skills as taught by the likes of Bear Grylls and Ray Mears including how to build shelters, track animals, start fires and find food.
One of the best ways to gain these skills is to attend one of the many survival courses available today. Many instructors on these courses are true survival experts. Many will have learned their skills while serving in the armed forces. They will often have studied the survival skills used by indigenous people who have learned to survive in some of the world’s harshest environments. By studying the basic survival skills employed by these people they will have learned what it takes to survive in harsh environments. These are skills which most of us don’t have these days.
Children are always particularly interested to learn how our ancestors once lived. How they hunted, trapped and prepared their food, how they kept themselves warm and safe and how they built their shelters. Survival skills training courses and camping provide parents with a great way to bond with their children.