Myke Hawke, U.S. Army Special Forces captain and author of Hawkes Green Beret Survival Manual (Running Press), says practice makes perfect when it comes to survival, so he recommends camping in the backyard every few weeks to hone ones outdoors skills.
He says families should stay the night in the yard and challenge themselves to build a fire and shelter out of surrounding materials.
Hawke himself practices rubbing sticks together to make a fire once a week in his living room so he never loses his touch.
Still, all the practice in the world cant always prepare someone to improvise as needed in a real survival situation.
Hawke says pants can be used as fishnets, sticks and rocks can be turned into knives, and shoes can be used as canteens.
He also assures that urine is safe to drink and adds, Dont let that stuff go to waste.
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