What is bushcrafting? What is it and what equipment do I need to get started?

Bushcrafting refers to the skills and knowledge that make it possible”live in the wild“with a minimum of possessions. The basic skills are building a shelter / setting up a tent, light a firefind water (not from a bottle) or collect other gifts from nature. Bushcrafting Trip it can take several days or even a day. It all depends on our willingness.

Currently, one of the main goals of bushcrafting is to get closer to the nature around us and internal mute

These hobbies can be practiced by literally anyone, alone or in a group. This could certainly bring individual family members together as they try to survive together in the forest.

Bushcrafting experiences its own thriving in Poland since the pandemicwhen restaurants, cinemas and pubs were closed and time “stood still”.

As we understand it today, bushcrafting has been used since 1800 Australia and South Africa† Most likely the term was borrowed from the Dutch language it referred to the lifestyle of the natives in colonies belonging to the Netherlands (including Guyana, present-day Indonesia, Ceylon).

Nowadays the term bushcraft has been popularized by, among others, by Les HiddinsMosa Kochanskicif Ray Mearswho hosted television survival programs and published books on bushcrafting.

Bushcrafting is now seen more as a lifestyle that focuses on ecology and living in harmony with naturethan on “extreme survival performance”. To practice this hobby, you don’t have to fly to the Amazon jungle or live in the Himalayan valleys, far away from people and technology, with only a pocket knife and string.

Bushcrafting can be placed between the usual camping and survival† For example, it can be (depending on the wish and need) to camp with survival elements or to survive with camping elements.

During bushcrafting, a man usually rejects the perks of our time, such as a field stove, lighters, an RV or a telephone. It focuses on building a shelter (you can set up a tent), getting water and food (you can also bring it from home). You can supplement your knowledge with regard to making strings, tying knots, wood carving, navigation using, for example, the slope of anthills or the location of moss and lichen on trees or stones. You can also expand your knowledge about the use of herbs.

An important element is the use of knives and axes, which will accompany us throughout the journey, without them surviving in the forest will be quite difficult. Another element of living in harmony with nature is cooking food on the fire, washing in the river or sleeping in the open air.

After just a few hours, someone realizes that few things are needed to survive and how little we need to enjoy the moment. Bushcrafting can help us be more resistant to stressful situations – after all, we spent a month in the woods, washing in an icy river, eating only berries and mushrooms, and sleeping on pinecones, so I can’t handle it?

It is best to start by supplementing the theoretical knowledge about lighting fires (if you don’t want to bring matches or lighter), poisonous mushrooms, fruits or plants and setting up a tent (contrary to what it seems, that simple is it not).

On your own first bushcrafting trip you must bring a backpack, provisions, water, a knife tin, a knife, a pan in which to boil water, a cup, matches / lighter / tinder, a raincoat and of course a tent and a sleeping bag – although an ordinary tarpaulin that is between the trees hanging may be sufficient. The most important thing to bring with you is of course this fearsincl. painkillers, drugs related to digestion and related processes, hydrogen peroxide, ointment for burns, as well as liquid against mosquitoes and ticks, wipes and plasters.

Another essential is also… toilet paper, or you can use leaves. Here you need to be very careful to know which leaves should not be used for such purposes. Leaves can certainly not be used, eg Sosnowski’s borscht† Contrary to appearances, large leaves can be useful, but we risk a painful burn.

You can also try a version that is closer to nature. Here you are only allowed to bring a tarpaulin, rope, knife, pot, knife tin, tinder and a hammock. We only take basic supplies that are enough for one meal and a small bottle of water. You will have to find food and larger amounts of water yourself (eg fish, pick berries and mushrooms, get water from a stream). It is needed boiling waterwhere hostile microbes die.

The first task to do while bushcrafting is: find a suitable place to set up camp† First check for anthills in the immediate vicinity, because we don’t want ants to bite us at night. Next, we also need to make sure that we don’t set up camp at the site of a dry stream (during a storm, dry ditches fill up very quickly with water). Obviously, Sosnowski’s borscht should be avoided. You can set up camp near the riverif we want to wash and draw water. When you find a suitable spot, start setting up camp.

The next step is collect fuel in the right amount – it can be sorted by thickness (smaller sticks are suitable for lighting a fire, larger ones for supporting the fire). Then all you have to do is light the fire – you have to keep an eye on it! Prepare yourself a hearty meal on the fire and enjoy life in the forest.

Remember it is necessary clean up the campsite yourselfdo not leave any rubbish or other waste.

On your own the first bushcrafting you can choose the nearest forest† You must also get permission to camp from the campground owner or the local forestry company. There are also special bushcraft and survival zones designated by state forests.

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