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Survival camping is about surviving in the backcountry. Those campers navigate the frontier as though they are in an actual survival scenario. They practice skills like building a shelter, starting a fire using various heat sources, filtering water, finding and preparing food, and first aid. Bushcraft camping involves practicing those skills on your terms and not in a survival situation. You can practice this camping style almost anywhere.
You can practice many bushcraft camping skills anywhere, even in your backyard. However, if you want a genuine bushcraft camping experience and not simply a place to practice a skill or two, you’ll want to find a more remote location. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands and National Forest lands are some of the best places to practice bushcraft skills.
The simple answer is yes but do so responsibly. Don’t chop down trees. That will cause trouble. Use downed trees and debris from an area that is rich in resources. Building a shelter to practice bushcraft camping in a region lacking natural resources doesn’t do anyone good.
Knives aren’t challenging to find. Walk into your local kitchenware or hardware store, and you’ll have many options. But for bushcraft camping, you don’t want a standard knife. You’ll want a bushcraft-specific knife. Your knife should make building a shelter and fire a less tricky task. It should have finesse and the strength to make outdoor cooking more manageable, too.
The best way to do this is to overpack. Bring the backups for your first foray into bushcraft camping. Don’t stray too far from your vehicle. Have a warm sleeping bag and pad. Carry a cookstove, lighter, and good food. However, only use them if you must
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