Every adventure comes with its own set of risks and challenges. However, to ensure your safety comes first, it’s important to go into any outdoor excursion being well-prepared and experienced for what’s to come. Unfortunately, outdoor adventures can be unpredictable, and accidents can happen even to the most experienced of explorers. So, we’ve compiled a list of top tips and survival skills for surviving in the wild, ensuring that you are best protected and prepped for an emergency.
Before you set off on your adventure, it’s crucial that you notify a family member or a friend where you are going and when they can expect you back. This is a lifesaver in emergencies, and if anything were to go wrong, you could be assured that someone back home will be looking out for you.
Even if you have the right set of survival skills, the most important thing that you need to do is find drinkable water. No water in sight? Be sure to look out for a trail of ants. If they are travelling up a tree, it means that there is likely to be a cache of water in the groove of the tree. If you are on a mountain, stay parallel to the mountainside when crossing it. Generally, mountains will have streams going down them, so you will be more likely to come across one.
If you find yourself in a situation where you are forced to spend the night outdoors, it’s crucial that you find shelter. Since your body heat will be your primary source of warmth, think small. Build a shelter just big enough to accommodate your body when lying down. Find a place that is secluded and will best protect you from the elements.
Although it seems to work eventually in the movies – rubbing two sticks together is not very likely to provide you with fire. Rather save your energy and keep warm by finding limbs and leaves to provide insulation. Pine needles are renowned for offering great insulation and can be used as bedding to blanket the ground. However, being able to make fire is often a crucial lifeline when it comes to survival. Be sure to travel with matches or a flint in case of emergencies.
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