When we are out in the wild, sometimes things can become hectic very fast. Although most of us hopefully will not be in a situation where survival is the only thing to worry about, here are 10 helpful survival tips for anyone that goes adventuring in the great outdoors!
1). Find Shelter – The first thing you will want to think about is shelter. When your tent or whatever you are camping in is lost, you can do two immediate things.
- Find shelter in a nearby cave or dwelling. If you have a tent, use it.
- Build your own shelter – We have a post about building your own shelter that is sure to help here -> https://outdoorcampingadvice.com/makeshift-shelters-and-how-to-build-them/
2). Find Water – Water is more important than food in the immediate sense. You can survive much longer without food than water, so make sure this is at the top of your list.
3). Find Food – Finding food is vital to your survival, and knowing what you can and cannot is essential. If you don’t find food, you will starve unless you are rescued in time. However, that may not be an immediate option, so read up on how to find food in the wilderness. You may not even have to kill anything to stay alive!
4). Sanitation – Sanitation itself can be cause for concern when it comes to survival, by not keeping yourself clean when out in the wilderness, parasites, and bacteria can get in your body quickly, so clean yourself whenever possible.
5). Bring, Find, Or Create A Weapon – Bringing a weapon with you is always a smart idea because you never know if you will need it to defend yourself from smaller animals. Larger animals are a much bigger concern, so don’t use the same tactics for smaller animals and go running at a bear with a stick!
6). Treat Any Wounds Immediately – Treating your wounds, even if you don’t have a first-aid kit is crucial. You can get an infection from just about anything in the outdoors, all that’s required is an open wound, so keep them clean and covered to the best of your abilities.
7). Bring Survival Tools – Bringing survival tools is a great survival tip. Having regular access to tools for building your shelter, cutting wood, and gutting small prey can give you an advantage to your survival.
8). Bring First Aid – If you have a first-aid kit, always bring it with you when adventuring outdoors. If you don’t, get one. A good first-aid kit will come with more than just band-aids and wipes. There are a lot of useful things in a good first-aid kit that can contribute to your survival in comparison to an ordinary first-aid kit that can usually only close small wounds.
9). Navigation – Learning how to navigate yourself around anywhere is always a good idea. Make sure and bring a GPS or handheld compass if possible. Otherwise, you need to know your basics. For example – Always know your basic directions, north, south, east and west.
10). Build A Fire – Building a fire can help you stay warm, cook food, and even signal help! Here is a post we made on how to create a fire. https://outdoorcampingadvice.com/how-to-start-a-fire-anywhere/
11). Signal For H.E.L.P – Signaling for H.E.L.P is something crucial that you should know. If it ever comes down to it, you need to know how to signal for H.E.L.P in many ways other than just writing in the sand. It may always work in the movies, but in real life, it is not always the best option. So make sure you know how to signal for H.E.L.P.
Here are a couple of examples:
- Write H.E.L.P. in large letters in the sand or dirt
- Bring and use reflective mirrors
Knowing how to survive in the wilderness is crucial. Learn about survival every chance you get because you never know if you might need these very important skills! Thank you for allowing us to H.E.L.P with these 11 survival tips! Check out nwtf.org for more survival tips!