“The world can be a cruel place,” is a line recited by parents, guardians, and mentors from all parts of the globe throughout the centuries. While you may have thought they were talking about the rough patches people go through at various stages of life or the dangers of dark alleyways in crime-ridden cities, nowadays, man is actually at his most vulnerable when he is in the wild. Civilized life in suburbs and cities has softened humans to the point where one wouldn’t last a minute in the precarious woodlands in their backyard.
Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with a handful of key tricks that will keep you alive in the wild.
Rule number one when taking on the big, bad wilderness is to always be prepared. Having the right gear for the outdoors with you at all times will be a key player in your survival. This is especially true if you live or are traveling in an area with a harsh climate. Listed below are a few essentials you should keep in your vehicle or carry with you on your next outdoor adventure.
Water should always be the first priority on your list. Unless you are well-educated on how to make a natural water filtration system, you should always have a water filter on your person when in the wild. And of course, you’ll need something to store it in, so always have a durable water bottle as well.
A tarp is key in keeping you and your campsite dry. There are numerous ways you can tie a tarp that will protect your tent or campsite from rain, snow, and wind. Of course, this little trick will also help keep you warm. Tying up a hammock is the best way to sleep in the wild, and a tarp is necessary if that’s how you’re bunking up.
Never underestimate the cold. Water and shelter are useless if you’re just going to freeze to death. The best ways to stay warm are as follows:
- Fire: Always bring three tools to help you start a fire. Matches are useless if they get wet, so don’t bother with them.
- Mylar: Also known as a space blanket, these are blankets that look like aluminum foil that can keep you at a comfy 70 degrees.
- Wool: It’s one of the warmest fabrics there are. Wear wool or bring a wool blanket.
- Animal pelts: They kept indigenous people warm for ages. They dry quickly and insulate well.
Unless you’re a skilled hunter, you need a weapon that doesn’t require an expert. Speed and efficiency are crucial, as you may not have time to think. Pepper spray can be used if a bear ever creeps up on you and will turn him right back around in his tracks. A stun gun is extremely effective and will drop anyone to their knees in a second. A tactical pen requires a bit more skill, but not as much as using a crossbow or pistol does, and it usually has more options for use as well. Any of these options are effective and easy to use in a heartbeat.
Cleverness is the reason humans have survived in the wild for millennia. Always keep a couple of tricks up your sleeve when venturing out into the wild.
Heat is drawn out of your body in direct contact with the ground. That’s why the hammock is the best option for sleeping. If you don’t have one, then gather sticks and wood so you can sleep a few inches off the ground.
Drink from Water Vines
Thick vines running from the trees to the forest floor contain clean drinking water. Drink from these any time you find them.
Melt Ice for Water
Snow is 10% water and 90% air. Ice is 90% water and 10% air, so melt ice instead of snow for drinking water.
Build Your Shelter Away from Water
Water draws mosquitoes and bugs that could sting you. Be wise, and don’t build your shelter right next to the water.
Keep a Bandana with You
A bandana can help stop bleeding, dress wounds, or protect your face, so always have one on you.
Make Some Noise
Don’t ever run from animals unless you want to activate their killer instincts. Instead, keep some pots and pans, or any kind of noisemaker, near you when you sleep and make some noise if you see one. You’ll spook them off.
The list for how to survive in the wilderness can surely extend beyond these tips and tricks. Knowledge is your greatest weapon in the wild, so try to stay educated so that you’re always prepared.