Survival Tips for your Next Trip into the Wilderness
When enjoying the Wilderness seems like a great idea, people usually forget that it’s a matter of survival in the Wilderness. Thousands of people get lost in the same, every year. However, there are some way by which the chances of that can be highly reduced:
Pick a direction and go in that particular direction. If possible leave a mark stating where you already went, where you’re going, and what are the current options. Exploring the wilderness is tedious job, so make sure you leave hints for the rescuers, just in case.
Remember to proceed during the day and set a camp at night.
Get a Survival Kit
Survival kit is a package of basic tools and supplies made with survival in mind, in an of an emergency. There are several survival guides available to help you understand it better. Though it’s easy to make a survival kit of your own, but you might forget an important thing or two.
Survival Kits don’t cost that much. Plus, it’s worth the survival.
Key Features to note while choosing a Survival Kit:
- Intended Use
Benefits of survival kits
The most common and important benefit of a survival kit is not dying. Plus, they save your precious time and money. Instead of searching the internet, scavenging the forums, for every other possible thing you might need, it’s far more comfortable to get a kit instead.
Avoid Relying totally on GPS
GPS might sound like a great idea, but they may run low on battery. Other than the technology, you might want to use the legacy options like a Compass, Pen and a Paper. Its always better to keep your options open.
Follow the trails of the Animals
Following the trails of small animals might lead you to water sources where you might also set your camp. Also, it would get easier for the rescuers to find you. Also, you might want to keep a branch ready to avoid certain plants when moving forward. Touching and removing them by your hands might not be a very good idea.
Know the Dangers of the Wilderness
Here are a few things that one should take extra precautions from:
- Fallen Trees – a common reason for injuries
- Slippery Rocks – self-explanatory, keep a stick with you to maintain balance
- Sunstroke – keep yourself covered
- Sunburn – if possible, keep Sunscreen with you.
- Heatstroke – it might really hot sometimes, which needs to be avoided
- Dehydration – store the proper amount of water and find a source of freshwater asap
- Mosquitoes – these annoying buzzers spread malaria and dengue, like crazy. Keep mosquito repellents with you
Prepare your Shelter
Having a shelter in the wilderness protects you from the animals, insects, and weather conditions to some extent. It’s a MUST, and can’t be avoided. If you find a cave, great! Otherwise, you might use branches, leaves to do the job for you. Long branches can be used to make a wedge against a tree and leaves to make the cover.
Start a small Fire near you
It might get cold at nights an you might need protection from that to avoid hypothermia. It’s better to start a fire for that, plus, it helps you cook food, and protects you from animals lurking around. You do need a weapon to protect yourself in the dark.
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