How To Survive In The Wilderness

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Hopefully you will never find yourself alone and lost in the wilderness.  If you do, there are certain wilderness survival skills you need to master to learn how to survive in the wilderness.  Many of these skills will be applicable in any outdoor survival situation you find yourself in.

But before you do anything, you need to: stop, think, observe, and plan before you go into action. Sit down and stay put until the fear, anger, and or frustration has gone from the system. Think through your situation. What do you have that can help you in this situation? Observe your surroundings. Where should you stay? If you told someone where you were going, people may be searching for you. Is there an open area where the searchers would have a better chance of seeing you? Plan your action.


How to survive in the wilderness

An understanding of the basic concepts of how to survive in the wilderness is important if you ever find yourself in an emergency situation in the wilderness.

The will to survive

State of mind is an important factor in survival. Maintain a strong will to survive. From time to time, we can hear or read about remarkable wilderness survival stories. A common denominator for most of the survivors in these stories is a strong will to survive.

Basic needs

In a wilderness survival situation you will be confronted with many problems that you need to overcome. There are four basic needs for surviving in the wilderness: food, water, warmth, and sleep.

Food: An average adult can survive for weeks without food; therefore, food is rarely a first priority. However, in many survival situations your body burns more calories than normal, requiring you to need extra energy. In addition, food is important for your mental state.

Water: Since the human body is 75 per cent water, you need a constant supply of water to function. The average person can survive for three days without water, but it is best not to wait until you run out of water before you look for more.

Warmth: Maintaining an ideal body temperature is crucial. Your body operates within a narrow temperature range. In most survival situations, the challenge is to keep you warm, especially at nights.

Sleep: As humans we need a certain amount of sleep to remain rational. Without sleep, your mind may hallucinate, making you unable to make conscious decisions to better your situation.

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Wilderness survival skills

These are the basic wilderness survival skills that you will need to learn to survive. In most cases, the priority should be to learn: how to build a fire, how to find water, how to build or find shelter, how to find food, how to do basic first aid, how to signal for help, and how to navigate. There are many other skills you need to learn, but these are the basics.  Learn these first, and then add to them.

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