The wilderness has some of the most beautiful, interesting, and rewarding areas to explore. There is endless stunning scenery just waiting to be explored, whether you’re new to the outdoors or an experienced outdoors person you’re sure to have an adventure.
The wilderness doesn’t offer all these alluring attractions without some risks however. You have to be well prepared and know as much about what you’re getting into as possible. Being underprepared can lead to some serious problems, like getting lost, injured, or worse.
So with that in mind, here are 10 of the best must know wilderness survival tips to help keep you safe and having fun out there exploring the wilderness.
Know How to Make Shelter
Should the worst case scenario happen and you’re stuck in the wilderness overnight, knowing how to make shelter to protect you overnight is crucial. Ideally, you would be able to find some bamboo as it’s flexible and strong, but sturdy ferns and branches will do the trick. Here’s a video that should give you a good idea to get started.
Know How to Navigate Well
Being able to navigate with and without the assistance of maps, GPS, and other tools is vital to being able to survive in the outdoors. Learn the basics, such as knowing the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. But, knowing how to use a map and compass is another skill that could save your life so take a look at this video.
Let Someone Know Where You Intend to Go
You should have a rough idea where you intend to go before you explore a wilderness area. Always show someone close to you on a map where you intend to go and how long you will be. This way they can raise an alarm and point rescue services to the right location to find you should something happen.
Plan, Prep, and Plan Some More
Planning is the key to a successful and fun experience. The wilderness is potentially very dangerous and being underprepared is possibly the number one mistake people make. Make sure you have all the necessary equipment, know where you’re going, and what you’re likely to encounter at the very least.
Take Plenty of Food
Travelling light is always a priority but don’t compromise on food. Take enough to last the time you’re planning to spend in the wilderness, with a little extra for comfort. Don’t rely on finding food while being outdoors it’s just not reliable.
Have a First Aid Kit
Being prepared means having a first aid kit. There are some small kits that include everything you need and don’t take up much space in your backpack – such as this first aid kit and ultralight survival kit.
Take Plenty of Water and Know How to Purify Water
Water is vital while exploring the wilderness. Most rain water is safe if you capture it before it hits the floor, but generally speaking you should boil water to purify it and lower the risk of bacteria.
Have a Means to Start a Fire
Fire is one of the key elements to surviving in the outdoors. There’s no need to prove how resourceful you are by making a fire from a couple of twigs and some friction. Pack some waterproof matches and a lighter and make sure you understand fire safety.
Wear Weather Appropriate Clothing
You are going to have a miserable time if you’re freezing cold or so hot you feel like fainting. Check the weather forecast before heading out and wear appropriate clothing. Take some waterproofs like a disposable poncho in case of unexpected rainfall.
Have Handy Tools to Hand
Carry something like a Swiss army knife or other multi-tool on you at all times. It’s amazing how often these tools come in handy. Having something sharp is recommended in the wilderness, you will no doubt need to cut through some branches, packages, or other items at some point.
There you have it, 10 tips that are going to keep you safe and well-prepared in the wilderness. A lot of these tips are general outdoors tips that will keep you safe and make your life easier in most situations.
Remember, preparation is the key to success! Have fun.