How To Survive In The Wilderness

If you’re stranded in the wilderness, the key to your survival is finding three specific things: shelter, food, and water. Now, in some outdoor situations where the elements are not too severe, you can survive without shelter. But it is impossible to survive without food and water. Knowing what to do in the case of an emergency situation can go a long way towards making sure you get home in the best health possible.

wilderness survival

What To Have With You

If you plan on taking a retreat in the wilderness by yourself, you must consider carrying a couple of things with you. You have to get a knife, as it is used for many jobs. The rope is also useful for camping, especially if you find yourself in a survival situation. No matter the climate, always bring a jacket or windbreaker. They will keep your body warm at night, and staying warm is crucial. Also, bring water so you don’t become dehydrated.

knife for survival

You might find yourself in a survival situation while camping, since you are in the wilderness and have no way of reaching anyone if you don’t have a phone. First-aid kits will be necessary to heal injuries. Having a compass will help you find your way to the city. If you have a map of the area you will be camping at, it will be even more helpful. If you are in a survival position, having that safe place to sleep for the night is a great thing. The shelter will keep you dry and warmer. If you weren’t camping, you could build a simple lean-to with rope, some branches, and a tarp.


What You Can Do If You Didn’t Bring Anything…

Scan what is nearby and what you have on you right away. This will let you decide what you can make and how quickly you can make it. Look for tree types, plants that would work as rope, and possible combustible sources. Construct a roof as soon as possible. You can use a large tree with shelter underneath it or a cave.

a cave to hide in

Next, you would have to find food until an hour before sunset. Drink water from the cleanest possible rivers and as far from infection sources as possible. Build a fire using the tools around you. Start one by rubbing one end of a dry stick into the groove of the larger piece of wood until you see glowing embers in the channel, then blow softly while putting moss and leaves on it.

making a fire with wood

What To Eat Or Drink

Keep in mind that water in stagnant sources is often infected. If you find moving water, it is less likely to be contaminated. If you are not familiar with the fruit you find, a good rule of thumb is to evade any berries that are red or white. It’s those colors that are usually poisonous.

Avoid eating wild mushrooms, unless you can clearly identify them. Most wild mushrooms are perfectly safe to eat, but several varieties are poisonous. If you do not know how to determine the safe ones, it is best to stay away.

red mushrooms

Remember that insects such as grasshoppers and locusts are edible. You can eat them live or roast them. Frogs, lizards, and turtles are other sources of protein that are moderately easy to catch. While these foods might not be your first choice, remember your goal is survival!