Outdoor Survival Tips

Some time back I read somewhere that when preparing to go having a good time out there, the more you know about survival tips, the better. You can’t possibly prepare for every other thing that could threaten your life out there, but the best thing to do is to be aware of as many of them as possible. A friend of mine frequently tells me that knowledge is available not be very useful all the time, but to be there at those times, you need it most. So this article will give the right tips for outdoor survival.

So what should you do when locating an appropriate campsite? First thing, you should as much as possible avoid paths and valleys where water could flow towards you. Flash floods can quickly deluge a low-lying place in just minutes. Look for an area free from natural harm, like, large dead branches that can crash unexpectedly in the night, falling rocks or insect nests. However, be close to such resources as running water and dry wood with which you can build a fire and erect your shelter. Build a properly insulated shelter to avoid cold as research has it that Hypothermia is among top outdoor killers in cold weather.

Learn to start a fire with a battery. This is very simple as it just involves short-circuiting the battery. To do this, you connect the positive and negative terminals of the battery using a wire, steel wool, or foil so that you create sparks. Of course, have your firewood ready first.

Next on, let’s look at what you should do in case you are lost or stranded. I should have mentioned that before taking off, you should inform someone and let them know where you are headed and what time they should expect you back so that in case you take unusually too long to get back, a search and rescue team will know where to start. If you are lost in some disabled vehicle, or you happen to be a survivor of a plane crash, you’d better remain at the aircraft or vehicle as this will make it easy for a search and rescue party to locate you than locating a moving person who has no idea where they are headed.

Finding safe and clean water. It is worth knowing that you will come by two types of water, clean water, and water that can very quickly kill you. The best way of purifying questionable water (for instance water that has been on the ground for a long time, like puddles) is by boiling, but this is not always an option. You can collect water by just soaking up dew and also ringing out bandanas. Squeeze out water from vines, cacti and thistles. Make holes in the barks of maple trees and quench your thirst with the watery flow.

There are many other tips for outdoor survival, and you should make an effort to learn as many of them as possible as you never know when you will need them.

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