The Basics of Surviving in the Wilderness
Surviving in the wilderness use to be part of everyday life. Although we are now protected in our cocoons of modern living it is still important to have experience will survival skills just in case something happens. These skill sets are not only for backpackers, sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts, although those are now the only people with such skills.
At this point you might be wondering what exactly are survival skills. These are the techniques and know-how that could keep you alive in dangerous locations or hazardous conditions. Skills like these could save your life if you are stuck in a storm or earthquake or if you are stranded in a desert, jungle, or mountains. You will want to at least know how to build a shelter, build a fire, pack a survival kit, and how to get clean drinking water. These skills will help you no matter what the situation is whether it is winter survival, or survival in the desert, forest or mountain.
The next couple of paragraphs will look at these survival skills and give you a better understanding what each skill entails. The order of skills to focus on are based on protecting your basic needs as a human and the circumstance you find yourself in. To protect yourself from the harsh conditions you will want to build a shelter as your first task. This is your immediate focus but if does not matter what the shelter consists of, it could be a lean-to or a poncho shelter.
Getting clean drinking water is the next most important element to surviving a hazardous situation. You can do this in several different manners, and it depends on where you find yourself. This all depends on where you are, if you are in the jungle you could use condensation traps but other places you might be able to find a stream or river. Before any water should be considered drinkable you should bring it to a boil first.
To boil your water you will need fire, and this is the next survival skill you will need. Fire is useful for warmth as well as protection. A fire will make your survival easier and more comfortable but a shelter is still more important in most situations.
If you are prepared or have the ability to plan, a survival kit and first aid kit will be essential. I recommend a survival book and a first aid kit in any survival bag, these could save your life should anything bad ever happen to you. A first aid kit will help you tend to the injuries you might get in the wilderness, tending to these could save your life.