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How to Survive in the Wilderness Alone

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Wilderness Survival Kit          Many people and families vacation in the wilderness each year. The wilderness offers a good escape from the hustle and bustle of daily societal life. However, without the proper survival skills you may find yourself in trouble if you get lost or stranded. There are many predators in the woods, and your food supplies may be dwindling. Follow these tips to help you survive until rescue can be made.





Step 1

Prior to leaving on your trip take a wilderness survival course. Wilderness survival courses can teach you life saving techniques and what types of supplies you will need on your trip to promote your survival.

Step 2

Buy a wilderness survival kit. Wilderness survival kits are full of the necessities for getting stranded in the forest. Some items commonly included in survival kits are first aid kits, flares, and water purification tablets. Always travel with a wilderness survival kit when vacationing in the forest or make one yourself.



Step 3

Carry a magnesium flint stick and utility knife with you. One of the key ways to survive alone in the wilderness is the ability to make fire. Since most of you were never boy scouts and do not have experience making a fire by rubbing two sticks together, you need easier methods. If you scrape a magnesium flint stick with your utility knife you will create sparks. You can rub these sparks onto some dried leaves or foliage placed onto a wood pile in order to create a fire. The fire will serve to keep you warm at night as well as scare away many predators from your area.



Step 4

Wilderness Survival Water PotBring a pot with you for boiling water. You can collect water from any source you can find in the forest including rivers and lakes. Wilderness survival depends on purifying your water before you drink it. One of the best and easiest purification methods to kill bacteria is by boiling the water. You can do this with the fire you created in step 3 above and the pot you brought with you. Be sure to let the water cool before drinking it after you have boiled it.



Step 5

Survival FoodWhen you run out of food make use of the local fare for your survival. Surviving in the wilderness means doing things you would normally never do. This includes eating creatures you would probably never eat. Grubs and worms are very protein rich and easily digestible sources of food in the forests. You may have to rummage under moist surfaces such as logs or leaves on the ground to find these creatures. You can either eat them raw or use your fire and a stick to roast them.



Step 6

Another key to wilderness survival is finding shelter. Shelter will keep you warm and protect you from the environment such as rain and wind. You can try to make your own shelter with logs and leaves or adapt a current shelter such as the entrance to a cave or natural indentation in a rock structure.




Additional Advice

                   It is more difficult to survive in the wilderness during cold seasons like the winter and fall. Plan your wilderness vacations in the springs and summer so if things do go wrong you will have a much easier time surviving.

                   Travel or camp in groups rather than alone. There is strength in numbers and your chances of survival will be greater if you have company with you.



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