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4 Tips for Surviving in the Wild

Survivalism is a unique way of life that involves living in the wild and figuring out how to fend for yourself without relying on modern-day technologies and comforts. It revolves around living like humans once did thousands of years ago, long before the Industrial Revolution and the development of technology.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to survive in the wild, we’ve got some top tips for you below. If you want extra tips after reading this article, click here to learn more.

Learn How to Build a Great Shelter

Knowing how to build a shelter is essential when you’re in the wild. The weather can be unpredictable, and a trusty shelter will protect you from cold winds and torrential downpours. It will also help you maintain optimal body temperature (which will reduce the risk of hypothermia) and keep you out of sight of potential predators if you’re in the middle of a forest.

Use whatever materials are available to you whilst you’re out in the wild to stay warm and dry. Great materials for shelter-building include branches, leaves, and fabrics, such as bed sheets, blankets, and clothes.

Invest in a Great Hunting Knife

A hunting knife is an essential tool for outdoor activities when you’re in the wild. You can use your knife to hunt, skin, and prepare games to provide your body with high-quality sources of protein. You can also use your hunting knife to build shelters for protection from the elements.

Consider the type of hunting knife that will be the most suitable for you, as they come in a range of styles, materials, and blade types. For example, a drop-point-bladed knife is ideal for cutting and heavy-duty activities. A clip-point blade offers a more delicate and precise cut. Stainless steel knives are resistant to rust, but carbon steel knives tend to maintain their sharpness for longer.

Seek Water

Humans can only live around three days without water. However, you might start experiencing the detrimental signs of dehydration after just a day without water. Therefore, one of your top priorities when in the wilderness should be to find fresh, running water.

Search for streams and rivers where you can collect water. Consider purifying the water to remove contaminants by boiling it or dissolving a purification tablet into it. Doing so prevents water-borne illnesses and will also make the water taste a little fresher.

Carry a Basic First Aid Kit Around with You

Basic first aid skills can make the difference between life and death in a survival situation. It enables you to respond to injuries quickly and provides essential treatments to prevent wounds from becoming infected or bleeding out.

Carry a compact first aid kit around with you inside your backpack whilst you’re in the wild. It should include bandages, antiseptic wipes, scissors, gauze, and general pain relief medications. Carrying these items on your person when you’re away from your shelter means you can access the essentials immediately if you sustain a minor injury.