Survival Tips - Ten Life-Savers
By Steven Gillman
Thinking of going out into
the wilderness soon? Be prepared, with these top ten survival tips.
1. Read Or Watch Survival Stories
If you have read many true wilderness survival
stories, you know that many people who probably shouldn't have
survived did so because they refused to give up. Attitude matters,
and to get the right attitude, you need to be able to truly believe
that you will find a way to survive. Knowing what people have faced
and overcome before makes this easier. If you are with others in a
survival situation, you should even tell those stories to them, so
they can see that survival is possible and even likely.
2. Tell Others Where You Are
This is something that has to be done before you
have a survival situation, which means before you head off into the
woods. And if you decide to take a new route, you may want to leave
a note where it can be found, just in case.
3. Know Your Priorities
Protection from the elements and water to drink
are usually at the top of the list of priorities in a survival
situation. However, every situation will be unique. Think carefully
about what is most important and urgent. For example, searching for
food is a waste of time if a cold night is coming and you have no
shelter. Do the important things first.
4. Learn First Aid
If you don't take the time to learn a few basics
of medical first aid, at least carry a small booklet that outlines
basic procedures. You can find these in many first aid kits.
5. Be Aware Of Possible Shelters
If you are possibly facing a survival situation
(not sure if you are lost, for example), start looking around for
what kinds of shelters are available. Are there piles of dry leaves
you can crawl under to stay warm? Are there caves or overhanging
trees that can protect you from the rain or snow?
6. Always Plan Ahead
This may be one of the more important survival
tips. Don't wait for problems and then start looking for a solution.
Before you get thirsty you should be looking around for sources of
water. Before the rain comes, you should be thinking about how to
stay dry. With sufficient foresight, getting lost in the wilderness
for a few extra days should be nothing more than an inconvenience.
Don't let it become an emergency.
7. Always Have Fire Starters
Anytime you will be in the wilderness overnight or
longer, have at least two ways to start a fire. These can be matches
and a magnesium fire starter, or a lighter and the magnifying glass
on your compass. Being able to start a fire can save you from the
biggest killer in the wilds - hypothermia. A fire also provides
comfort and better sleep, both of which can keep you motivated to do
the right things.
8. Learn What Is Edible
Food is not usually a priority in a wilderness
survival situation. Water, shelter and getting found are more
important. Psychologically, however, you will be less stressed and
more willing to face the situation if you know a few plants and
animals that you can eat. Try eating some cattails or wild rose hips
on your next hike.
9. Learn How To Navigate
Even if you have lost your backpack, with the maps
and compass, you should know how to determine the cardinal
directions. That way, if you know that there is a road to the north,
for example, you will know which way to go. The sun rises in the
east and sets in the west, of course, but there are other ways to
determine direction. Why not learn a couple of them?
10. Know How To Stay Warm
Learning a few tricks about staying warm can save
you life. Since hypothermia is the number one killer of people in
wilderness survival situations, this may be the most important of
these survival tips. Stay dry and think of ways to insulate yourself
when it is cold. Stuffing a jacket full of dry grass or leaves or
cattail fluff could save your life.
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