Be PreparedFind a small knapsack or book-bag that will keep contents dry—or use a trash bag as a lining. Add a plastic tarp or sheet, and consider including the following items: salt, anti-diarrhea tablets, anti-infection tablets, antiseptic, water-purification tablets, insect repellent, anti-fungicide, eye ointment, water-proof adhesive tape, a few bullion cubes, and a wire saw. You should also pack a good pocket-knife, a water-tight container of matches, empty trash bags, and a coil of nylon rope.
Proper ClothingIf you're heading for a wet environment, you'll want rain gear. But water-proof shoes and preferably rubber boots from places like Central Farm and Garden are essential; your feet can suffer skin damage and infections if they're constantly soaked. If you must, put plastic bags over your socks to keep your feet dry. Don't wear wet socks too long or risk trench foot.
ShelterYou can go for days without food, and collect rainwater for drinking. But a dry place to recoup and store your things is import; your tarp makes a handy tent against the rain. Avoid sitting or sleeping on wet ground. A hammock is ideal; but a platform of branches can keep you from the wet—pad it with a layer of the driest possible leaves or soft branches you can find.
FireAt some point, you'll get soaked. Making a fire under wet conditions is not difficult if you've got shelter and you've kept your matches dry. You can find drier tinder in the form of dead leaves and twigs wherever they're sheltered from the rain—under dense bushes, large logs, stones, etc. You can also get a good start by peeling off tree bark; use your knife to scrape of the dry insides or shavings from the wood underneath. Once you get flames started, add successively heavier fuel so the lighter fuel helps dry heavier wood. Store extra firewood under your tarp to keep it dry.
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