Have you ever been hiking, biking or simply traveling through a wooded area and stopped to take in the utter silence around you? Now imagine being lost or injured and alone in that very silent wilderness. Maybe you panic and make a fatal mistake, or maybe you calm down and recall some of the valuable wilderness survival advice given by TV’s wilderness survival pros. While you may not be able to rock climb quite like a professional, if you know how to survive you will make it out of a very dangerous situation alive and well. Use these five essentials to survive the wilderness like a pro.
Make a good survival shelter
If you are lost in the wilderness you are most likely going to spend a few nights alone out there. That means you will have to sleep somewhere away from the dangers of wild animals, the cold and any inclement weather that comes your way. The best way to do this is to build an effective and safe shelter. The easiest shelter to build quickly is a lean-to. A lean-to is simply a stack of wood leaned up against two trees or large rocks, with an optional stack of wood to one side. Layer your lean-to wood stacks with large ferns or moss to keep in heat and stay safe during the night. If you can, also look for existing shelter under rocks, in a small cave, or under a canopy of trees.
Build a fire
The number one most important survival tip given by survival pros on TV is to make a good fire as soon as possible. Not only does fire warm you up, it also serves as a beacon to any search parties looking for you. If you carry sharp tools like knives by Gerber you can find a flint rock and strike them together to create the needed sparks for a fire.
Locate fresh water
Humans can only survive for a few days without any water at all. Drinkable fresh water is extremely important in any survival scenario. Be sure to disinfect any water taken from the ground by heating it up until it boils. Try to collect any rain water you can as well, as rain water is safe to drink.
Protect yourself from animals
Sometimes wild animals get hungry and attack humans. The easiest way to protect yourself in a dangerous situation like this is to attach your trusty knife to a long stick, creating a spear. This gives you length and a very potent weapon that may end up saving your life.
The key to surviving a wilderness scenario is to simply get help as soon as possible. If you build a fire, fan the flames with wet leaves to create a distinct pattern of smoke that may attract invaluable attention and search parties.
This article was written by Dixie Somers. Dixie is a freelance writer and avid blogger who gets her inspiration from her wonderful husband and three little girls.