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What You Need to Know to Survive in the Wilderness

Daily life use to evolve around wilderness survival. Having an understanding and knowledge of survival skills is smart for anyone living in their modern cocoon, even though they may feel protected and safe. Outdoor enthusiasts, sportsmen and backpackers have these skills because it is what they enjoy doing but for everyone else it should be a skill worth learning.

What are survival skills you ask? Survival skills involves the know-how and techniques that will help you survive in hazardous conditions or dangerous locations. Skills like these could save your life if you are stuck in a storm or earthquake or if you are stranded in a desert, jungle, or mountains. Most of the skills you will want to learn will deal with building a safe shelter, building a fire, packing a survival kit, and how to make water safe to drink. These skills will help you no matter what the situation is whether it is winter survival, or survival in the desert, forest or mountain.

The next couple of paragraphs will look at these survival skills and give you a better understanding what each skill entails. The order of skills to focus on are based on protecting your basic needs as a human and the circumstance you find yourself in. Shelter is usually the first task to take on when you find yourself in a bad situation, this will give you protection from the harsh conditions. This is your immediate focus but if does not matter what the shelter consists of, it could be a lean-to or a poncho shelter.

The next important thing to surviving in the wilderness is getting drinking water. This can be done in a number of ways. You could gather water from a flowing stream or river or if you are in the desert you could use a condensation trap. Before any water should be considered drinkable you should bring it to a boil first.

The next survival skill we will look at is building a fire, you will not be able to boil your water unless you first build fire. Fire is necessary for protection and warmth, it can keep animals and insects away as well as dry your cloths and keep you warm at night. You might think a fire is the most necessary survival skill but although it can make surviving easier and more comfortable, a shelter is still more important.

Next we will look at the survival kit, depending on the situation surrounding your survival you may not have a survival kit. I suggest every survival bag should have a survival guide and a first aid kit. You need to tend to your injuries in the wild before they get worse.

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