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The Basics of Surviving in the Wilderness

Surviving in the wilderness use to be part of everyday life. Even if you feel protected and safe in your cocoon of modern living it is still a good plan to have some of the survival skills that could keep you alive in a bad situation. 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? These are the techniques and know-how that could keep you alive in dangerous locations or hazardous conditions. 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 are universal skills that could help you no matter what the situation or circumstance.These universal skills will be able to help you survive in any situation you find yourself in

Let us take a closer look at what you should do if you find yourself stuck or lost in an extreme or dangerous environment. The order of focus for the survival skills are based on the basic needs of human life and the situation itself. To protect yourself from the harsh conditions you will want to build a shelter as your first task. 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.

Clean drinking water is the next important skill to surviving in an extreme condition. You can collect water in a number of ways. This all depends on where you are, if you are in the jungle you could use condensation traps but other places you might be able to find a stream or river. You water should be brought to a boil before you drink it.

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 useful for warmth as well as protection. A fire will make your survival easier and more comfortable but a shelter is still more important in most situations.

If you are prepared or have the ability to plan, a survival kit and first aid kit will be essential. Personally I pack a survival book and a first aid kit in my survival bag, the first aid kit is the most important equipment and I see it as imperative to surviving in the wilderness. Injuries need to be tended to before they get worse and could ruin any chance you have at surviving.

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