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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.

At this point you might be wondering what exactly are survival skills. Survival skills is the know-how and techniques that could help and ultimately safe your life in hazardous conditions or dangerous locations. These skills will help you should you be involved in extreme storms or hurricanes, or if you find yourself stuck in the desert, mountains, or jungle. You will want to at least know how to build a shelter, build a fire, pack a survival kit, and how to get clean drinking water. 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 focus for survival skills relate to the basic human needs and the circumstance you find yourself in. That being said, a shelter is usually the first task people need to take, this will protect you from 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. You can collect water in a number of ways. In the desert you can use condensation traps while in the jungle you could find water in the vines of trees or you could find a stream or river. No matter where you gather water you should always boil it before you attempt to drink it.

To boil your water you will need fire, and this is the next survival skill you will need. Fire is useful for warmth as well as protection. While a fire can make surviving easier, in most situations a shelter is 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.