With the spring coming up, people are making plans to go on camping trips or hiking across the country. This time of year is perfect for getting out of the house. But, what happens if you get into a situation where you have to figure out how to survive in the woods? Here are 5 outdoor survival tips you must know before heading out on the trails.
1. Start By Making a Plan
Consider the resources you have and put a plan in place on how to survive until you’re rescued or find your way out of the situation. Here’s what you need to think about:
●Is there a water source near you?
●Take inventory of all of the resources you have access to.
●If you have a tent, is it set up in the safest place?
●What can you use for shelter if you don’t have something with you?
Whatever basic needs you don’t have covered, pick one and figure it out.
2. Find Water
There are several ways you can gather water while in the woods. First, find a way to collect clean rainwater and store it. Other ways to find water would be to dig for it. There are certain types of plants that tend to thrive in a lot of water. For example, cottonwood and cattails would have a water source near it.
If you aren’t near that type of vegetation, you can absorb the water from the morning dew. Layout clothes to get wet and wring them into a container. The water can be boiled and used.
3. Get a Fire Going
Building a fire and maintaining it is not an easy task. You’ll need a tinder bundle that can be made up of dry leaves, pine needles, dry grass, or tiny sticks. Then you need to find larger pieces of wood that can be burned. Put three pieces of wood into a teepee shape and the tinder bundle in the center. Light the bundle and allow it to catch the wood on fire. It may take several bundles before the wood gets hot enough to fully catch.
4. Create Hunting Tools
Depending on your supplies, you may need to create tools to hunt with. If you don’t have a fishing pole or line, you’ll need to create a spear from a long, straight stick. Use a knife or a sharp rock to make a point at the end of it.
5. Stay Out of The Sun With a Shade Shelter
The last thing you want to do is deal with heat exhaustion and limited supplies. Understand that a lack of water and exposure to the sun can cause you to pass out. Make sure you shade yourself from the sun during the hotter parts of the day.
Before you head out into the woods, it’s important that you know basic survival skills. You never know what could happen.
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