Surviving The Wilds

Outdoor life is a great way to relieve you of stress from your everyday city life. With all the hectic schedules, pollution and demands of this highly competitive world are stresses that, without you knowing it, are slowly making yourself inefficient and unproductive.

Living in the wilds is beneficial to an individual. You got to experience nature and everything it can offer you: fresh air, clean water and awesome sceneries. But all these can only be fully enjoyed if you know how to survive the wilderness.

Wilderness survival means two things:

  1. Living in the wilds with ease and comfort as if it is your home.

  2. Staying alive, if lost or stranded, until help arrives and rescued.

Whichever of these you may need, wilderness survival is basically dependent on the following abilities:

The ability to face fear.

Fear is the number one enemy of survival. The sooner you take charge of your emotion, the greater chance of survival you have. Fear comes from the unknown. It is therefore very important that you equip yourself with knowledge necessary for outdoor living. Fear left unchecked yields to panic, which in turn, could be very disastrous.

The ability to seek or make shelter.

Shelter will shield you from the elements. Making one is important to survival and enjoying the wilderness. One must have the basic knowledge of pitching a tent the right way or procuring the right materials for shelter if tents are unavailable.

The ability to make fire.

Fire means heat, a necessary element in fighting hypothermia. It also gives protection from wild animals. It is also necessary in food preparation for the much needed nourishment of the body. It is also needed for light in dark nights especially when all other sources of light are not available.

The ability to read maps.

Map-reading is definitely a necessary skill for wilderness survival. Add to this also the knowledge on how to use a compass. Getting direction using a map and a compass could save your life and also of others. You may also want to know how to use the stars in finding your way in the wilderness. Star charts are also available in any survival stores. So, before you leave for a wilderness trip, you must equip yourself with the much needed maps, charts and a reliable compass.

The ability to employ first-aid.

Accidents must be expected if you are outdoors. Having a first-aid kit is just a step towards survival. Using it properly is another thing. Every backpack must be well-equipped with a kit. Having only one first-aid kit in one team is very disastrous. Make sure that every member carries a kit in his pack and he must be able to use it properly.

The ability to improvise.

Creativity and resourcefulness will surely increase your survival percentage. Not all necessary items for survival are easily available but if one is creative and resourceful enough, acquiring these items is possible. All you need is presence of mind and positive thinking, survival in the wilderness is very possible.

Want to stay safe while camping?

Camping is not only for adults; it's for children of all ages as well. Nothing makes your kids very excited than hearing you say about camping. It’s a time where all the members of the family get together and hang out, away from the hustle-bustle of the city streets. No assignments and no works to worry about; just spending all the time with great outdoor activities in which everybody will surely enjoy. However, indulging yourself in a certain activity like this is not really safe.

Whether as a family routine or a school extracurricular activity, camping can be as dangerous as any kind of activity you are going to engage with. Sure, they can be fun and challenging. But bear in mind that camping are held in places like forest, woods or some distant places you are not familiar with. Hence, safety must be first considered so as to assure you can fully have a great time all through the activities.

There are some things you need to mull over in order to stay your family safe while camping:

Plan ahead

A parent should set a fixed date for the said camping trip. This will give everyone a heads up on what to do and what to pack. You can make a list of things to bring along beforehand. Know also if there are any upcoming natural disasters, such as heavy rain, which will eventually defeat the purpose of a camp trip.

Pack what you need

When the big day comes, remember to pack everything you ever need. This includes first aid or survival kit, emergency supplies, and tools. You never know when is the time you needed an insect repellant or a pocket knife, so it is better to be prepared on everything.

Arriving early

Make a target to arrive early on the campsite, or at least while the sun is still up, in order to check and clear the place before putting up a tent or parking your camper van. Familiarize the surrounding place or learn the terrain before it goes dark. Set a rule to everyone that they should not go wandering around without an escort, especially the kids. Remember, the campsite is not your place and there, deep within the forest, live hundreds of unpredictable and territorial wild animals.

Get a good food storage

If you don’t have sturdy and locked food storage, then better hang it to a tree rather than keeping them inside your tent. Snakes and some other harmful animals might be your next neighborhood the moment you wake up and realized they’ve eaten up all of your supplies. Also, your first aid or survival kit must be in an accessible place, where you can easily locate them if you needed it.

Safety against fire is also important

Do not just build bonfire any place you want to. Of course, one should make sure that the fire is set away from the tent so as to avoid any ignition over some devices. Clear up the area first before putting up stones for the bonfire. Lastly, when leaving the fire place, never forget to pour enough water not only to kill the fire, but also the coals and other remaining woods.

Attending, or going to a camping trip, may sound as easy and enjoyable. But never forget to put safety concern atop of your priority list. After all, where’s the fun if someone else’s life is at risk.

Copyright © 2016 by Julie Nou.

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