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Wilderness Survival Skills

With the popularity of camping, hiking, and trailing at an all-time high, there comes a great demand to known even the most basic of survival skills before heading out on your next outdoor trip.  Although most tourist destinations that include campsites and hiking trails are marked to ensure that you stay on the right trail, there are instances where you can stray from the marked trail and become lost in the wilderness.  However, knowing these basic wilderness survival tips can play a big role in whether or not you can survive in the outdoors until you are found or have found your way back

Your Locations

The first thing you want to do before even leaving for your outdoor trip is to let your friends and family know where you are going and when they should expect you back by.  This can help out greatly if you are stranded out in the middle of nowhere and of course your rescue. Authorities can then be notified that you are missing and they will then scour the area where your last known whereabouts are and find you.  This can also help in the amount of time you spend in the wilderness before your rescue.  So make sure that if you are going on an outdoor trip that you let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.

Another basic wilderness survival tip is to of course find you shelter if you have found yourself lost in the woods.  Make sure that you choose a shelter that will protect you from weather and other animals.  Keep in mind that the temperature can be dramatically changed between night and day, so make sure that you are choosing a shelter that can keep your body temperature balanced and that you don’t get too cold.  You want to make sure that you have a type of roof or covering so that if it rains you don’t get wet.  Mixing wet clothes and cold temperatures only leads to worse life threatening problems.  Make sure that you get familiar with the location of your campsite so that when you venture off to find food and water you don’t become more lost and can’t find your campsite.  This is a very important tip that anyone that plans to survive in the outdoors should know.  

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Get a Fire

The next important tip to surviving the wilderness after finding your campsite is to get a fire going.  A fire is very important to have when you are lost outdoors.  A fire can help you in many different ways such as helping to keep your warm at night, keeps animals from approaching your campsite, and can also act as an oven to cook food from.  A fire is also very important to have because the smoke from the fire alarms rescuers and helps them to pinpoint exactly where your campsite is.  You want to make sure that your fire is constantly burning and finding wood to keep it going is another great tip when it comes to surviving in the wilderness.

After you have found a campsite and created a fire for your campsite, your next step is to find food and water.  It is always wise to carry a backpack whenever you go on an outdoor trip and should have basic survival gear, some of which should be water, canned goods, a metal bowl, utensils, and of course a can opener.  However, after you have run out of your materials in your survival backpack you then need to find a clean source of water, such as a running stream, and either hunt land animals or find a good fishing spot to fish from.  Keeping yourself hydrated is very important as well as eating food to give you energy until your rescue.  

Remain Calm

One of the most important tips you need to make sure that you do whenever you get lost in the wilderness is to remain calm at all times. For many people they become angered or scared when they realize they are lost, however you need to remain calm because you need all of the knowledge and energy you have to put forth towards surviving the outdoors until you are either found or have found your way back.  

Although all of the tips are very basic survival tips, they are very important when it comes to actually surviving in the outdoors for days on end.  So make sure the next time you decide to go on an outdoor trip that you keep these simple tips in mind and use them if you happen to get lost in the outdoors.   

Mentally Prepare

Many people think that surviving the outdoors has to do with survival skills along, however they couldn’t be further from the truth.  To be able to successfully survive the wilderness you also have to have a great deal of mental survival skills.  For many people, when they become lost, a ton of different emotions evolve, whether it is being scared, helpless, or even angry.  The most important part about surviving the wilderness is being able to put those negative emotions away and keep a calm, cool, and steady head.  Here are a few tips to live by mentally if you ever find yourself lost in the wilderness.

First and foremost you need to keep a positive attitude.  As hard as it may be, for many people who have been lost in the wilderness and had their mind set that they would be found or would find their way out and survive, they did just that.  You certainly aren’t going to have the will or the drive to push forward to find your way out or to be rescued with a bad attitude or thinking that you will never be saved.  So remember to remain focused and to keep your mind in a positive attitude.  Think to yourself and believe that you will be able to survive this event and you will find better results in your journey to survival.

Push Yourself Above and Beyond

You also need to keep in mind your willingness to do whatever it takes to survive the wilderness.  This means eating bugs and insets that you never thought you would ever eat.  When a person has the willingness to survive they will find themselves doing whatever they have to do to survive.  Push yourself to go above and beyond to ensure that you survive this experience.  Even if it means spooning your buddy to keep warm or eating nasty insects and bugs that you wouldn’t even wish on your worst enemy.  Your main mind set needs to be that you will literally do anything to survive and with that type of attitude you will find a better outcome.

Another great way to set your mind right when lost in the wilderness is to keep in mind inspirational thoughts.  Think about all of the stories that you have heard where people have survived the wilderness, what they had to do, and the joyous outcome of them being found safe and sound.  Keeping these happy thoughts in your mind will lead you to a better mind frame to continue surviving the wilderness until your rescue.  

You also need to think about your reasons to live and survive this experience.  Sometimes these thoughts will push a person to have a positive attitude towards getting out of the predicament they are placed in.  Think about the many people in your life that are important in your life, like your friends, spouse, parents, or children.  This in its self should be inspiration to press forward and making it out of the situation you are in.  It also gives a person the drive to move on and have it set it their head that they can overcome these obstacles and that you will do anything you need to do to make sure that you see these special people in your life after this ordeal is over.

It is very important that you have your mind prepared and in the right state of mind during any type of survival situation and can become the making and breaking of your survival in the wilderness.  With the proper techniques and mindset you are sure to find yourself out of the wilderness and back into the comforts of your own home through these helpful mental survival tips.      

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