10 Wilderness Survival Tips That Could Save Your Life

Finding True North

Taking the time to learn such things as self defense and first aid is important when it comes to being better prepared. The same goes for if you spend any time in the outdoors, being prepared for any emergency with wilderness survival tips is just as important.

There are literally thousands of people every year that head out for a day’s hike only to end up getting lost or injured. Taking the time now to understand some wilderness survival tips could be the difference between life and death.

During this survival guide we are going to be looking at 10 wilderness survival tips that could just save your life.

1. Learn to Make a Birch Bark Torch

You can make a pretty effective torch using nothing more than a stick, a little cordage, and some birch tree bark. If you weren’t planning on being out for too long, you may not of packed a flashlight but if you get lost, you will need a means of light. Just grab a large piece of bark from a birch tree and roll it up tightly, tying it off with a bit of cordage. Insert a stick/handle into the bark wrap and light it up.

2. Learn to Snare Small Game

Snares do the hunting for you giving you time to go and deal with other tasks such as setting up your shelter. There are many different kinds of traps and snares that you can learn and knowing where to place them is essential. The simplest snare to make is a simple loop on the end of some wire. Wind one end of your wire around a twig a couple of times, then twist the twig like a propeller, which will twist the end of the wire closed. Remove the twig to reveal an eye that you use to make the noose. Place these snares over burrows and in small-game trails, or attach them to spring pole snares for a more secure snare line.

3. Learn to Use Charcoal From Your Fire to Make Water Palatable

Get into the habit of saving the charcoal from your campfire to help remedy bad tasting water that you have collected. Just add a little of the charcoal to the water as you boil it.

4. Learn to Keep Warm With Leaves

Keeping warm is a top priority when you find yourself lost in the wilderness. Dry leaves and grasses are great for insulation and can easily be stuffed down into your jacket. Just make sure that whatever you use is completely dry or it won’t be effective.

5. Learn to Identify Edible Plants

You are going to need energy and without food in your rucksack, you are going to need the knowledge of identifying edible plants. Some of these plants can be very dangerous and even poisonous if consumed. There is no definite way of telling whether a plant or fruit is toxic or not just by looking at it. Get your head in some books now so you know what is edible for your locality.

6. Learn to Collect Water

One simple way of collecting water (if you can’t find lakes, streams, etc) is to trap water from the trees. Look for a thick green tree with a lot of branches. Early in the morning, tie a plastic bag over a branch that has a bunch of leaves. You tie it so that the leaves are completely covered with the plastic bag. The bag will collect any water escaping from the leaves throughout the day which you can collect after sunset. You can collect this water after sunset.

7. Learn to Filter Water with a T-Shirt

All you need is two containers and some clean fabric. If you have nothing else, you can use your t-shirt. Just place the dirty water into one container which is elevated above the second container. Take your t-shirt or other material and place one end in the bottom of the dirty water with the other end at the bottom of the second container. You’ll start to get clean water within an hour but as a precaution, it’s best to boil it first.

8. Use Lip Balm to Protect Against Infection

Being in the woods increases the chances of cuts getting infected. Help seal cuts and scrapes by applying lip balm.

9. Start a Fire with Your Guitar Pick

If you are one if those that likes to play guitar around the campfire, you can use the guitar pick to easily start a fire. These contain cellulose which burns easily. Just use your knife to scrape plastic from the pick and light it up.

10. Learn to Make Your Own Compass

With just a leaf, a needle, and a little water you can create your own compass. Simply place a leaf in a small container of water. Then, magnetize the end of a pin or needle by rubbing it onto your clothes repeatedly for about a minute  and place it atop the leaf. The magnetized end will point north.

I hope none of our readers ever have to use these wilderness survival tips (except during practice) but knowledge is power, even in the woods. Please share these helpful wilderness survival tips with your friends and family.

Bonus tip: Learn to Cook Bacon and Eggs in a Paper Bag 

   

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