Sometimes getting outdoors can come with a cost. Something as little as a small slip could leave you stranded and or lost. For many people, getting stuck in the outdoors is the end of them, why? Because they lack the necessary survival skills to stay alive. The truth is, it doesn’t take much, even a little bit of knowledge about the outdoors can mean the difference between life, and death.
If you want to learn more about how to dominate the wild. This is the blog for you. We’ve compiled a short list of the most influential survival skills we could find, plus, you know, there’s videos. Doesn’t get much easier than that. We’ve broken everything down into three sections:
#1 – Water
There are many things you need for survival, but the most important is water. Without food, a healthy human can live for around 3 weeks, but without water, your life span drops to only 1 week. So how do you find it?
#2 – Food
Ok, so you’ve found water, and you’ve just bought yourself another 2 weeks of life. Now how do you find food? There are a number of ways that you can go about this and the good news is that you’ve likely heard of them. You can try to forage for food, but that only works if you know your plants really well. The next best options are to hunt and trap. Assuming you left your hunting gear at home, lets talk about traps.
If you know what you’re doing, traps can be a great way to conserve your energy, but still get some food. The only things you’ll need are some cordage or rope, a few sticks, and a sharp object. This is one of the reasons it can be so important to have the right gear with you while exploring. But what if you don’t have rope? No problem, just watch this video:
Rope? Check. Now onto the traps. There are many effective traps you can make, some are actually very simple to craft. We’ve found the following video to teach you a few of them, but one tip we’d like to offer you is to keep your mind open. Every survival situation is unique, you may find that you do not have the necessary items needed for these traps, that’s ok. Take these principles, and you may be able to design a trap of your own!
#3 – Shelter
Alright, congratulations, you can now survive, but not very comfortably. The final step to survival is shelter. Having a good shelter is imperative to your health. It’s important to protect yourself from the elements, as well as any passing by animals. When it comes to shelter, it only takes a little to mean a lot.
When building your shelter, you need only ask yourself a few questions:
Will this keep me dry?
Will this keep me warm?
Will this protect me from animals/insects?
By searching YouTube, you can find a large variety of shelter ideas and tutorials. As said before, each survival situation is different, so it stands to reason that there is not a one size fits all shelter. The most common building materials are rocks, and wood. Remember, this is survival, your shelter doesn’t need to look great, it just needs to answer the questions above.