SURVIVAL TIPS FOR CAMPING
There are inherent risks that come with camping trips, especially if you will be out in the middle of nowhere rather than in a campsite. Accidents can take place, and you could be stranded in the wild, away from civilization. To be prepared for such an event, there are five survival tips that you need to learn before your next camping trip.
HOW TO FIND WATER
You need to know how to find water because whatever you bring along will not last forever. There are a number of ways to do this. First of all: always head downhill, specifically into valleys and between hills. You’ll most likely find something, such as a small stream. In muddy or damp areas, you can also dig for water. It will require filtering or boiling, but that’s what you should always be done with water that you collect from the wilderness.
Finally, you can also build a solar still. This can be accomplished by digging a hole about 50 cm wide and deep into the ground. Fill it with unfiltered water. Place a cup in the center of the hole and surround it with vegetation. Then, place a cover over the hole, secure it on the sides, and weigh down its center with a rock. Over the course of the day, clean water will evaporate and drip down into the cup.
HOW TO BUILD A FIRE
You need to learn how to build a fire without the aid of matches, lighters, or any similar device. This is not easy. Do you really believe that you could rub sticks together to create a fire right now? If not, then you need to get more practice.
The most effective method that you can employ is the bow drill method. You’ll simply need a board of wood, a spindle, a stick, and some string.
HOW TO APPLY BASIC FIRST AID
No need to become a medical expert, but you better learn basic first aid skills such as applying a tourniquet, treating open wounds, and securing a fractured limb. Even the smallest of injuries, such as a cut or scrape on the knee, needs to be treated with the strictest of attention to prevent any infection.
This means that if you sustain a small scrape of some kind, you need to immediately cover up the wound with whatever you have. In the case of a fracture, you’ll need to build splints out of sticks and shoelaces and keep the limb elevated while keeping the injured person properly hydrated.
HOW TO BUILD A BASIC SHELTER
How good are your shelter building skills? People often think that shelters need to keep people warm. But this isn’t true at all. Fires are supposed to keep you warm. The purpose of a survival shelter is simply to protect you from outside elements.
A simple lean-to shelter would suffice. Secure a pole between two trees and lean more poles to one side (against the wind). To build an A-frame, you would lay poles on the other side as well. Place leaves and grass in between the gaps in the poles for better insulation, and build bedding out of leaves and grass. Just like that, you’ll have a workable shelter.
Survival doesn’t mean living out in the wilderness, it means staying alive as you seek to get out as fast as you can. This is exactly why you need to learn how to navigate without the aid of a compass, map, or GPS.
Assuming that you have zero sense of direction, follow running water downstream. Indeed, just like when you try to find water. Then, follow that stream of water downstream to another stream, and then to another stream, and so on. Gradually, you should notice the streams getting bigger until they eventually turn into rivers. This method doesn’t guarantee that you will find civilization overnight, but it does greatly increase the odds of you getting out of the wilderness eventually.
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