Learning how to survive in the wilderness isn’t a waste of time and it’s a skill that everyone must develop especially those people who spend lots of their time outdoors. Regardless of outdoor activities that one participates in whether it is hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, backpacking or hiking one must have a wilderness survival guide to have basic skills to handle emergency situations. A guide increases awareness and determines one’s reaction to danger. Mental and physical preparation increases the ability to decide, improvise, think calmly and remain calm as well.
Fear is a reaction that’s normal and is followed by pain, thirst, cold, boredom, loneliness, fatigue and hunger. These are enemies that shouldn’t be allowed to interfere with survival instincts. Fire building must be done on rocky or sandy areas near sand and water supplies to avoid fires. Sparks can be created using waterproof matches, cigarette lighters; flint and steel methods; electric battery spark and most importantly tinder and oxygen are also necessities. Shelters include natural shelters like overhanging cliffs and caves. Shelters should be built in areas that can provide building materials, a water source and wind shelter. Clothing should provide element protection and warmth.
A hat is a must have and equipment must be easy to manage and essential in promoting survival in all manner of situations. Necessary equipments include trail food, smaller first aid kit, compass, goggles, pocket knife, lighter, fire starter and waterproof matches. A comfortable backpack is compulsory. It must carry items such as sun protection e.g. sunglasses, long sleeved clothing, sunscreen, a whistle, extra food and water, extra jacket, socks, mittens, a tent, pocket saw, camp stove, a flashlight and extra batteries. Before venturing on a trip, one must check hazards and weather forecast. Most of all preparation and a positive attitude make all the difference.