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10 Things You Need To Come Out Of A Survival Situation Alive

If you’re like us at tentree and enjoy spending time in the outdoors, it’s absolutely imperative to brush up on your survival skills and knowledge.

If you’re like us at tentree and enjoy spending time in the outdoors, it’s absolutely imperative to brush up on your survival skills and knowledge. Chances are, you’ll eventually be faced with an unexpected situation that might put you in a tight spot. The better prepared you are, the more likely you’ll be able to pull through and head home in one piece. Remember, you don’t need to fear the wild, you just need to have a healthy respect for the power of Mother Nature.

1)  Planning Ahead

Before you head out, take a moment to let someone know where you are going. It only takes 2 minutes and this simple step could be one of the most important. Tell them where you plan to go, when you expect to get there, and when you will be back. Check in with them, if at all possible, along the way.

2)  Pack a Survival Kit

I cannot stress this enough. I know countless people that head out without a survival kit, but it’s so important! This doesn’t mean you need to go buy a fancy expensive one from the gear store. In fact, I think it’s much better if you make your own and pack it to suit your needs. There are plenty of online resources to help with this if you don’t know where to start. Just remember- always keep the kit small so that you will have no excuses but to throw it in your bag, it doesn’t need to take up that much space.

3)  First Aid

If you or a group member are injured, quickly address this first. If you don’t have a first aid kit on you, improvise. Stop any bleeding with extra clothing, make a quick splint out of a sturdy branch. No need to be fussy at this point. If you do have open wounds, try to keep them as clean and sterile as possible. Pain meds are a good thing to pack in your survival kit too.

4)  Fire

If you ever find yourself in a survival situation, starting a fire could arguably be the most important thing you do- especially if you live in a colder climate. Stop packing lighters, if they get wet it’s hard to get them lit and they can potentially run out of fuel. Instead, stick a flint and steel in your survival kit along with some waterproof matches.

5)  Shelter

If you have a fire going it would be an excellent idea to have the shelter as close as possible. If you have a tarp to curl up in, that would be the easiest thing to use. If not, consider a lean-to shelter or a quincy snow shelter depending on what kind of building materials you have available. Just remember- if you build a lean-to, keep it low to the ground so that it helps retain your body heat.

6)  Water

You can go about 3 days without water (less if you are in a hot climate or expending a lot of energy). So it’s important to have a plan in place about how you will be purifying any drinking water that you can scour for. I recommend having a tin or glass survival kit so that you can use the container for boiling water if need be, but also pack water purifying tablets. Once you become dehydrated, finding water will be all that you will think about, so it would be wise to start looking for some right away.

7)  Keep Dry

The most notorious no-nonsense quote from Les Stroud is “you sweat, you die.” So consider this as you are setting up your survival camp- if you notice that you are getting hot and sweaty, take off some layers. If you do end up getting wet, whether it be from sweat or water, be sure to dry out your clothing immediately. If not, your body heat will start to plummet. This can cause hypothermia even in the middle of summer.

8)  Stay Put and Signal

Many people panic when they realize that they are lost (it’s a scary feeling), however, the most dangerous thing you can do is continue on in hopes of finding your way back. The sooner you stop and stay put, the faster the search and rescue will be able to find you. Speaking of rescue, you are going to need to devise a plan to be spotted either from the ground or by air. Lay out any bright material you might have (a rain fly on your bag for example), spell HELP out of rock or logs, build a smoky fire or use a whistle to blast out SOS (3 sharp notes).

9)  Stay Positive

Your attitude is ultimately going to help decide your fate. You’ll likely be experiencing some pretty intense emotions, but try and keep things together. Keep yourself busy to take your mind off of things. Help any group members. Build a fire to help keep animals away if you’re afraid at night. It’s going to be the little things that help get you through.

10)  Practice, Practice, Practice

Before we find ourselves in a survival situation it’s a smart idea to practice your bush skills from time to time to help keep you prepared in an emergency. Learn how to build a fire in the pouring rain using a flint and steel, build a few different styles of emergency shelters, read up on your first aid, ect. You never know, it could help save your life one day.


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