The Basics of Surviving in the Wilderness
Wilderness survival was at one point in time a part of everyday life. Even if you feel protected and safe in your cocoon of modern living it is still a good plan to have some of the survival skills that could keep you alive in a bad situation. Outdoor enthusiasts, sportsmen and backpackers have these skills because it is what they enjoy doing but for everyone else it should be a skill worth learning.
You might be asking what survival skills are. Survival skills involves the know-how and techniques that will help you survive in hazardous conditions or dangerous locations. These techniques could save your life should you find yourself in an extreme environment such as a jungle, desert, or mountains; or if you are in a bad storm or earthquake. You will want to at least know how to build a shelter, build a fire, pack a survival kit, and how to get clean drinking water. These are universal skills that could help you no matter what the situation or circumstance.These universal skills will be able to help you survive in any situation you find yourself in
Let us take a closer look at what you should do if you find yourself stuck or lost in an extreme or dangerous environment. The order of focus for the survival skills are based on the basic needs of human life and the situation itself. That being said, a shelter is usually the first task people need to take, this will protect you from harsh conditions. Shelter is a priority because it will get you out of the harsh conditions should it be intense sun, rain, or snow; you shelter could be a lean-to or could be constructed from the poncho that you have in your survival kit.
Getting clean drinking water is the next most important element to surviving a hazardous situation. You can collect water in a number of ways. You could gather water from a flowing stream or river or if you are in the desert you could use a condensation trap. You water should be brought to a boil before you drink it.
In order to bring you water to a boil you will need fire, this is an extremely helpful tool for survival. Fire is useful for drying your clothes, purifying your drinking water, and keeping away dangerous animals and insects; fire is good for warmth as well as protection. A fire will make your survival easier and more comfortable but a shelter is still more important in most situations.
If you are prepared or have the ability to plan, a survival kit and first aid kit will be essential. Personally I pack a survival book and a first aid kit in my survival bag, the first aid kit is the most important equipment and I see it as imperative to surviving in the wilderness. A first aid kit will help you tend to the injuries you might get in the wilderness, tending to these could save your life.