Surviving the Wilderness
Surviving in the wilderness use to be part of everyday life. Having an understanding and knowledge of survival skills is smart for anyone living in their modern cocoon, even though they may feel protected and safe. These skill sets are not only for backpackers, sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts, although those are now the only people with such skills.
At this point you might be wondering what exactly are survival skills. These are the techniques and know-how that could keep you alive in dangerous locations or hazardous conditions. 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. Some of the skills you should learn include how to build a shelter, how to pack a survival kit, how to gain clean drinking water, and how to build a fire. These skills will help you no matter what the situation is whether it is winter survival, or survival in the desert, forest or mountain.
The next couple of paragraphs will look at these survival skills and give you a better understanding what each skill entails. The order of focus for the survival skills are based on the basic needs of human life and the situation itself. To protect yourself from the harsh conditions you will want to build a shelter as your first task. 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.
The next important thing to surviving in the wilderness is getting drinking water. This can be done in a number of ways. In the desert you can use condensation traps while in the jungle you could find water in the vines of trees or you could find a stream or river. Before any water should be considered drinkable you should bring it to a boil first.
The next survival skill we will look at is building a fire, you will not be able to boil your water unless you first build fire. 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.
Next we will look at a first aid kit. I suggest every survival bag should have a survival guide and a first aid kit. A first aid kit will help you tend to the injuries you might get in the wilderness, tending to these could save your life.