OK, so the apocalypse might seem farfetched, but a natural disaster is far likelier to happen. War could break out overnight. You could wake up tomorrow morning to see wildfires on the horizon, or a tornado warning ringing in the air. Do you think you would survive? What would it take to make you ready for a catastrophic event?
Would you survive in the wilderness?
Answer these questions to find out if you would survive in the wilderness or not? Don’t panic, we will give you tips that will help improve your chances along the way.
Q1. Are you ready to leave quickly?
Imagine this scenario: You wake up to someone hammering your door in the night. There is a toxic gas cloud passing overhead and authorities are evacuating. You have minutes, not hours, to leave. What do you grab?
The only way you pass this is if your answer was your bug out bag. Your bug out bag, or BOB, is an essential first step to survival in any situation. It should contain everything you need to live outside of your home for a couple of days. You want fire making tools, basic first aid supplies, water, rations, clothing, and a mask. Use a bug out bag checklist to prepare it properly.
Q2. Can you build a fire?
Imagine this scenario: You become lost in the forest. You went camping and became separated. You wandered for hours. You are hungry, thirsty, and it is getting dark. You found water, but you don’t know if it is clean or not. Boiling it is the obvious answer. Can you build a fire to save your life?
Being prepared means carrying fire making tools at all times. It could be a cigarette lighter, or it could be a flint and steel necklace. You can even start a fire with your glasses if the sun is strong enough. If you answered no to this question, you might not have made it through the night. Fire keeps predators away, especially in the American mountains.
Q3. Can you build a shelter?
Imagine this scenario: You are hiking through dense forest and the weather turns on you. Exposure to the elements makes your core temperature immediately drop to dangerous levels. You need to get out of the wind, rain, and cold as soon as possible. Otherwise, you risk hypothermia. Can you build a temporary shelter to block out the wind or rain?
Building a shelter can save your life. It prevents exposure to the elements and could even allow you to start a fire in the right conditions. Shelter building is easy when you know how. This article will help.
Bonus round – Water Purification
We can survive without food better than we can survive without water. Can you purify it to be clean enough to drink? You can purify water without fire if you have a filtration system and activated charcoal. Learning how to do both on your own could keep you alive out there. Learn to purify water and the whole wilderness belongs to you.
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