Having a set of good survival skills at your disposal is not just considered beneficial, it is considered essential in some circles, and rightfully so. If you ever find yourself out in the wilderness, whether camping locally, out in the countryside, or perhaps somewhere a little more extreme, it is imperative that you know that you could potentially encounter danger at any time, and potentially find yourself in situations where good survival skills would be essential. Whilst it’s not exactly likely that you will find yourself stranded on a mountain, lost in the wilderness with few tools at your disposal, you never know. Besides which, good survival skills can also be implemented as part of a basic camping trip, a hike, or any other outdoor excursion, plus, there’s the added bonus that honing these skills will help you to show off and impress your friends. Here are three good survival skills that you should master.
Find an Ideal Campsite
Even if you aren’t stranded and you do plan on camping, knowing how to find the perfect campsite is extremely useful and beneficial, for a number of different reasons. Make sure your site is located on higher ground, and a fair distance away from water. Camping next to a riverbed for example, may seem like a good idea, but that river could flood quickly in extreme weather, ruining your campsite, and potentially causing more serious damage. Inspect the area and ensure there are no signs of dangerous animals or wildlife nearby. Look above you as well as below, as falling rocks and branches could also be an issue.
Know How to Start a Fire
The smart Alec’s amongst you will probably be talking about bring lighters and matches, and whilst lighters and matches are indeed very handy, you should still know how to start a fire without them, as you aren’t always guaranteed to have them at your disposal. You can try using slate and flint to create sparks, you can try the drill and bow method, or, if you have a battery, you can connect positive and negative terminals to foil, with wire, which will then create a spark that can be used to ignite tinder. You should have small dry twigs ready to pile onto the tinder, and you should then get larger and larger pieces of wood until your fire is going. Fire is crucial for any survival situation, so make it a priority.
Source Clean Water
Water is vital in any survival situation as the human body can go weeks without food, but only days without water. If you find water in the wild however, don’t drink it right away. If the water has been stagnant for a while, it will need to be boiled extensively to kill pathogens and bacteria. Rain water however, can be drunk fresh, so if it does rain, make sure you collect as much as possible. Morning dew is also safe to be drunk as it is, and it can be harvested using items of clothing which will then be wrung out into water storage vessels.