As you’ve probably noticed, outdoor survival shows are currently very much in fashion, as you seemingly can’t switch on your TV, without coming across some kind of TV show, based upon camping survival skills. For many of us, the thought of being lost in the wilderness may be an unrealistic one, especially if you don’t have that much of an interest in the great outdoors, but even so, as the saying goes ‘failure to prepare is preparing to fail’. If you are interested in camping and outdoor activities however, the likelihood of you finding yourself stranded in the wild is increased pretty exponentially. To help provide you with the best possible chances of surviving if you were to find yourself in this situation, take a look at these 4 simple camping survival skills to master, and who knows, one day, they may even save your life.
Starting a Fire without Matches
OK, now before anybody tries being clever, we should also state the fact that starting a fire without matches, AND a lighter, should also be at the top of your list of priorities. If you find yourself lost in the wild, or even if you just feel like a challenge for your next camping trip, try to master the art of starting a fire using natural materials, and no, matches and lighters are not natural. Begin by finding dry wood, stack it in a dry spot ranging in size from small twigs, through to large logs. Next, take the time to find some kindling and tinder. Dry hay, tiny twigs, and even old fabric lint can be used. Your next job is to start the fire. You could try the bow and drill method, you could try using a battery and foil, or you may even wish to use a piece of glass or a mirror to magnify the sun. Once you have an ember, place it inside your tinder nest, gently blow it until it catches fire, and then feed it with tiny twigs, getting bigger and bigger.
Find Clean Water
If you are lost in the wild, finding clean drinking water is essential. Even if the water looks clean however, you should still boil it to ensure you destroy any germs of toxins. Try climbing a tree or getting to high ground, and seeing whether or not you can find a stream or river.
Remember, if you are lost in the wild, you aren’t guaranteed to have a tent with you, so you may need to build yourself some shelter. Shelter will help keep you warm and it will help protect you from potential predators and animals in general. Use strong and sturdy wood, bind it together using strong vines and any other materials you can find, and don’t forget to finish off the roof with plenty of leaves to help protect you from the rain.
If you anticipate the possibility of finding yourself lost in the wild, first aid training before you embark on your trip is essential. You should carry a first aid kit with you at all times, and you should learn the basics so that you can treat yourself, or others, if injury does occur.