Survival tips

Learn how to recognize the directions

Finding your way in nature is an important skill to have and it will help you get back to camp or find your way towards civilization. While a map can certainly help to get out of the woods safely, there are also other ways to figure your path. When there is moss on the trees or on the rocks, it shows the north. Spider webs appear on the south side of the trees. If the sun is out, put a stick in the ground and mark the end of the shadow of the stick on the ground. Wait for a few minutes; the shadow will move. Now mark the end of the new position of the shadow. The line joining those two points will run east-west. I often use my walking sticks to test my skills and find my way back to camp.

Make sure you have a first aid kit with you when you go outdoors

In the wilderness, you can injure yourself in many ways, no matter how well-prepared you think you are. Mother Nature doesn’t give second chances and if you lack the proper first-aid items, you might not make it back home. A good first-aid kit is priceless when you injure yourself and there’s no one else around to take care of you. Having a wilderness survival kit is one thing, learning how to use it properly is another. First aid classes are important and everyone should be able to learn a thing or two about self-healing and self-help. You don’t have to be wilderness expert or a prepper to learn these things and it’s good knowledge to have. You never know when you may need to use the things you learn to save someone or even yourself.

Learn to treat animal bites

You may be attacked by an animal or get bitten by insects, so you need to be ready to treat the bites properly to survive. The first step is to tie a ligature around the limb, above the bite to restrict the blood from flowing from the wound into the other parts of your body. Once this is done, the next step is to wash the wound as thoroughly as possible. If you have soap, use soap and water to clean the wound. Make sure you call for help if you can’t handle the situation. A lot of people think it’s nothing and by the time they realize things have gotten worse, their health quickly declines.

Water filters are really important

No matter the scenario you find yourself in, water is essential in order to survive. It happens that sometimes you run out of water when you are outdoors. This is why it’s important to make sure you learn how to use a water filter or even how to make one to filter the water you manage to gather. The water that is found in nature may not be suitable for drinking, so you need to be able to boil it or use a proper water filter before drinking it. Water filters can be found online or in many shops and there are now models that are very small and lightweight. With the proper water filter, you can drink any water you find near you.

Willow barks are natural aspirins.

Chewing on the middle barks of a willow tree are known to have helped with sudden headaches or colds. Don’t try this if you know yourself to be allergic to aspirin. Remember, it’s always much better to know more than less of the best survival tips when you find yourself in the wilderness.

Dock leaves are instant antihistamines.

For those who get bitten by bugs, simply take the sap of these leaves and mix it with saliva. Apply the mixture to help relieve some of the discomfort while effectively preventing the bite or sting from getting worse.

Fight constipation with other kinds of tea.

On the other hand, the fleshy part of rose hips can be used to treat constipation. The outer shell, on the other hand, provides lots of vitamin C. You can also make tea out of dandelions. The plant is edible as well.

Fight intestinal infections with acorns!

These, along with oak bark are rich in butyric acid that combats the effects of diarrhoea, among other things. Additionally, you can make medicinal tea by brewing them in hot water. The tea alone will help you fight intestinal problems like dysentery and cholera. You can also use the tea to help treat mouth ulcers. This tip also applies to blackberry leaves. They have less butyric acid than acorns but they will help as well.

Learn about the medicinal properties of nature’s products around you.

Crab apples, for instance, have healing properties in their raw form. They possess astringents that can be rubbed across cuts and lacerations, causing the wounds to tighten and heal faster. Pine resin, on the other hand, are great antiseptics. They can be used topically on wounds or gargled to clean the mouth. They’re usually found in solidified form within the tree, but you have to melt them first before using. If found fresh and still gooey, you can apply the substance immediately.

Always have two signal mirrors.

Relying on one signal mirror isn’t a good idea because the sun always travels south. This means that a single mirror will not allow you to catch the attention of rescuers flying from the north. The second signal mirror will be essential to reflect the light you get from the south to reflect it into the northern direction. Simply hold one of the mirrors facing south and another facing north, making sure that the light bounces off both.