Wilderness survival has become part of the social consciousness recently, whether the impetus is a feeling of impending doom or a morbid fascination with a zombie apocalypse the facts remains people are interested. Wilderness survival doesn’t have to be a total mystery especially when you recognize that even your pet dog would survive in all but the most harsh wilderness situations. Below you will find seven tips to help in a survival situation.
1.Know The Rules of Three:
The “rules of three”can help even the most novice survivalist recognize the priority spectrum of survival. After three minutes without oxygen a person will most likely die. Without shelter in a harsh environment about three hours is the point at which life functions will cease. The human body can go three days without water. It will generally take three weeks to die without food. Once a survivalist understands the “rules of three” it becomes much easier to organize tasks to remain alive.
2. Understand The Importance of Cordage:
Cordage is rope or string of any size and dimension. With cordage you can lash together branches for a shelter or build a weapon. In the U.S. Army Special Operations Survival school they spend days learning to make cordage from the objects found in the environment. Cordage takes time to make and there seems never to be enough, that is why most survival bands and reminder bands are made from 550 lbs test cordage. Cordage can mean the difference between a bow for making fire and just rubbing sticks together. Cordage can be used for fishing line or if you have enough using a fishing net. If you have cordage you are limited only by your imagination
3. Learn to Find Water:
Water is the king daddy of all required resources. Water can be as easy to find as bending over and drinking snow run off or it could take a huge investment of time like in a solar sill in an arid environment. The environment mostly dictates the how and where to get water, but be sure to familiarize yourself with a few ways you could get water from the area you are venturing into. Once you find water you will need to be able transport it, you can make something as primitive as wood containers or animal bladders, but if you think ahead you can pack high quality plastic bags that weight almost nothing and carry easily.
4. Survival is a Marathon Not a Sprint:
Survival is a war of attrition you need to stay calm and often times wait it out. Whether you are waiting for rescue or you are inching your way across the countryside, undue haste makes waste. Working at an extremely high energy level will serve only to waste excessive energy and create a higher need for food and water. Survival is often about being efficient with limited resources and if you use all your resources running at high speed or fighting river rapids you will quickly drain those resources.
5. Go Ugly Early:
Food doesn’t seem to be really important for a short survival period but, without food your energy will be very low. People tend to get lazy when they have low energy and then they make mistakes. If you are in a survival situation you will need food for sustained survival operations so start identifying edible food early. A food aversion will stop someone from eating the easy foods like grubs and termites but if you wait to long by the time you are willing to eat those things you may lack the energy to get them. Going ugly early means starting as soon as you recognize you are in a survival situation to procure food and getting over your food aversions.
6. Stay Healthy:
This tip sounds pretty obvious but often in a survival situation people take chances that are totally unnecessary. Staying healthy means if you can ‘t identify that it is safe don’t eat it. Look before you leap, if you can’t see because of low visibility or it is at night don’t move quickly or at all. The individual is the best gauge of what is dangerous and what is not, if it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, then don’t do it. Understand you limitations and stay well below them.
7. Have The Tools To Make Fire:
If you have ever made a fire by rubbing two sticks together then you understand how difficult and time consuming it can be. Fire can be a huge benefit in a survival situation, from cooking rancid meat to picking up your spirits and warming you on a cold day. With fire there is a chance for signaling a rescue or boiling water to drink. Having the tools to make fire take up almost no space and the benefit is tremendous, anytime you leave your house into the wilderness you should have fire making equipment.
The above tips are simple enough and if you stick to them you should have no problem in the impending zombie apocalypse.