Even the best wilderness survival tips are not very useful in a real-life survival situation! Most assume that you have certain items with you. For instance, a common tip that I’ve found is to use crayons as candles in an emergency. While this is a great tip, who has a box of crayons with them while hiking, let alone something to light them with?
Chances are that if you are in a survival situation, the only thing that you will have with you is what you are wearing and if you’re lucky, what you brought along in your backpack. Below we listed 9 of the best wilderness survival tips that could actually help save your life.
1. Always Pack an Emergency Survival Kit
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Even if you’re only planning on taking a short day hike, it’s a good idea to make it a point to pack a small survival kit. You would be surprised how many life-saving items that will fit into a small Altoids tin. Obviously, if you plan on spending more than a day in the wilderness, you’ll want to pack a more extensive emergency kit.
2. Use Pine Needles for Repelling Mosquitos
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If you find yourself stranded for the night out in the woods, having to deal with pesky mosquitoes can make for a really long night. If you brought insect repellent, good for you. If not, you can round up some pine needles and rub them all over your clothes. You can also burn them in your fire for even more protection.
3. Use Heated Rocks to Dry Your Boots
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If you want to survive the outdoors, you need to keep your hiking boots dry! There is a good chance that you’re going to have to walk some distance and a pair of wet boots can wreak havoc on your feet.
While drying your boots next to your campfire is a good idea, you can speed up the drying process by heating a couple of small stones in your fire and placing them inside your boots. This will help them dry on the inside while they are drying on the outside.
4. Use Doritos as a Fire Starter
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Did you know that you can use Doritos as kindling to help get a fire started? I honestly didn’t believe it when I first heard about it, so I tried it out for myself and sure enough, it worked!
If you don’t like Doritos, no problem! Most all chips will work. It’s actually the grease in them that ignites. So, even if you are a health junkie, you may just want to pack some Doritos or another type of chip before your next hike.
5. Use Your Socks for Filtering Water
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Besides keeping your feet warm and dry, your socks can assist you in several ways when it comes to surviving in the wilderness. First, they can be used to filter drinking water. Second, assuming they are dry, you can pick the lint from them and use as kindling to start a fire.
6. Make Sure to Always Pack Duck Tape
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Whether I’m just going on a short day hike, or plan on spending several days out in the woods, the one thing that I always make sure to have is duck tape. Aside from a knife and matches, duck tape is probably the most versatile survival item on this list. You can use it for bandages, tying sticks together to make a shelter, make weapons, and even use for starting a fire.
7. Avoid The Television for Survival Tips
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Don’t listen to everything you hear on television!. The truth is that most t.v. shows are filled with information that could flat out kill you. For instance, if you find yourself stranded in the wilderness, the first thing that you should do is find shelter and not look for food as a lot of t.v. shows would have you believe. The human body can actually survive without food for up to six weeks. Finding shelter and water should be your first priorities in a survival situation.
8. Use Coals From Your Campfire for Signaling
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If you packed a stick of chalk in your survival kit, then congratulations. You’re ahead of the game! However, all is not lost if you didn’t. As long as you can make a fire, you will have something to write with. You can use the cooled off coals to write on trees, rocks and anything else that you think might alert someone to where you are.
You can also use the coals to help filter dirty water for drinking.
9. Use an Empty Water Bottle for Filtering Water
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There are several uses for an empty bottle, but using it to filter drinking water is the best choice in a survival situation. It’s fairly simple too! All you have to do is cut a hole in the bottom and stuff it with a piece of cloth, mashed up coals from your campfire, some small rocks, and bingo! You now have a homemade water filter that can provide you with clean drinking water in an emergency.
If possible, it’s still a good idea to boil the water for at least 1 minute to ensure that all bacteria is killed.
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Preparation is everything when it comes to planning a trip into the great outdoors. However, if the shit ever does hit the fan and you find yourself stranded with no help in sight, these nine survival tips might actually just save your life.