Camping in the wilderness can be a little too unpredictable.
It is difficult to be prepared for such a situation, right? However, adequate precautions can be taken to make sure that you are ready for the worst situations on your next camping trip. Most tips mentioned below are pretty apparent for expert campers, and if you follow them heartily, then you will also become an expert soon.
Most people go on camping trips in the wilderness because of the adventure associated with it. However, you may also fall in a survival situation that you don’t know how to get out of. In this article, I have tried to incorporate practical survival tips for beginner campers to keep them safe.
1. What is a survival situation?
A dangerous situation that is somewhat life-threatening is known as a survival situation. Adventure activities are adrenaline-boosting because they revolve around different survival situations.
Read ahead to learn about some tips that will keep you safe in survival situations:
You may come across many camping gear guides on the internet; however, not everything that is mentioned is essential for every camping trip. You must keep in mind the following:
- It is better to keep a conventional compass in your kit than relying on your mobile phone
- The knives for camping differ significantly from the knives that we use in kitchens
- Packing light is preferable because camping involves lots of walking and hiking
- High-quality equipment (tents, compass, and knives, etc. should be your first choice to make sure that they don’t stop working when the need arises
Be it a harsh weather condition, face-off with a wild animal or lookout for food supplies; you can tackle any survival situation if you have the equipment. So, purchase the right items required for the trip. The following are some essential ones for your kit:
- Camping knives or hunting knives
- Some extra food and water supplies
- A sleeping pad
- A waterproof backpack and a pair of water-resistant shoes
- An extra pair of clothes and socks
- Some fire supplies
- A compass and a first-aid kit
2. What to do if your water supplies run out?
Do you know how to filter water in the wild? Water is a necessity, and if you stay thirsty for long hours, then all your energy will be depleted in a couple of hours. If your water supplies get exhausted, then the following are the ways to quench your thirst:
- You can drink rainwater collected in a clean tarp
- Transpired water from a non-poisonous plant is also a good source
- You can filter the available water (a pond or a river) by passing it through gravel and boiling it to remove bacteria and other impurities
- You can also use solar filtration method. It can only be used to remove bacteria from the water. The technique is simple, i.e. fill a plastic bottle with water and leave it under the sun for a few hours. The UV rays will kill all the bacteria, and then, the water will be safe to drink.
Although the above methods are straightforward, you must keep enough water supplies in your kit and know the map of the area, where clean water is available.
3. How to tackle the harsh weather conditions?
I have seen many people sharing their camping experienced, where they were exposed to harsh weather conditions and had no way to protect themselves. Situations like heavy rainfall, extreme heat during the day or icy winds at night are some typical examples. Survival is challenging in such conditions, especially if you are not prepared for it. To tackle situations like these, firstly, all your equipment and gear should be water-resistant or at least kept inside a water-resistant bag, secondly, you must have enough fire supplies which will help you build a campfire anytime, anywhere and lastly, you should be well hydrated and adequately covered to make sure that you don’t get sunburns or rashes due to extreme heat.
4. Getting lost in the wilderness
Getting lost in the wilderness is one of the most common survival situations that campers experience. Your food, water, and fire supplies may exhaust, you may not be able to return on time, or you may come face-to-face with a wild animal. Situations like these and many other severe ones can happen if you get lost in the jungles. A conventional compass and a map of the area in your kit bag will help you prevent this precisely. Always follow the map, and in case you lose your way, then use the compass to get back on track.
5. Having a face-off with a fierce animal
What would you do if you come face-to-face with a fierce animal on your camping trip? Having a hunting knife or handgun by your side will help you save yourself. Running from them is not an option because they can outrun you easily, so do not try that. You can also prevent such a situation entirely by researching about campsites which are safer, yet adventurous. There is no easy way to get out from such a situation, so it is better to avoid it. Stay on track, and hide if you see a wild animal on your way.