How to survive in the wilderness
An understanding of the basic concepts of how to survive in the wilderness is important if you ever find yourself in an emergency situation in the wilderness.
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The will to survive
State of mind is an important factor in survival. Maintain a strong will to survive! From time to time, we can hear or read about remarkable wilderness survival stories. A common denominator for most of the survivors in these stories is a strong will to survive.
If you want to read an amazing survival story and learn how important a positive mental attitude is to survive an emergency situation, read this story.
In a wilderness survival situation you will be confronted with many problems that you need to overcome. There are
four basic needs for survival in the wilderness.
Sometimes, when faced with a survival situation, stress can impact the mind and affect decision making. Survival depends on your ability to withstand stress and to take
8 Basic Wilderness Survival Skills
To learn how to survive in the wilderness, it is necessary to develop certain skills. On this web page you will learn 8 basic wilderness skills:
- Building a shelter.
- Making a fire.
- Finding water.
- Finding food in the wild.
- Signaling for help.
- Basic wilderness first aid.
- Predicting the weather.
Wilderness survival training
I recommend you practice these skills, because just reading is not enough. When going into the wilderness, it is your responsibility to have the proper knowledge and skills.
If you have the opportunity to participate in a course at an outdoor or wilderness survival school, I highly recommend it. To see some suggestions for courses and schools, click here.
Wilderness survival skills homepage
A wilderness survival course
will provide you with the practical experience necessary to handle many kinds of problems that could arise in the wilderness.
It's essential that you have some basic principles of wilderness first aid
and know how to apply them, even under stress.
Building a survival shelter
is an absolute priority if you face a survival situation in harsh or unpredictable weather.
Selecting appropriate gear
is important to have a safe wilderness trip.
A "pocket survival kit"
should be small enough to easily fit into a shirt or a coat pocket.
The Wilderness Survival Blog
keeps you up-to-date with all additions and changes to this web site.