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.


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.


Basic needs

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.


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Basic rules

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 appropriate actions.


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:

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- Building a shelter.
- Making a fire.
- Finding water.
- Finding food in the wild.
- Signaling for help.
- Navigation.
- 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.




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survival training
A wilderness survival course will provide you with the practical experience necessary to handle many kinds of problems that could arise in the wilderness.

first aid
It's essential that you have some basic principles of wilderness first aid and know how to apply them, even under stress.

survival shelter
Building a survival shelter is an absolute priority if you face a survival situation in harsh or unpredictable weather.
wilderness-survival-gear

Selecting appropriate gear is important to have a safe wilderness trip.

pocket-survival-kit
A "pocket survival kit" should be small enough to easily fit into a shirt or a coat pocket.

wilderness-survival-blog
The Wilderness Survival Blog keeps you up-to-date with all additions and changes to this web site.

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