Wilderness survival preparation

Wilderness survival preparation is essential for all wilderness travelers. Hiking in Nepal, backpacking in Alaska or rafting the Yukon River all requires careful preparation and planning.

Always expect the unexpected

Follow the adage, "Prepare for the worse and hope for the best" and always try to avoid placing you, or your partner’s life or health in danger.

Pack the appropriate gear

What gear you take with you is largely a matter of personal taste and the type of wilderness trip you are taking, such as a day hike or a one week backpacking trip. However, please take your time to understand the type of equipment that is best suited to your needs.

Know your route well

Get a feel for the land even before you see it. Get a map of the area you are going to visit and take your time and study the map carefully. Gain as much knowledge of the terrain as possible. Need to refresh your wilderness navigation skills? No one should venture into the wilderness without the skills to use a map and a compass.

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Inform someone

Before heading out for a wilderness trip, inform someone about your route, destination and the time you can be expected back. Remember to call the person you informed when you return.

Check weather forecast

Harsh weather conditions can turn a wilderness travel into a tragedy. Check weather forecasts before heading out in the wilderness.

Snow and cold

Winter is a season of extremes, and if you are heading for the wilderness in the wintertime, do not forget to take special precautions. Be prepared and learn basic winter survival skills.

Keep practicing

Continue to read and learn more about wilderness survival preparation. Remember to keep practicing the survival skills you have learned. Take a wilderness survival training course.

Remember the 5 P's: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.

The best time to start preparing your wilderness trip is now, before you head for the trails! Make sure you have done the appropriate preparation.

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