You hope to never use that self-defense tactic that you learned last week. Or put into practice what you learned in that first aid class a while ago. But with a staggering 50,000 search and rescue missions each year, it must feel good to be prepared.
It’s a fact that each year thousands of people get lost in the woods, and being prepared before you go into the woods will surely make a difference in whether they made it or not.
Your knowledge in building shelter, staying hydrated and starting a fire almost other skill will keep you alive if you ever find yourself lost in the woods. Here are 11 tips that could help save your life if it does happen that go hand in hand with our other article 14 bushcraft survival skills you need to know.
1) First wilderness survival tip: How to tell a non-venomous bite from a venomous one.
Not all snake bites are the same but knowing which ones are dangerous can prevent panic attacks. Here are 3 ways to identify a venomous snake vs a non-venomous snake:
- Eyes: Non-poisonous snakes have round pupils but poisonous snakes have eyes with elongated pupils that look similar to cat pupils.
- Body scales: Non-poisonous snakes will have a double row of scales that seem to overlap each other while poisonous snakes will have a single row.
- Bite marks: Non-poisonous snakes will leave a double set of teeth marks while a poisonous snake bite will start with 2 distinctive holes.
2) Stuff your clothes with branches and grass to help stay warm.
Leaves, grass, and tiny branches act as insulation and can help you stay warm when the temperature drops in the evening.
3) Make a DIY leaf compass with water, a leaf, and a needle.
You’re probably aware that it’s easy to walk around in circles in a forest without realizing it. Help stay on course with a makeshift compass. Simply place a leaf in a glass of water. Then, magnetize the end of a pin or needle by rubbing it onto your clothes repeatedly for about a minute (or at least 100 times) and carefully place the threading needle atop the leaf. The magnetized end will point north.
If you spend a lot of time in nature, buying a compass is a good investment and they’re very affordable. Here’s a great compass from SharpSurvival:
4) Scrape plastic from a guitar pick to help start a fire quickly.
Playing guitar around a campfire is a camping ritual for many people. If you have guitar picks, they contain cellulose which burns easily and can help start a fire quickly.
5) To stop any bleeding, use a tampon.
Tampons are sterile which makes them perfect to help stop bleeding or use as a makeshift bandage.
6) Protect scratches from infection by applying ChapStick lip balm.
Being in the woods increases the chances of cuts getting infected. Help seal cuts and scrapes by applying lip balm.
Wilderness survival tips like these ones don’t replace common sense. Having a first aid kit ensures you have all the tools needed during an emergency.
7) Soothe insect bites with a dab of toothpaste.
Most toothpaste brands contain menthol which helps soothe insect bites and reduce itching. Toothpaste also contains anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce redness and swelling. This and other toothpaste hacks prove toothpaste does more than just clean teeth.
8) Burn herbs to help drive away mosquitoes, flies, and other insects.
Insect and even animals hate the smell of burning herbs. Throw some sprigs of thyme, mint, or lavender on a campfire to keep away mosquitos and other insects.
If you’ve ever spent an evening in the outdoors, you know how insects like mosquitoes and black flies can be relentless. Having a natural insect repellant like Repel can help keep insects away.
9) To help start a fire, light a wax crayon.
Wax crayons can be used as a candle and burn as much as 30 minutes! Because it contains combustible material, it can also be used to easily start a fire in combination with small dry branches and twigs.
10) Filter dirty water using a t-shirt.
Your body needs water to survive and getting fresh water, even a little in survival situations. All you need is two containers and a t-shirt or other clean fabric. Place the container of dirty water elevated above another container and place the t-shirt so that both ends are at the bottom of both buckets. You’ll start to get clean water within an hour but as a precaution, it’s best to boil it first.
11) And the last wilderness survival tip: Place dry branches in an egg carton to light a fire quickly.
If you have empty egg cartons or even a cardboard box, it will help start a fire even in windy conditions. Place dry twigs and branches in the egg carton before lighting it.
And that is it. read the original article over at brightside.me.