Going for a hunting trip or camping a few times with friends or family is not a wholesome guarantee that a person has the best outdoor survival tactics. On the other hand, neither does getting a few badges in the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. For those planning to visit the wilderness, here are some useful outdoor survival tactics to master.
1. Looking For Water
It’s a requirement to pack a lot of water when going for camping. However, there is always the chance that the water might run out. If that’s the case, the camper needs to know how to find water that’s safe for drinking. Ideally, there should be a map in the camping bag to allow the camper to find a water source nearby. If not, he/she should learn any of the following tricks.
First trick is dragging a cloth behind in the morning along the grass. That way, the cloth absorbs dew and water that can be squeezed out and utilized for various purposes. Of course, there are good chances that the water isn’t safe to drink. Keep in mind that even the streams or rivers that look clean might be riddled with numerous bacteria, parasites and viruses that can make anyone sick.
For purification purposes, it’s prudent for any camper to pack purification tablets. Another idea is packing a camping water filter. The camper should also consider boiling the water for at least 10 minutes before consumption to burn all the bacteria and viruses present. Finally, any camper should have the DIY tactics of making a water filter using charcoal and sand for the best results.
2. Looking For Shelter
A fully prepared camper should have a sleeping bag or tent. It’s likely that he/she might get caught or trapped in the wilderness without a tent. Looking for shelter is one of the most important tactics for surviving the outdoors that everyone should learn. The best way to find shelter is learning how to make one from anything in the surroundings. For instance, a prepared camper should learn how to make shelters from tarps, debris, frame and much more.
3. Making Fire
Of course, most parents teach their children not to play with fire. However, for a person looking to become an excellent camper, it’s important to learn how to start a fire regardless of the location or time. Most campers always bring their own matchboxes or lighters to make things easier. However, if the matches get soaked wet or if the lighter won’t turn on because of the terrible weather, it’s a good idea to find a way to make fire.
Keep in mind that the trick to getting a good fire going is using dry debris. On the other hand, a camper should find stones and try getting a spark going. Keep the fire burning by adding more debris and blowing some air onto it.
Surviving the outdoors can be challenging for people without the right idea how to do it. Hopefully, with these tactics, a good camper should be satisfied with good shelter, clean water and fire for keeping warm.