How To Survive In The Wild – Life is full of surprises; unfortunately, not all of them are pleasant, and some of them can be outright dangerous. A camping trip went wrong or a car that’s broken down in the middle of nowhere, and you’re left stranded in the wilderness to fend for yourself… So, the first rule to follow if you want to survive in the wild is to find a power outlet and WiFi. Just kidding!
Using spit for fishing. Of course, most wilderness survival tips depend on the area you’ve found yourself trapped in. However, you’ll be able to find a water source almost anywhere. And if you’re prepared, water equals food… and drink, of course!
I know, you’re probably shouting at the screen right now, “Kinda hard to be prepared when you didn’t plan to get stranded far away from civilization!” But in any case, knowledge is power. If you see a lake or river but are on the verge of tears because you don’t have any fishing gear, there’s no need to regret leaving your bait and pole at home.
All you need is the shirt on your back and the saliva in your mouth, and you’re good to go! Tie the shirttails and the sleeves together so that you get something resembling a bag. Then, walk into the water (try to be quiet so you don’t scare off your potential dinner). Place the top of your shirt right under the surface of the water as you would with a fishing net, and spit.
It’s an effective way to attract small fish and minnows because they think you’re scattering food for them. When they start gathering around in front of you, yank the shirt up and out of the water. You can either cook your prey right then and there or use it to attract bigger fish.
How To Survive In The Wild
Making a fishing bobber out of a tampon. This is an absolute “must” even if you’re a dude! These female hygiene products take up little space in your backpack but have so many survival uses. They can provide you with 4 types of material: an airtight wrapper, cotton wadding, a string, and a plastic tube.
I know, guys, they’re kinda weird and scary-looking, but if you’re going on a camping trip, throw some in your bag. Nobody’s judging! The wrapper will make the perfect DIY fishing bobber. Just open it carefully at one end, pull the tampon out, and close the wrapper leaving a bubble of air inside.
You can also add some cotton in there, that way it’ll definitely float. Now don’t go throwing away the rest of the contents when you use the wrapper to make a bobber. Don’t forget that you can stuff the plastic tube with cotton to make a water filter. As for the cotton itself, besides for water filtration, it’s got some other handy uses. Being absorbent, it can serve as gauze if you’ve accidentally cut yourself. Plus, cotton makes the perfect tinder if you need to start a fire.
Starting a fire with the help of a condom I know, I know. I can hear you from here, “Start a fire using cotton from a tampon? How can I even light the cotton up if I don’t have a lighter or matches?” Once again, no need to panic. Unless you’re a smoker, you don’t carry matches or a lighter with you everywhere you go.
But perhaps you’ve got some condoms lying around? One would be enough. Then, fill the condom with water from a nearby lake or river, a bottle of water or even collected rainwater. After that, hold the water-filled condom over the tinder and wait. The sunlight coming through the condom water balloon will gather in one spot, and as soon as this point gets hot enough, you’ll see some smoke and then… a flame.
How To Survive In The Wild
Pringles, Cheetos, and noodles to start a fire. Okay, so let’s say you’re stranded in a place that has nothing to use for tinder, and you decided not to take our advice about the tampons. Well, surely you brought some chips to snack on? Pringles, Cheetos, and Lays are a great substitute for dry leaves. The same goes for spaghetti noodles, but they have one more cool use. If a candle wick is too short to reach with a match, light it with a noodle instead!
Fighting off hypothermia using bubble wrap. Everyone knows the feeling of enjoyment and pure bliss that comes with popping bubble wrap. Not only is it fun, but it’s also just so soothing! Anyway, if you love this stuff as much as I do, don’t forget to pack it next time you go camping. It could just save your life, that’s all.
The pockets of air in the packaging can act as a sort of insulation. Think of it this way: the plastic “shield” will bounce back your body heat and keep you warm. One study published in 2009 by the Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine proved that just one layer of bubble wrap was over 70 percent more effective than three cotton blankets.
And bubble wrap turns out to be a much better choice in windy and rainy weather. But wait! There’s more! This stuff is much more lightweight than cotton bedding. Plus, let’s be honest, you’ll look pretty funny wrapped up in it! How did you like this tip? Isn’t it so simple yet utterly genius?
Making a small raft. Who knows what unexpected circumstances you may find yourself in one day. What if a flood catches you off guard on a camping trip, but your tree-climbing skills are zilch? Well, if this is the case, you can make a compact raft to float on until the flood subsides or at least until you reach a safer place.
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Collect a bunch of branches, as many as you can, and cover them with a tarp, plastic wrap or some bubble wrap, grab whatever you have on hand. And boom! There’s your raft that’ll keep your head above water! You’re welcome.
Reaching your destination with a flat tire. So you’re driving through the wilderness and suddenly get a flat. Oh, yeah, and you’ve got no spare tire! If this ever happens to you, don’t worry, there’s a way out even if you’re in a deserted place with no other drivers around to ask for help. Just cut several holes on the inside of the burst tire, collect some weeds and grass, and fill your tire with it. Now, you won’t be winning any NASCAR races or anything, but at least you’ll make it to where you were going.
Using a nail file as a knife sharpener. The guys out there are probably thinking, “Geesh, another chick thing!?” What can I say? They have useful stuff! Besides, dudes have nails too! If you keep a nail file, or emery board as some call it, in your camping gear, it can serve as a pretty good knife sharpener.
Move the sides of the blade along the file for several minutes, and then use your newly sharpened knife in any way you need: cutting off small branches to build a fire, collecting mushrooms… fighting off a grizzly if you’re really hardcore.
Starting a fire using a pencil, jumper cables, and a car battery. One of the most important things for survival in the wilderness is to start a fire. I’m sure you got the point by now, I mean, how many of the tips on our list are connected to building a fire? Well, we’re not done yet, so here’ one more. Attach the cables to the battery of your car as if you’re about to give someone a jump.
How To Survive In The Wild
But instead of another car, connect the other ends of the cables to a pencil. The trick here is that the pencil’s graphite core conducts electricity. So, it’ll heat up, and the pencil will burst into flames. All you need to do now is put it on a pile of dry branches with some tampon cotton…or some chips! See? It all comes full circle!
Finding food. It’s pretty obvious that food is essential for survival, especially if you’re stranded for a long time. In fact, it’s common knowledge that a person can go about 3 weeks without food, but it doesn’t mean they’ll be able to function normally. But there are so many edible things in the wilderness, such as pine nuts, acorns, wild onions, sweet potatoes, dandelion leaves, all sorts of berries, and the list just goes on and on.
If you’re not a wilderness survival expert, and you’re not sure which plants are safe to eat, observe animals. You can follow them around and eat what they eat. You could even be like, “Hey, Bambi! Wanna split that? No? Ok, cool!” Another way is to test the plant by putting a tiny piece of it on your lip and leaving it there for some time.
If it’s edible, you won’t have any reaction. Don’t even think about touching the plants with a discolored or milky sap, thorns, fine hairs, or a bitter taste. Also, steer clear of the ones with leaves that grow in threes. They’re most likely poisonous.
Now one final tip concerning bears. If you and your party, come upon a Grizzley bear, surprising it, and the bear begins to chase you, then run away. The important thing here is: You don’t have to be faster than the bear. You just have to be faster than the guy next to you.
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