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Do you have the skills to protect yourself from harm? A survival situation is not the time to panic. You are more likely to survive a difficult situation if you focus on maintaining a positive, proactive attitude. You may feel hopeless, but keep your thoughts focused on the tasks that need to be accomplished. Use progressively smaller sticks to fill in gaps.
Add similar insulation to the ground, the thicker the better. Use available material such as bark, leaves, a poncho, an emergency sleeping bag or blanket or any available fabric to cover one side. Instead of eating the snow, melt it first.
This can easily be done over a fire or with a camp stove. Accelerate the process by chopping up ice and hanging it in a water bag in direct sunlight. Identify plants, such as cattails, cottonwood or willows, and dig a seep hole until you reach moisture. Wait for water to collect in the hole. Remember, water found in puddles or streams should be boiled. Using a cloth or piece of clothing soak up the dew and then squeeze it into a container.
This can be a very effective method of collecting a considerable amount of water. Tie a plastic bag around a leafy branch of a tree, and over time, water will collect. Keep your matches dry in a waterproof container. Shave magnesium filings off the stick, use the back of your knife to create a spark and ignite the filings.
Use your vehicle battery removed from vehicle or boat by attaching wires or steel wool to connect the positive and negative posts. This will induce a spark or ignite the wool. With smaller batteries, align two batteries together, positive to negative. Use strands of steel wool to connect the posts to create a spark and ignite wool.
A 9-volt battery works great. Create a tipi out of smaller kindling so oxygen can get in. Ignite the tinder and place under the tepee. Use long, steady breaths to spread the flame. As the smaller pieces catch, add progressively larger fuel to the fire. All outdoors people should know a variety of knots.
When it comes to survival, make sure you have these two at the ready. After you make a loop, remember this: the rabbit comes out of the hole, in front of the tree, goes behind the tree, and back down its original hole. This is a useful knot for building a shelter.
Tie a half hitch around your object, like a tree or pole, and follow it by a second in the same direction to make it a double.
Pull tight to make secure. Lash it into place. To make a triple-prong spear, add a smaller stick after placing the wedge, sharpen, and lash it into place. Having a backup fire starter is essential. Cell phone: Though you might not always get a al, it has become the essential modern survival tool. Carry an extra battery or an external charger as well. What sets this bag apart from others is its tough outer shell, which protects against abrasions and leakage. This inexpensive fold-up knife is lightweight and conveniently folds for safety.
Also, it easily shaves wood for kindling or serves as spear point. This waterproof thermal sack will help you retain your body heat and avoid skin exposure to cold air. Become a Member Make a Donation Shop. Hunt Wild Turkeys. Here are the top 10 survival tips every outdoors person should know: 1. Master your attitude A survival situation is not the time to panic. Make an insulated shelter Building an effective shelter can help protect you from hypothermia — and the elements. Make a shade shelter In some situations, protection from heat will matter most. Find clean water Finding clean, uncontaminated water is the holy grail of survival.
Find other water sources Boiling water for a minute is the best and safest way to kill off any pathogens. Know these knots All outdoors people should know a variety of knots. Make a spear With a simple spear, you can improve your odds of catching a fish or other small game.
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