Some outdoor survival tips are the obvious things you need like a tent, a sleeping bag, food, and hope you also have a compass. Why do you need a compass ?
You might ask but the answer is simple, many get lost and get disoriented in the woods because everything looks the same and you panic because you don’t even know which way to go. This is where the compass comes in handy and gives you direction of where the road is or the nearby city where you can meet with others and should be one of your meeting points whenever you go into the wilderness.
The rule is you never travel alone, there must be at least two people to be able help each other and always mark the way you travel by marking trees by tying a white cloth if possible, or anything that can stand out and let you know your going the right way.
It is always good to have a map of the country which you are in or travel to explore. A map and a compass will help you read terrain plus find your location. If you have cell phone signal you are fortunate but the chances are you might not have signal at all and you have to depend on navigational skills, this is an important skill to learn.
I practiced this training from on the ground navigation up to current technology of GPS but the most valuable training I received in the US Army was navigational skills that were taught and tested in order to elevate your rank and status. It was difficult at first because imagine a kid flunking out of high school to learning all this stuff, it took years to almost perfect it but what I found out is, that practice makes perfect.
In other words consistency in training, practicing and implementing is the key to proficiency. My proof to all of this is I was a machine training to get my mechanics perfected to accomplish what very few were able to do and that is to have multiple 998 score out of 1000 possible points at shooting my 120 MM Abrahams M1 Tank. It was a lot of fun and a loud bang!
I trekked and patrolled the Czechoslovakia border on barefoot with my team of two others plus radios to call HQ in case of an event. I carried the classified code decipher book with me, our backpacks with food, extra batteries, water, ammunition, weapons and a 21 Km across some pretty rough terrain that left my feet without the skin from the bottom of my feet. That was painful!
Still, have the newspaper that I was featured on during this assignment due to a call I had to make in to HQ of a Hind-E Russian helicopter in the area and arriving at theCzechoslovakia check point. That was pretty cool.
Another tip I learned very quickly when training in the desert and in Desert Storm in Iraq is, the outdoor survival clothing!
The outdoor survival clothing is critical to surviving in that kind of environment but we being military have stringent ways and a lot of cargo we carried with us all the time. Contrary to what you might think, it is better to wear long sleeve durable material that can also be functional in carrying all of your gear.
In extreme weather you always need a change of clothes and specially a couple pairs of socks to try to keep your feet dry and clean to provide more comfort while trekking up those hills and valleys. Your headgear is important as well ad should if possible have ventilation for hot weather and warm for cold weather.
In the cold weather it is a good idea to layer your clothing so you can adjust accordingly with changes of temperature during the day and/or night. Always have a jacket or shell type clothing that is both waterproof and breathable so you stay cool.
Sunglasses are critical in desert type conditions because the reflection of the sun on the sand is blinding. They also are great when very sunny anywhere you might be so it’s always a good idea to bring a pair or two along.
What outdoor survival tools should you have ?
- A map
- A compass
- A good knife with fire starter kit
- A rifle, a shotgun or at least a pellet 22 cal. Rifle and/or a handgun
- A good pair of boots
- A survival bracelet
- A survival sleeping bag
- A survival tent
- A personal water filter
- And a comfortable pair of boots
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Outdoor survival is not limited to the wilderness but when being out in the world we live today you must safeguard yourself and your property wisely. Thieves have gotten more sophisticated with technology and how they conduct their business. That is why I recommend you be aware of these things that can help you in an emergency situation.
- Learn basic hand-to-hand combat skills and practice them.
- Stay fit, it does not matter how old you are you can always do some kind of activity to keep your self healthy and active.
- Keep an extra key for your car either in your wallet or in a magnet security box you could put in the bottom of the car but pick somewhere less common, the thieves might look in common places.
- Give an extra key of your home to a family member who might live not to far or a good friend you can trust.
- There are tactical stun guns small enough to carry in the ladies bags or in the car when traveling.
- Always carry a good flashlight or maybe two or three, you can never have enough right.
- Always keep your car more than half tank of gas all the time if possible.
- If you live in a cold climate area I recommend you stack up on fire wood and even if you don’t use it for a while it’s OK, it’s there when you need it.
- Learn plumbing skills and some mechanical skills if possible.
- If you live in the country side I would definitely recommend a well for water with a manual pump too just in case you don’t have power for an extended time.
- Carry a survival kit in your car at all times.
- Carry extra water in the car maybe in the trunk of your car with a milk box or some sort of storage you can use for other things like extract food, blanket and medical kit.
- Foods, you should always buy organic or better yet grow your own.
I hope this opens your eyes to how you must operate in your daily routines and always be alert and never let your guards down. There are many other areas that could be mentioned here but it would be a long list, I just hope this jogs your mind to think of what else.
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