If you’re anything like me, you feel at home in the great outdoors. Whether it’s rock climbing, bass fishing, hiking, or camping, if it takes place in the palatial splendor of the wild, I’m a sucker for it. However, beautiful as she may be, Mother Nature can be a cruel mistress; there may even come a time in your wilderness explorations that you may be faced with unforeseen hurdles to overcome; one lapse in judgment could prove to be costly- even fatal. Understanding even the most basic wilderness survival tactics could save your life one day.
When camping in nature, it is important to always carry a map with you. Particularly when in remote regions where cellphone reception is sparse, it’s important to have a map and understand how to efficiently read it. In the event that you were to get lost in the wilderness, having the ability to effectively use a map can help you to narrow down your location, find reliable water sources, and ultimately regain your bearings and get back on course.
Survival kits are a necessity for any 21st century Nomad. You don’t need to purchase overpriced, name brand gear to make it in the wild- a basic survival kit containing several key pieces of equipment are all you’ll need. Make sure you always have a way to start a fire; particularly in colder regions, temperatures in the wilderness can get frigid, having the ability to start a fire can be a great way to keep warm in harsh cold. Additionally, a survival knife, compass, flashlight, first aid kit, and water filtration are also important items to have included in your survival kit.
If you fancy yourself an outdoorsman, but don’t know how to pitch your own tent, you’ve got some serious work to do. Whether you’re a rogue veteran traversing the great Alaskan tundra, or a journeyman camper roasting s’mores while listening to Jack Johnson with your bros, having the ability to pitch a tent and making your own shelter is an absolute necessity for the modern nature lover.
In the event that you ever wind up stranded in the wilderness, having the ability to forage for your own food, can prove to be the difference between life and death. Before being able to search for your own food in the wild, you must first be able to recognize your own food. If you are not already familiar with the “Universal Taste Test,” it is an invaluable method for testing food for edibility that should be learned by an outdoorsman of any caliber.
Remember, the outdoors are a gift, but can also be dangerous to the uninitiated novice if the bite off more than they can chew. Always exercise your best judgment when venturing out into the wild, double check your supplies, and always be mindful of your surroundings. As wanderers, we have a thirst for the great outdoors, it is our responsibility to always quench that thirst responsibly.