Wilderness Survival Guide;part 1

Today I’d like to talk about what steps you can take in a few worst case wilderness scenarios. Many situations can be avoided by adhering to some leave no trace principles.

Plan ahead and prepare

Oh the 1st on the list of Leave No Trace practices is one of the absolutely critical steps you can take to protect yourself. No one should enter into a back country outing without being ready. Lack of preparation can put you at risk and possibly in danger or worse.

Always carry a map of the area you intend to adventure in as well as a compass. Learn how to read the map and use the compass. A small flashlight or headlamp should be included just in case you lose daylight.

A dependable cellphone on airplane mode can still track you or help you track your way out of trouble even if you can’t get a signal for a call or text.

I also recommend having a charging bank should you need extra battery life.

Travel and camp on durable surfaces

Once again a Leave no Trace principal that is crucial to keep you safe. Stay on established trails wandering off can quickly turn into a bad situation Should you become injured and you are not on an established trail the results could become catastrophic.

When the need arises and you must leave the trail for the call of nature it helps to have about five small bright pieces of cord or boundary marker ribbon. Tie loosely a ribbon on a nearby branch or root for every 20 paces you take off a trail. When the last ribbon is used walk another 20 paces and answer natures call collect your ribbons on the way back to safety.

First Aid kit

All hikers should have a basic first aid kit not so much for emergencies but for the unexpected nicks cuts or scrapes you may receive.

Your kit should include a some band-aids some alcohol wipes adhesive tape small gauze pads I also like to add nu skin for small cuts or for after the bleeding has stopped and the wound is beginning to mend.

BONUS TIP: Cut a drinking straw into 2″ segments squeeze triple antibiotic ointment ito a segment and seal both ends with a lighter result mini tube of your favorite medicines for your back country first aid kit.

Lost? Remain calm

Panic will lead to rash and often unwise decisions, take some deep breaths hum a deep note and clear your thoughts.


Repeat this process often and as needed it is nearly impossible to think rationally in a panic mode your mind will not be able to process information efficiently.

When you have yourself calm enough you can begin to think clearly and this will result in a better plan to return to safety.

Head for higher ground and water sources

In heavily wooded areas’ cell phones will not receive a signal. This makes a call for rescue nearly impossible check your map and try to locate a water source lakes sometimes allow for a better signal.

At higher elevations your phone will register 3g coverage but you need to be above 3000 feet in elevation.

When near a water source be sure to hydrate (filter or treat first) this will be the most important thing to remember until you relocate the trail or are able to call for help.

You can only survive for 3 days without water but 3 weeks without food so drink up as often as possible.


Stay tuned for upcoming posts

I feel this category needs more added to it and I will be addressing other aspects of wilderness survival in the future.

I will be making Wilderness survival guide into an ongoing series and you can help. Do you have a topic idea please add it to the comment section below.

Thanks for taking the time to join me and visiting my blog. I hope this information is useful and better yet never needed.

Remember your state of mind will be the biggest factor in safely getting yourself Found should you become lost.


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6 thoughts on “Wilderness Survival Guide;part 1”

  1. Great post! I’m planning on going on a long road/camping trip later on this year. I think I’ve gotten all your points covered, but is there a specific brand or recommendation of exactly which first aid kit to buy?

    1. Hi Andrea thanks for the visit as far as a specific kit there are a few hiker friendly models available but most just put a few band aids and other important items in a ziplock bag making it easier to pack and saving the bulk of a carrying case.

  2. As someone who loves to go hiking in the mountains of northern New Jersey and southern New York, this post has given me some insight into things I never considered. I will definitely do some of these next time I head out on the trail.

    Though I do have many of the things you mention to have, with an addition of a survival tool/weapon, mylar survival blanket, and glow sticks, I like your idea of using a cut straw to carry ointment.

    I also enjoyed learning about how using Airplane Mode on a cell phone can help track your location and lead you out should we cannot get a signal. These are really great tips. In all my years of hiking, you can always learn something new.

    1. Hi Robert I am glad you enjoyed the article. The straw idea I found on a forum and thought it useful to share and today’s technology can be beneficial to everyone stay tuned for more to come. Thanks for visiting my site and happy hiking to you.

  3. Well, I live in Arizona and frequently people are getting lost, or injured on hikes here. I can understand that hiking in the desert southwest can be trying for people, but they need to be better prepared. I see people all the time hiking in sandals or even flip-flops.

    I agree with you 100% about being prepared. In addition to my cell phone, and portable charger, I always make sure I have my GPS and extra batteries for that too. A first aid kit is a must when hiking among the cacti 🙂

    I absolutely love your tip about cutting the straw in segments and filling it with ointment. What a fantastic tip!

    1. Hi Steve thanks for visiting and I’m happy to know that you enjoyed this post. I can’t wait til I have the opportunity to hike in Arizona from your comment it looks like I may need a few more band-aids.

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