In existence, there are many real-world examples of survival, and there is even a little bit of it told by firelight years later or put in the book to give it permanence. Then there is the aspect of reality and actually living it. This article will describe what to do in a survival situation in a wilderness area, where getting stranded would be due too little to no familiarity with that area. Danger and solitude of even the most beautiful places go hand-in-hand, and it should be a constant reminder to respect nature. There are many decisions to make, for example, if you should stay in place or search for landmarks that lead back to where you started or roads and other identifiers of civilization. When hiking, camping, hunting, or fishing you are limited in what you can carry.
Adapting to the environment
If you know that you are stranded and have supplies or have to improvise– consider it before you get into that situation. Is it better to have a way to make a shelter, or can you make do if you didn’t bring materials with you? You should be prepared on both fronts because if you lose a sleeping bag, improvising shelter and a place to sleep is handy. Although, when traveling with whatever you can carry making it as lightweight as possible is key. In an austere or unpredictable environment, the case may be that you will lose some sleep and be uncomfortable with your surroundings at first, but it will keep you on your toes.
The most important thing to do is to secure what water you have and find a source nearby that is safe, although you may have to find a way to sterilize it. A great way to bypass boiling it is by using a water bottle or an apparatus that can filter water. Suppose you have multiple ways of doing camp tasks. It is always helpful to have skills and tools that help to find and better manage resources. For example, if you are near a water source, it’s better to know how to fish, purify, conserve and store water. It is also important to conserve energy to free up time that could be spent to plan what steps to take to survive. If you make a net or a trap you can set in the water for catching fish, it will free up time to do other things.
Preparation and Materials for survival
If survival as a concept were more serious than others, it would be to pack for the unexpected circumstances that may come up. If you have a rope or cordage, it would be better to double up on it or any materials that can be reusable. Make sure it’s the best you can afford. It is also better to have more high-quality multi-use tools rather than many tools that can barely fit in your pack.
Here’s a good list to go by:
2.Cordage and Tarp
3.Maps and/or compass
5.Light metal Container
6.First Aid Kit
These items may be self-explanatory, but it always helps to have an idea of how it helps. For example, two of the items that would be most useful in saving space and weight of what’s in your pack would be the multitool and the cordage and tarp. These two things can also have multiple uses, and if they are of high quality, they will work for a long time. A person in a survival situation should not underestimate the value of each item. With the first aid kit, it should be as comprehensive as possible. It should include medications that you need and other things like antibiotics. A light metal container is good for boiling water and adding water purification tablets to it when not boiled is still better than drinking water that is not clean.
If you are hurt, then having tools and experience in self-administering first aid is a good skill. There are three things to take note of while administering aid to yourself or others. 1)Breathing- As a general maker, if you lay a person down and see the chest rise and fall, that is a sign of an open airway. If the person is unconscious, the provider should take care to keep them stable. 2) Bleeding- This may also be attributed to why someone would be unconscious. Do whatever you can to control bleeding by using gauze to cover the wound, and you may have to stitch the wound back together, if you have the skills to do so, if the wound is deep enough. 3)Shock-This is a condition where lack of oxygen to tissues of the body, and symptoms include a rapid pulse and clamminess and coldness to the touch accompanied by rapid and shallow breathing. They may become aggressive and restless if they become unconscious, breathing may cease.
Solo Survival Vs. Group Survival
In any group relies on organization, and to get to the point of working together, you have to admit that things won’t be perfect. An interesting psychological edge could come from the ability for groups, no matter how small, to be able to provide some skill. If you are solo, it would mean that it will always be a psychological struggle and bring limitations that you may have never thought about.
In the military and the distribution of groups– a six-person team makes for an ideal situation of people working with each other because it can further be broken down into two-person teams ( No one person will try to dominate the other). But that is in ideal circumstances, and to make a situation better, and it may take people to be self-reliant when possible but doing as much for the group as possible. Each person should focus on a skill they have to provide food, and resources, in the best way possible.
When you are in a solo survival situation, the chances are you didn’t seek to be in that position because it is disadvantageous. If you follow the tip of bringing multiple tools and devices that you have backups of, that will help. In an extreme environment, you have to rely on skills and find more creative ways to get out of a situation. In most cases, you will have to scavenge for food, and you can do things as you would want off the top of your head with no one else to consult.
Being aware of what is around you will help you build your own landmarks of the area. For example, if you have a compass that can help with directions and have differences in terrain. You may come across camps that have been left unused or even that is still in use. It is way more likely that you will find rivers and lakes which may be frequented by people and lead you to civilization.