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Lost in the woods? Learn these survival skills

Have you ever considered how much you rely on technology in your day-to-day life? Do you ever wonder how you’d fare 100 years ago, if suddenly you could no longer Google your questions and find answers in minutes? If you couldn’t GPS your location, and you couldn’t just find an app to likely help solve the problem you’re facing?

Now imagine you find yourself deep in the woods at dusk. You weren’t planning on being out here this late, so you haven’t got supplies. You’re not prepared, and your phone is about to die.

Think about it. What survival instincts do you imagine would kick in? What survival skills would you be able to dig out of your toolkit and what survival skills would you be caught wishing you owned?

Below are a few survival skills that you might want to consider learning, practicing and honing:

  • Locating a suitable place to set up camp. Tip: It’s best to stay high and dry.
  • Shelter-building.
  • Starting a fire & sustaining a fire without a flint striker or matches.
  • Finding and collecting water without a water bottle.
  • Plant identification. Especially edible plant ID.
  • Hunting small critters. (This isn’t something you want to practice unless you’re sure you want to eat them, and you’ll follow through.)
  • Navigating during the daytime.
  • Navigating during the night time.
  • Tying knots.
  • Sending a survival signal – by smoke, fire, mirrors, etc.

If you’re interested in learning more about survival skills, have a read through some of the articles on BC Adventure Network. And if you have any pro tips, please do share them in the comments below!

-Content created by Sophie Wooding – Writer, gardener, cyclist and emergency preparedness enthusiast!

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