Camping Must HavesAre you planning on heading out into the wilderness to literally get away from it all and really connect with the natural world while surviving on your own? Then you’re definitely in for an adventure, but you’re also in for some potential danger as well.

In order to make sure that everything goes smoothly and that you don’t get hurt, continue reading for five tips that will help you get through your first outdoor survival adventure.

  1. Keep Your Tools with You At All Times: Always have a multi-tool or a pocketknife with you because you simply never know when you’ll need it for protecting yourself from a wild animal, constructing a shelter, or even preparing your food. So before you head off on your wild adventure, consider searching for and buying knives online that are already sharpened and ready for use. Make sure, too, that they’re durable and that you know how to sharpen the blade while you’re out in the wilderness.
  2. Learn How to Build an Outdoor, Natural Shelter: When you’re out exploring completely on your own, you’ll be totally exposed to the elements and you might need to learn how to construct your own shelter from natural materials around you. Even though you’ll likely be carrying a tent and your supplies with you wherever you go, if something were to happen to your tent, such as if it were to get damaged, you would want to know how to construct a natural shelter, such as a lean-to, that’s insulated at the bottom and will protect you.
  3. Bring a First Aid Kit and Know How to Treat Wounds: One of the most common injuries that you’ll likely sustain while out in the wilderness is a cut or scratch. Before you dive into the river to rinse it off, though, consider the fact that this is actually quite dangerous because of the bacteria that could be in the water, which could lead to infection. Instead, manually clean any debris and dirt from the wound. Clean the wound with your drinking water, and apply a disinfectant if you have it in your first aid kit. Then apply some antiseptic ointment and some dressing to protect the wound until it heals.
  4. Always Have Clean Water Available: Once the water you bring from home runs out, you need to find freshwater in the wilderness. But before you drink any water you find in the environment, boil it or use iodine to remove contaminants. If you need water and there aren’t any bodies of water around, you can set up a rain catcher.
  5. Don’t Forget to Bring a Compass: You won’t have a GPS with you while out in the wild, so the next best thing is a compass. Pack one of these and keep it with you at all times so you’ll always know where you’re going and you can avoid getting lost.

With the above five tips in mind, you can have the outdoor survival adventure of a lifetime.