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Bushcraft & Survival: Basics to Surviving in the Wild

Updated: Jan 14, 2023

Surviving in the wilderness can be a daunting task, especially for beginners. However, with the right knowledge and preparation, it is possible to thrive in even the most challenging of environments. Here are some tips for surviving in the wilderness for beginners:

  1. Know your surroundings: Before venturing into the wilderness, it's important to familiarize yourself with the area. Research the plants, animals, and terrain of the region you will be in so you know what to expect. This will also help you identify any potential hazards and plan accordingly.

  2. Bring the right supplies: It's essential to pack the necessary supplies for survival in the wilderness. This includes things like a first aid kit, water purification tablets, a knife or multi-tool, and a fire starter. It's also a good idea to bring a map and compass, as well as a GPS device if you have one.

  3. Build a shelter: One of the most important aspects of wilderness survival is finding shelter. In a survival situation, your body will lose heat rapidly, so it's important to find a way to stay warm and dry. You can build a simple shelter using materials like branches, leaves, and tarps.

  4. Find water: Water is essential for survival, and it's important to have a plan in place for finding and purifying it. If you don't have a water purification system, you can boil water to make it safe to drink. Alternatively, you can collect and filter rainwater, or look for sources of running water like streams or rivers.

  5. Start a fire: Fire is an essential tool for survival in the wilderness. It can provide warmth, light, and a way to cook food. To start a fire, you will need a fire starter (such as matches or a fire starter), kindling (small, dry twigs and leaves), and larger logs or branches.

  6. Find food: In a survival situation, it's important to find food to sustain yourself. Look for edible plants and berries, and consider setting traps or hunting small animals for protein. Be sure to properly cook any food you find to avoid food poisoning.

Surviving in the wilderness can be challenging, but with the right knowledge and preparation, it is possible to thrive in even the most challenging of environments. Remember to stay calm, use your resources wisely, and stay vigilant for any potential hazards.


By following the tips outlined above, we can increase our chances of success in even the most challenging of environments. However, there is much more to learn about wilderness survival, and it is important to continue educating yourself on the subject. Keep an eye out for other articles that go more in depth on each step of the survival process, and continue to build your knowledge and skills to ensure that you are prepared for any situation.

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