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What to do if you’re stranded in the wilderness

What to do if you’re stranded in the wilderness

Whether stranded in the woods, the mountains, or on a deserted island, the first thing to do is to signal for rescue.

  • Use your resources to signal any ships or planes that might pass by.
  •  If no-one comes, take steps to avoid injury. Your feet are the most important and vulnerable tools for survival. Boots can protect you from cutting your feet as you explore.
  • Find fresh water. Humans can't live without water for more than ten days. You need at least 1 litre of water per day to survive. If you have to choose between dehydration and unfiltered water, take your chances with the water.

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What not to drink

Fish juices, blood, alcohol, seawater and urine will dehydrate you, which is the opposite of what you want.

It can also trigger low blood pressure, which can damage vital organs like your heart, lungs, and kidneys.

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Finding water

Finding water

  • If you're close to the sea, you can convert salt water to fresh. Fill a can with salt water, then put a second container over the can. This will collect the freshwater that evaporates out of the can.
  • Look for signs of life such as vegetation, birds, and insects. It can all mean you a...

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Know how to build a fire

Know how to build a fire

  • Create a dry patch of ground about 4 feet wide. Build a ring of rocks or dig down a few inches to keep the fire insulated. 
  • Then use paper, dry grass or pine needles as tinder. Pile loosely in the centre and top with kindling. If the kindling isn’t dry enough, you will need more tind...

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Survival preparation

Survival preparation

  • Study the terrain, environment and wildlife of any new area before you enter it
  • Let people you know where you will be and how long you’ll be there.
  • Bring the necessary gear for the trip

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Wildlife dangers

Snakes will avoid you, but if you happen to get bitten by venomous snakes, don’t try to suck the venom out as it is delivered straight to your bloodstream and could further infect the wound.

Instead, hold the bitten limb below the heart level to prevent the venom from reaching your heart.

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Quicksand

Quicksand

It’s impossible to drown in quicksand because humans will float in it. However, once disturbed, quicksand becomes more viscous, trapping whatever it develops. 

To get out, wiggle your legs to create a pocket for water to trickle down. This will loosen the sand around your legs. Then lay bac...

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Running across some bears

Running across some bears

  • If the bear hasn’t seen you, slowly backstep yourself out of the situation.
  • If the bear does see you, the bear is probably more afraid of you and will take off on its own.
  • If you are attacked, don’t run. Make yourself look big. Scream and act crazy.
  • In the event of an...

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