The idea of camping in the middle of the woods or on the mountain cliff sounds amazing until you find yourself stuck there in an emergency. Wondering what the emergency could be? Well, you could get lost, end up with no clean water, food or safe shelter, touch a poisonous plant, fall and break a bone, get hit by hypothermia or become excessively dehydrated. Therefore, whenever you plan to go camping with your friends or family, there are some essential skills that you should be well versed with.
Getting lost in a forest or in the mountains is pretty easy, if you ask me. All the trees look the same, every climb is similar after a certain point and you just feel like you’re going around in circles. If you ever get stuck in such a situation, you should know the basics of navigating your way through the place. Something as simple as reading a compass and knowing the direction you came from or the one you’re supposed to head onto can be an easy way to navigate your way through such places. Also, instead of using a compass you find on your phone, always go for a separate one that isn’t battery operated.
Building a Fire
Building a fire, staying warm, protecting yourself from hypothermia. This is one crucial trait that every camper must learn. Firstly, you should always carry a few lighters, matchsticks or a fire torch for such situations. However, if you ever run out of these amenities, you should be able to start a fire with what you already have. This fire can also keep any wild animals away from you in the middle of the night.
Finding Shelter in Any Environment
Now, we’re not talking about staying at a hotel or even finding an inn in the middle of the forest. But you can use your surroundings to your advantage if you’re bright enough. In most cases, you should be able to find lean, long and sturdy branches that you can use. Take three study and long branches to create a tripod and use multiple other branches for support and to create a sort of net across the tent. Cover these with leaves, grass or any big piece of cloth and plastic that you might be carrying.
Making a Weapon
You probably can’t afford to take your private security guard along when on a camping trip. But even if you can, you and your security need to be quick on your feet. If you sense danger coming or the night is falling while you’re in the middle of nowhere, preparing a few weapons with what is available to you might be a good option. You can tie your pocket knife to a study branch and use it to keep animals at a distance. At the same time, making a slingshot with basic material you can find at home might also prove to be a great weapon to keep danger at bay.
Keeping Emergency Kit
Basic first aid should be on everybody’s finger tips, not just campers. But once you’re out there in the wilderness at night, chances are, you won’t get to town until the next morning if an emergency arises. Therefore, you must carry all basic medications such as clotting powders, bandages, burn medication, antiseptics, allergy medications, an epi-pen etc.
Carrying Food and Catching Small Animals
When you’re stuck in an unknown place like a camping site (probably in the middle of a forest, riverside or in the hills), you can never go wrong with carrying food with you. This could be something as simple as a chocolate bar or a fish that you caught earlier that day. You will always have a better chance of survival if you’re well fed. This means carrying enough food with you on your camping trip to last you a few days as well as being vigilant of your surroundings and hunting small animals when the situation requires.
Other survival skills include knowing the terrain of the place you’re visiting, carrying a physical map along, in case your cell phone loses power, knowing how to distinguish poisonous plants, carrying portable water purifiers, etc.