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Wilderness Survival: An Urban Dweller's Guide to Being Stuck in the Woods

By    |   Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 05:32 PM

The woods can be a dangerous place for an unprepared urban dweller. Wilderness survival preparation is important to effectively cope and make it through a time of being stuck in the woods.

A person’s mental attitude can be more important than actual skills, according to Wilderness Survival. Staying positive and working to solve problems are both important, as is channeling your fear and anxiety into productive action.

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Finding or building shelter is one of the most important keys to wilderness survival. Nights are typically cold even during the summer months, and without some form of protection, hypothermia can set in at night, especially if it rains and you get wet, according to Survival Cache. A shelter can be built from items you have with you or from leafy branches woven together and anchored between tree trunks or other natural structures.

Being able to signal for help is another important skill to have, according to survival expert Creek Stewart, as cited in Men’s Fitness. A mirror, bright flashlight, or a fire can be helpful if you don’t have a cell phone or other way to contact the outside world. You will have to find a clearing so that a search plane can find you easily.

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You can live quite a few days without food, but only a few days without water. If you aren’t sure whether nearby water sources are clean enough to drink safely, you can take a clean plastic bag and tie it closed over a tree branch. In a few hours, condensation will form and give you at least a few ounces of drinkable water that will be clean. Once you build a fire, you can boil water from a running stream to make sure harmful bacteria and parasites are killed before you drink it, says LifeHacker.

If you need to travel, you can find out directions by looking at the sun, if it is out. The sun rises in the East and sets in the West, which will give you the basic sense of the four directions. If your cell phone works, your GPS may be of some help, but be sure to confirm it with the sun, since GPS has been known to be wrong, Survival Cache notes.

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