If you are like me and love the outdoors, you have perhaps faced the conflict between stepping off the trodden path, and not being stupid in putting yourselves in a unnecessary danger. Though I am sympathetic to even those who knowingly take extraordinary risks (skydivers, rock climbers, BASE jumpers etc.), I cannot understand the people who step over the edge in ignorance.
Here is a video on wilderness survival that I found really interesting, funny, and aimed at beginners. It was full of simple insights that could save your life when you are in a tough spot. Some of the things addressed: Why not to worry about building a fire? Why not to worry about food? How to react to a bear/ wild cat/ or a snake? How to signal? How not to get lost? etc.
Most importantly this video will help you build a survival kit in less than 20 dollars and pack it into a small (zip lock) plastic bag you can keep in your side pockets. I will mention some of the things that I thought were handy to carry.
- Small mirror
- Chemical Lights
- Duct Tape
- Knife or a blade of some sort
- Strings/ chords
- Space blanket
- Basic compass
- Silver foil
- Chlorine and Alum
- OTC drugs for fever, pain and most importantly diarrhea
- And condoms – no not for that one last … :)
Check out the video to see how to use them or other handy tips.