Wilderness Survival Guide – 3 Things To Avoid A Miserable Death

Wilderness Survival Guide

Wilderness Survival Guide

No matter how much you think you know, having a wilderness survival guide on hand can definitely come in handy when you find yourself in a true life-or-death situation.

Sometimes, when put in extreme conditions, even the savviest book survivalist can freeze up and forget much or all of what they thought they knew.

Finding the right guide or book to keep with and around you at all times could mean the difference in knowing what to eat, how to catch it, and what else you need to do to last as long as possible until help arrives or you find it yourself.

What Your Wilderness Survival Guide Should Include

Any survival guide should include the basics, but with the sheer number of publications out there, ensuring yours meets the following criteria will give you the best chance for success.

  1. What’s for dinner? One of the most important things to include when it comes to survival is an entire chapter or more on finding, capturing, and preparing food.

    Make sure your guide has extensive information on what you can and should eat in the wild, along with tips and tools needed to take it from where it is to where you need it to be: inside your stomach.

    A berry and plant guide and comparison of what’s edible, what’s not, and what’s poisonous is also a great addition.

  2. Raise the roof! Besides food and water, you’re going to need shelter from the elements, the sun, the animals, or all of the above.

    Being able to build a makeshift shelter is essential to prolonging the amount of time you can survive in the wilderness.

    Look for a guide that focuses on materials that you will find in nature, so you will have everything you need on hand to make your new home, but you should always keep your survival kit on you anyway, which, by the way, isn’t a bad place to keep your survival book too!

  3. “I saw the sign…” While you may be perfectly cozy and well-fed in your new home thanks to the first two chapters, you’re probably going to want to mozy on back toward civilization at some point there, Tarzan.

    Knowing how to signal for help using sounds, fire, lights, and sand can get you rescued faster and easier than just waiting for an eagle-eyed personnel to track you down.

    If you’re the go-getter type, navigating your way back toward help can be made easier with detailed information on using compasses and stars to find your way around in the outdoors.

No matter where you go, having the right wilderness survival guide with you could pay off big time in the right (or wrong) situation.

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  • cal3301

    Your first priority is not “what’s for dinner?” It is water and shelter. Secondly, the primary berry season is only from June to July.
    Lastly, if people know where you are or where you went, stay put and build a big signal fire. Your chances of being found are greater, than if you “mozy” off to parts unknown.

  • Jim

    I Don’t Want To Be Found.


    fire, water, shelter, signal method…fire…build it early as possible…may be too wet, too cold, too exhausted to do later…need fire to boil water to render it potable ( safe to drink ) charcoal from fire can filter dirty water…can remove some toxins…shelter…need strength to build and light to see for construction…find materials, make “rope” type ties/fasteners…make bedding to remain above the cold hard ground…

  • aardvark

    Interesting, but really shelter and fire are your top priorities. Remember the rule of 3’s… The average person can survive only about 3 hours of exposure, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food.

  • ABBAsFernando

    Mind set determines if you will survive.

  • ABBAsFernando

    The primary idea is to get as far away from towns as possible. All of the planning & preparation means little to nothing if people know about it and how to get to it!

  • Outtruder

    Carry reflective thermo blankets also…..they are super light, protective and can be a signaling device in sunlight.

  • Learning64

    Uh, yeah.

  • OneGodOneTruth

    What about preparing for a swat team for living off the grid? Or cops that want to arrest you for camping out of town. People get shot for pretty much anything these days

  • JosephDygas

    Before folks go anywhere, especially wilderness areas, leave a plan of where your going, and when you expect to be back, so if you don’t turn up folks know where to start looking. furthermore, if you are headed for serious outback wilderness travel and can afford a sat phone, get one so you can call for help. Its amazing how people often get injured in the outback and are stuck for getting help.

  • NoMoreMarxistsInDC

    Yes, build a big signal fire. Better to start a wildfire and go in the opposite direction of the burn. That will get everyone’s attention.

  • cal3301

    Are you a lunatic or what? Everyone knows that when you build a signal fire, you do it safely and in a clearing where it can be spotted. You are also there to maintain it. How stupid are you?????