5 Basic Survival Skills You Need to Know

basic-survival-NAITAdventuresome people need to know some basic survival skills. While knowing how to respond to a snake bite or get out of a canyon alive might be good skills to know, depending on what adventures you like to have, people tend to forget about some of the most basic survival skills.

The most common outdoor emergencies are things like getting lost or injured and being unable to get back to civilization when you expected to. In these emergencies, here are the basic steps to take:

  • Don’t Panic

The worst thing you can do in an emergency situation is to panic. Some argue that panicking is a mechanism that’s evolved to keep us out of danger. While that extra spurt of energy might help if you have to run for your life, panic gets in the way of good problem solving. Staying calm will help you make good decisions that could save your life. So breathe deeply and keep a clear head — you can have a meltdown after the emergency is over.

  • Stay Hydrated

Our bodies need water. Dehydration can kill you in a matter of hours in the wrong conditions. Make sure you have water supplies or access to purification systems whenever you’ll be away from help for a while. If you’re going on a adventure that takes you far away from civilization, be sure to pack extra water as well as water purification systems or tablets so you can have something to drink when you need it.

  • Stay Protected from the Elements

No matter what time of year it is when find yourself in an emergency, you’ll want to ensure you’ll be protected and safe from weather. Stay cool and in the shade during summer or warm and protected from the wind in the winter. Keep yourself dry too. But also don’t expend all your energy getting a shelter set up because you may need that energy for something else. If you can, find shelter in your surroundings or make shelter out of what you have with you.

  • Start a Fire

No only do fires prevent wildlife from getting too close, they can also help others locate you, keep you warm, and cook your food. If you can, use natural resources like sticks and logs to make your fire. Conserve your stove for when you really need it — when you’re out of wood or need to cook food in the rain.

  • Eat Intelligently

If you’re stranded and running out of food, plan out into the future so you can have a little bit to eat every few hours. Health issues like low blood sugar levels can become a problem in emergency situations, so always bring extra food with you if this is a problem for you.


Share these basics with your kids, too. Being prepared can keep you — and them — from feeling frightened, even if you never need to use these strategies.

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