Wilderness Survival Methods

Wilderness Survival Methods
There is more to wilderness survival than building a fire or skinning a rabbit. A survival situation is addressed in a series of logical steps. The right actions at each step can increase the chance of survival and probability of rescue.


Each aspect of a survival skill requires many pieces of knowledge and practice to work. The time to learn these skills is before they are needed.

Don't Panic

When you are thrown into a survival situation, control your fear and anxiety. A level head is more likely to make appropriate choices.

Assess the Situation

Determine your location and environment. Check for injuries and immediate dangers. Gather any materials that might be useful.


One of the first decisions is whether to stay where you are and wait for rescue or try to find your own way to safety. Factors affecting this decision include injuries, distance, rescue potential, resources and environment.


You need to maintain mental and physical health. Practice good hygiene, find food and water sources, protect yourself from the elements, and keep a positive mental attitude.


Be proactive in your rescue by using signals. If you are navigating your own way out, choose a path that will bring you into areas where people are likely to be encountered.

Article Written By David Chandler

David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.

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