Survival Skills Needed in the Wilderness

Survival Skills Needed in the Wilderness
A survival situation is not the time to overcome a learning curve or recall what was written in a manual. These skills address fundamental needs for life. Fortunately, many of these skills can be incorporated into other outdoor pursuits.

First Aid

Anyone actively involved in the outdoors knows how uncomfortable minor illnesses and injuries can be, but in wilderness survival, they can be completely incapacitating and even fatal. Prevention and proper treatment are essential.


Hikers and boaters should be able to navigate with a map and compass in addition to a GPS. A GPS has limited usefulness in a survival situation because replacement batteries tend to be hard to come by.


Skills such as building a fire, choosing a location for a shelter, then constructing it, avoiding dangerous animals and poisonous plants, and simple campfire cooking are readily acquired on weekend camping trips into the wilderness.

Water Acquisition

In some wilderness situations, finding water requires some wilderness lore. Even after finding water, it should be treated to prevent debilitating parasitic infections.

Procuring Food

Fishing and hunting are outdoor sports that can lead to finding sources of food. Less obvious outdoor activities are birding, wildlife photography and botany.

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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