Survival Tips for the Wilderness With Nothing on You

 Survival Tips for the Wilderness With Nothing on YouMany wilderness survival tutorials assume you are already carrying a wide range of materials, from a water bottle to a box of waterproof matches. But what if you have nothing? Truly devoid of any amenities, your time in the wilderness could prove a lot tougher. That is not to say that it is impossible. There are ways to survive in the wilderness when truly starting from scratch. Here are some tips.

Prioritize with the Rule of Threes

There is an easy shorthand method to help you prioritize your decisions in a survival situation. A person can live for: three minutes without air, three hours without shelter, three days without water and three weeks without food. Assuming that your survival situation is not underwater, then your most pressing problem is likely finding shelter or heat, then water, and food a distant third priority.



When seeking shelter, look to the natural features of the landscape first. While you could build a lean-to shelter from scratch, its insulating properties are likely to be severely limited when not in consideration of the environment. Natural caves or overhangs are the best places to seek shelter, since they require only the covering of a single opening. Another useful location are depressions created by large tree roots. These areas are likely to be sheltered from the wind. Once you have found a location, wall off any exposed sides with a combination of vertical support branches and crisscrossed insulation branches.

Building a Fire

Without any other materials building a fire can be one of your greatest challenges. Your best option would be a friction fire, which will require a broad and flat piece of dry wood coupled with a solid hard wood branch. Make sure that both pieces of wood are completely dry. With a rock, hammer a groove down the length of the soft wood. Begin scraping the tip of the hard wood back and forth in this groove. The rapid movement should tear up tiny flakes of the softwood, which will eventually ignite due to friction.

Finding Water

To find water, you will typically need to travel downhill. Look for and follow animal footprints, which are likely to lead you to a water source. If you can see a number of birds, this likely indicates a water source is nearby.


Article Written By Louie Doverspike

Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.

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