Survival Tips for the Canadian Wilderness

Survival Tips for the Canadian Wilderness
Everyone enjoys a nice hike in the mountains of Canada or even a camping trip close to their favorite lake or river. However, without the proper tools and knowledge, you can find yourself in a life-or-death situation. All it takes is for your radio to run out of batteries, getting lost or for a medical emergency to put you into such a situation. That's why you must know crucial survival tips to make sure that you get rescued in a timely manner or to help you survive until help arrives.

Emotions

Our emotions might not seem to play a vital role in daily survival, until you get put in a survival situation. Panic and disorientation are two key emotions that can impact your survival in the Canadian wilderness. Canadian Wilderness Survival advises that panicking only will decrease your chances of survival. However, since it is a natural emotion, you need to know beforehand that if you remain calm and stay in one place you are more likely to survive. When we panic, our first instinct will be to find our way back to where we started and disorientation usually will end up getting you more lost then you might already have been. Think of the best possible spot to stay so that rescuers can find you and get you to safety.

Fire

Fire can save your life when trying to survive in the Canadian wilderness. Even if you do not plan on staying the night to camp, always pack waterproof matches and a lighter just in case. Not only can the smoke from the fire give rescuers an idea of where you are, but also it can also ward off animals that hunt at night. Fire will keep you warm and allow you to cook any food you might find or that you brought with you.

Food and Water

By packing small amounts of food with you on day trips and camping trips you can increase your chances of survival in the Canadian wilderness. Canadian Wilderness Survival states that even though you can survive with little food for days, without it you will become fatigued. Food will keep you alert of dangers and aware if someone tries to rescue you. If you do not pack food, and you are in a survival situation, then you must familiarize yourself with what edibles there are in the area you will be in. For example, you could try to catch salmon in a nearby river, or eat wild berries that grow in the Canadian wilderness.



Whenever you embark on a Canadian wilderness adventure you must always pack water, as your body needs it more than food to survive. If you do not pack it then you must try to find clean water in your surroundings. Canadian rivers are known for being drinkable, however, by ingesting contaminated water you could decrease your chances of survival, so it is advisable to boil the water if possible or strain it through a T-shirt if possible to eliminate any impurities.

Shelter

Most people will not bring a tent if they do not plan on spending the night in the Canadian wilderness. However, by packing at least a blanket, you will increase your chances of survival. If you do not have a tent, then you need to find a tree that you can stay dry under, or even try to build a shelter out of supplies you find on your journey or nearby trees, branches and vines. Start simple, and you can always improve it as time goes by. Bare Wilderness suggests trying to build either an A-frame shelter out of branches and grass, or a lean-to, which is the simplest shelter to make.

Article Written By Marie Scribe

Marie Scribe has been writing for more than 10 years. Her specialties include copywriting, advertising and editing. She has a journalism degree and extensive experience with business and technical writing. She has been published on Trails.com and eHow.

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