To some people living in the wild is a lifelong dream and one that they pursue with immense passion. Very few people actually get to fulfill that dream and there are many tangible reasons why that is the case. Firstly, it is an extremely demanding way to live bearing in mind that all the things we take for granted are no longer there and simple tasks like having a drink of water suddenly become overwhelming obstacles.
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If you fancy yourself as the pioneering type, let’s look at the three most basic elements that you need to survive living in the wild. They are water, food and shelter. Water is probably the most vital as the human body can only survive a few days without replenishment. The biggest danger is dehydration, which if severe enough can lead to hallucinations and vital organs shutting down. The number one priority would then be a reliable clean water source whether it be a spring, lake or river. Basic precautions need to be adhered to in almost all cases as drinking untreated water regardless of how clean it looks could make you extremely ill. A piece of material can serve as a filter to remove any floating particles and then the water can be purified using water purification tablets. It is important to strictly follow the instructions provided with the tablets. These tablets however do tend to give the water a slightly unpleasant taste but the water is still drinkable nonetheless. By far the best method is to simply boil the water for several minutes and then allow it to cool. A time consuming method when you are thirsty but safe and better tasting by far. If suitable containers are available, a large amount of water can be boiled at once and then stored to use later. Collecting rain water is also a good source of clean water.
Exposure to the elements can range from being invigorating to seriously life threatening depending on where you are and the season. Conditions can change in minutes especially if you are in a mountainous area. All these said, the importance of a shelter cannot be stressed enough. It can be as simple as a tarpaulin strung between some trees or a cave (check that it is not already occupied) or an overhang. It could well be a “lean to” that you have made from tree branches and foliage or even a tent. The important thing to remember is that no matter what form your shelter takes, it must be adequate enough to at least provide some level of comfort and ultimately ensure your survival. The best tactical flashlight would be very handy now if you have to erect your shelter in the dark as well as showing you that the sound you heard outside is only a mouse and not a bear. A shelter could be the only thing saving you from succumbing to dehydration because you cannot get out of the blazing sun or from dying of hypothermia because you couldn’t get out of the rain and from the bone chilling wind.
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Now that a good shelter is available, the least pressing issue of finding food arises. It is true that the body can go without food for weeks. Although it is not as urgent a need as water, it is a far more strenuous and time consuming task. Food will need to be hunted, trapped, fished or collected depending on where you are and what is available. No corner convenience store is to be found so if you didn’t bring food with you, you will have to provide it for yourself. This will probably consume your entire day and many more after that. Once you have succeeded in acquiring your meal, you still have to process it yourself from scratch which means skinning it and removing all the intestines which could keep you busy well into the night. Luckily you have the best tactical flashlight to aid the task at hand. Leaving things till the next morning in the wild is not an option as you will only provide the local animal population with a free meal and all your hard work would have been for nothing.
In conclusion, you will need good shelter, clean water and basic food to survive successfully in the wild. This feat must, of course, be paired with bravery and innovation.