Where to start:
Surviving. It’s one scary word, especially when you have to put it into action. Where do you even begin when it comes to preparing to survive with little to no items? Solo Prepper here will help you with that. When you prepare yourself for survival situations the easier they will become. If you ever end up in a situation that threatens your life that’s when your survival instincts kick in and I’m here to give you a few tips on where to begin preparing for many different survival scenarios. Throughout this blog post I will be giving ideas for certain survival tips. My goal later on is to Blog on each of these subjects alone. Everything I know about each subject will not be in this post but in later ones.
1. A clear mind:
You just had to flee your home because of major catastrophic events and you have lost almost everything in the process. There are many scenarios but when it comes to Prepping / survival you need to have a clear mind set. In survival situations there will be times you have to make major decisions that your life depends on. When you are in those situations you need to have a clear mind set. It will be hard not to be feeling every bad emotion out there during these situations but you have to put them aside and focus on surviving. There are many scenarios for survival situations but having a clear mind set is by far one of the most important things to have when it comes to survival.
After you have a clear mind you want to search for a shelter. Shelters can range from a lot of diffrent things, and also depending on the terrain you’re in. If you have a tent with you that’s great, use it and keep it functional. I will go over a very simple listing of shelters for survival. When looking for a shelter in any terrain you want to look for a mass of some kind to sleep under and to call home till you find or build something permanent. For example a large tree, large rocks, large brush, etc… Anything is better than sleeping in the wide open with no cover. Next thing you want to do when you find a large mass is to lean anything you can find against it. At a time like this you are looking for anything that can lean up against your shelter. Some examples would be, sticks, brush, etc… Anything you can lift and carry that can shelter you. Your main objective of a shelter is to keep you dry and warm. If you can accomplish that you have successfully completed the step on building a shelter.
Shelters are very important to have especially in harsh weather but next on the list is a fresh source of water. The human body can not survive more than three days without water. Three days is a pretty short time so that means it’s the number two priority while in the wilderness. If you have a supply of water you still need to know how to locate water because your surplus will run out eventually. Here are just a few to get you started. First is to head down hill. Water Flows with gravity which is down. Look for hills to go down. Further down you go the better chances of water. Second listen for water. Stand still and put your listening ears on. If you hear what sounds like rapids or a waterfall, head in that direction. If you find a good source of water and your shelter is not built near it you might want to consider rebuilding near your water source. Remember, stay hydrated!
The next thing you want after you have your shelter and water is your source of heat. Your only sources of warmth outdoors is going to be the sun, your clothing, other humans, and the most important, fire. Fire should be your main source of warmth when it comes down to it because you can always make fire. It might be hard depending on your circumstances but I’m going to go over a few basics you can do to start a fire. The traditional rub two sticks together to make a fire, it actually works believe it or not. Get ready to waste a lot of energy doing it but if all you have are pieces of wood then get spinning! There are very smart ways of doing this especially if you have some rope and a knife but i’m giving an example for if you have nothing at all. You want to find a very dry piece of wood that’s flat on both sides. Then find a well rounded stick that won’t break while putting some pressure on it. make a notch in the flat piece of wood and set the stick in it and start spinning it between your hands. Have small pieces of wood nearby to get a baby fire going when that time comes. If you have pocket lint, a tree that has lots of fibery bark, weeds, or dry grass use it as your fire starter. When you start to see smoke lightly blow in the hole of the notch and keep repeating until you see a flame. You have to have warmth so make fire a priority.
Last but not least on the list for what you need in the wilderness is food. Food is somewhat of a high priority because your body needs those calories and energy because you’re going to be working harder than normal trying to survive. The body can go about three weeks without food before not being able to function properly. You will be weak but still functionable before that three week mark, that’s why it’s a lower priority on the list. The normal man should be intaking 2400 calories per day and the normal women should be intaking at least 2,000 calories per day. Meeting these requirements while in the wilderness with nothing might be kind of tough. There are many ways to catch wild animals for a source of food. Snares are probably your best bet while in the wilderness. If you don’t know what a snare is I’ll explain. A snare is a contraption to lure in small or large animals to a trap that will either crush them or hang them in a tree. While you’re sleeping or away the snare is there to catch every creature that walks by. It’s hard to explain how to build a snare in words so the picture below will be a diagram on simple snares to make for small animals(You will need some kind of rope or wire). If you don’t have wire or rope there are snares where you can use holes to catch animals or crushing them with rocks(Diagrams below). When you catch your wildlife you need to learn how to gut them and cook them, all animals are different when it comes to gutting them. Remember the more you practice making snares the better and more successful you’ll be at trapping animals when it comes time to needing food.
Now you have an idea of where to begin in a survival situation. I will be posting more about these subjects in the future. There is much more to learn when it comes to prepping/surviving so stay tuned on soloprepper.com to learn more. If you thought this post was helpful in anyway please leave a comment and please share on your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Copy the url above and post it to your social media. Thank you
–Written by: Daniel Lee (SoloPrepper) 8/23/16