Top 10 Survival Skills You Need to Know

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Last night was a rager and you had a blast but for some reason you've woken up in the middle of a big forest welcome
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to watchmojo.com and today we're counting down our picks for the top ten wilderness survival skills I know where
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there's thirty feet of extra rope up there for this list we're looking at methods tactics and other things you
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might want to know if ever you find yourself stranded in the great outdoors but first a little disclaimer we are not
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wildlife experts so be sure to do your own research before you venture out into the woods these are just some
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common-sense factoids and pieces of life advice that we feel you should consider before you go off on an adventure
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number ten how to attract attention with a signal fire these dead trees right here will burn very very well want to
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get rescued fast of course you do first things first gather any combustibles you can find like tinder
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kindling and firewood and set up on a hilltop or in a clearing to get maximum visibility if you don't happen to have
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matches or a lighter on you create a spark using a mirror or a magnifying glass and the Sun in a pinch your car
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battery could work too if you have none of those handy you can always go the old-fashioned route and bang two rocks
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together or rub two sticks together when you hear a helicopter or plane start piling on the branches the drier the
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better this will make the smoke thicker and more visible then do your best to keep the fire going until rescue comes
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dad wake up Brendan what is it fires out that's impossible I was stoking it all night
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number nine how to keep up your dental hygiene oh I have a dentist right here in this case so you're stuck in the wild
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that doesn't automatically make you an animal you're gonna want to keep those pearly
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whites as pearly white as possible and avoid infections or diseases so here's a simple rundown on how to brush your
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teeth using only things found in the forest as your toiletries find the twig of a non poisonous and fibrous tree and
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use that to scrape the gross stuff off your teeth obviously you won't be able to find toothpaste in the wild so you
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can boil the bark of any tree with tannic acid you know like Oaks birch Hickory Aspen or poplar and use it as a
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substitute for mouthwash it doesn't taste good but don't care about that or you can find some SAP and chew on
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that to get all the gunk out of your mouth if all else fails just find a stick and chew on it which will clean
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your teeth as you chew just roll it around and chomp on it to it get those fibers loosened up number eight how to
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tie a bowline Jeffress off that nail yeah tied a bowline knot you know it I'm not stupid
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since you're watching Internet videos right now chances are you've never tied a knot other than your shoelaces it's
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okay we can work with that all you really need to know to survive in the wild is how to tie a bowline which is an
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old but easy to tie method of securing rope that can lift a huge amount of weight how does a woman like you learn
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how to tie a perfect bowline knot by dating guys sailboats real outdoorsy type people use
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a mnemonic device about a rabbit coming out of his hole running around a tree and jumping back into his hole to
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remember how to tie a bowline knot and the rabbit comes up out of his hole goes around the tree and gets scared and goes
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back down his hole and there you go what does that mean in essence you've got to make a loop near one end of the rope
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pass the other end of the rope up through that loop move that end behind and around the upper part of the first
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end and then pass it back down through the loop easy how many people do you know who are that reliable number seven
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how to find your way by day or by night without a compass if it's daytime and you have an analogue watch handy you can
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use that as a compass hold it horizontally if you're in the northern hemisphere point the hour hand at the
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Sun if you're in the southern hemisphere point twelve o'clock at the Sun bisect the angle or draw a line midway between
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the hour hand and 12:00 o'clock and you'll find the north/south line depending on where you're located so
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with my hour hand pointing at the Sun I can look at my 3030 position here and that is pointing due north if you don't
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have a watch look straight up into the vicinity of the Sun it rises from the east and sets towards the west wherever
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you are so you can use that as a good starting point what about night time easy just find the Little Dipper now
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find the Big Dipper now imagine a line between the two stars at the furthest part of the Big Dipper and connect that
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line with the handle of the Little Dipper that's north that's East mountains are that way this
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is where you'll find the brightest star which is Polaris or the North Star and it represents true north there's
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Cassiopeia there's the Big Dipper follow it down there's a North Star number six how to
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perform DIY first aid have you ever been out in the woods and slipped with your knife or cut yourself with your hatchet
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and you thought oh crumb I forgot my first-aid kit what am I gonna do now right so you're still lost
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in the wilderness and a bear ate your first aid kit what do you do first thing if you're injured presumably that bear
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that stole your kit also roughed you up a bit you need to clean the wound water will do fine for that but preferably
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purified water should be your go-to obviously we have the ability with a water bottle to cleanse a worm next
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you'll need some kind of bandage use a piece of clean cloth or material to cover the wound and apply pressure
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cooling it down you can cool it down with a mud you can cool it down with sphagnum Moss which grows all around
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here so you can pack it with moss you can wrap it with a t-shirt that gives you compression if you have duct tape to
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hold the bandage on even better now you'll need to find some old man's beard don't worry it's a type of lichen it's
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green and it grows on tree branches you can apply that to your wound as an antibiotic and you should be good to go
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depending on how serious the wound is that is number 5 how to make a spear to catch animals and food you've got a fish
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on your on your spear and trying to stab his brain out to get him to kill him so that I can bring him back and he ended
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up getting away here's a handy tip for catching cute little forest creatures or small marine animals for consumption a
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split tip gig is a multi pronged spear that quickly snatches critters from the forest floor or in a body of water you
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want me to make a spear yeah we need you to make wonderful fishing go and take that find yourself a small sapling about
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an inch around and cut the thicker end into four parts going about ten inches down from the top out spread those tips
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out I'm going to slip one of them in this way just like so use a stick to spread the parts and then make sure
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they're good and sharp with a rock or knife finally use that gigtube world
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we spear anything from snakes to Chipmunks – rats raccoons bears fish etc number 4 how to find food when these are
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compact and green you can eat those some people who boil those up and cook them that way if you don't have a split tip
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gig you'll need to get food another way before you become food for something else your best bet is to find a guide
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that tells you which berries and flowers are edible if one isn't handy which it probably isn't if you're lost in the
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wilderness then you can use the good old fashioned method of trial and error remember this rhyme white and yellow
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kill a fella purple and blue good for you but beware while this approach might allow you to survive longer it might
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also kill you immediately come on now it's got to be a little cautious I mean that book of yours is cool and
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everything but you can't depend entirely on leaves and berries if you'd rather not leave your survival to chance there
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are a few rules of thumb to adhere to avoid plants with milky or discolored SAP 3 leaved growth patterns almond
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scented leaves anything like seeds that are inside pods and things that look like mushrooms good luck but nothing too
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spectacular is the truth chanterelles and they can cause alarming symptoms of eaten number 3 how to build a fire
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if you do manage to get some food you might need a fire to cook it but even without food you need to keep yourself
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warm first and foremost you'll need tinder no not the app although we suppose that is
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one way to keep yourself warm tinder in this case refers to small sticks that will easily turn a spark into a
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full-blown fire the best tinder you could use a sharable tree bark break those up into even smaller bits
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find an area to make your fire and create shelter from the wind by using a log or something big then stack your
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kindling preferably branches of different sizes in a conical shape this will facilitate the passage of oxygen to
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your fire which will make it grow if you don't have any of the items mentioned in our signal fire entry then you can use a
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flint to spark the fire or again rub two sticks together when it starts to grow then you can begin to add bigger
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kindling you could build fire extenders those would be things out of like pine pitch or even birch bark or other easily
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ignitable material also don't forget to scavenge the area for any other material you can use to keep yourself warm like
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leaves pine branches or the skin of an animal you've hunted for food number two how to build a shelter well I
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guess you could put together a little lean-to from this lame coat we're supposed to be living in a palace well
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it looks like you're gonna be here for a while may as well get comfortable you'll need to find a dry area preferably one
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that's flat elevated and protected from the elements by a cliff wall look around for a strong tree I see white oak trees
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I've got pale models to build with this is a good spot ideally you want your tree to be at an angle but if that's not
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the case then grab a big branch from the ground lean it against a strong tree and start stacking smaller branches on one
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side to make a wall this is called a lean-to once this is done find leaves moss and other forest debris and start
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covering the wall as well as the ground to keep you warm when you're finished get cozy and pray that the wind doesn't
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pick up this is what I might call a backwoods timeshare no honorable mentions this time around number one how
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to find clean water baths don't knowledge is fraught with consequence yeah I'm just looking for the path to
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water if you want to find water you must first find dirt there's probably nothing more important to your survival than
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good old h2o water that you find in a puddle or stream is a safe bet but only if you boil it see we told you that fire
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would come in handy if you can't do that then collecting rain snow or Dew is also a great way to get yourself something
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drinkable to get enough of the stuff to keep you alive you can soak the liquid up using a rag or some type of fabric
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like a shirt or bandana and then squeeze the water out you can also tie a bag around a leafy branch to collect the
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water from a tree's transpiration which is also drinkable if you happen to find a cactus you can slice it open for some
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refreshing h2o as well and because there's so much of this that's where getting the fluid through just a munch
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and suck finally and perhaps most deliciously you can also quench your thirst with the syrup from a maple tree
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awesome awesome what it boils down to is that staying safely hydrated is the name of
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the game with any luck at all in a few hours so long as the Sun stays out I've taken care of dehydration do you agree
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