Top 10 Survival Skills You Need to Know

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