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Every thrill seeker and nature lover would love to experience nature and wildlife in its raw form. However, this beautiful dream can become a nightmare if you get lost in the wilderness and find yourself all alone in the middle of nowhere. Surviving in the wilderness is not easy and you must use your intelligence to make it through every single day. Here are a few tips that will enable you to increase your chances of survival if you ever find yourself in the wilderness all alone.
Communication is crucial
Before setting off on any trip, you should tell someone where you are going. Regardless of where you go, you may end up stranded unexpectedly and end up far from civilization. Tell your family or close friends where you are going and the specific route you will follow and the length of time or number of days that you will be gone. In case you get lost, your rescuers will have an idea of where to find you.
Have a map or compass
Whenever you go for a hike, camping, or safari in the jungle, make sure that you always have a compass, map, smartphone or GPS system. All of these gadgets can come in handy in the wilderness. It is important that you learn how to use the compass and map effectively as it can help you find your way. They can also come in handy if your smartphone or GPS batteries are dead.
Use your night vision
If you get lost with your horse during the Kentucky Derby Horse racing or at night, you can always get off your horse and survey the surrounding. If you are disoriented by night riding, you can dismount and lead your horse towards safety or home. You should rely on natural light whenever possible instead of using a flashlight. It will take you about 20 minutes to naturally develop your night vision. However, you will lose it in seconds by just turning a light on or striking a match.
Be wary of wild animals
The forest is not your usual civilized home and you are likely to encounter wild animals. Wild animals will always have their predatory instincts and you can become their prey when alone in their territory. Always try to maintain a respectful distance and avoid any confrontation or fight with them unless necessary. Unless you want to be bitten, mauled or become a meal, you should avoid getting close to snakes, bears, cougars, or other wild animals. You should also be wary of small reptiles and insets because they can easily crawl into your sleeves, so always avoid exposed skin and keep your clothes well tucked in.
Be cautious of what you eat
You should be cautious of whatever you eat, whether small animals or plants. If your food reserves get finished, you will have to rely on what the wilderness provides. You should avoid eating plants unless you are familiar with them because they can be poisonous. Remember that brightly colored fruits are mainly poisonous, so avoid white, red, and yellow fruits unless you are sure of what they are.
Maintain hygiene
You will have to attend to your personal hygiene needs, especially if you are lost in the wilderness and do not know when you will be saved. You should keep your body clean, particularly in the armpits, skin folds, between your toes and private parts. This is because the buildup of bacteria can cause inflammation, allergies, and rashes that can cause disease over time.
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