By: Bailey Sutton

Being out alone in the middle of nowhere can be scary, especially when you’re not familiar with survival techniques. Knowing just a few simple tips can help you survive a night in the wild.

  1. Stay Calm

Staying calm is the first step to survival. Panicking is one of the worse things you can do.  Staying calm helps you maintain a clear mindset.

  1. Find Clean Water

Water is the most important thing to have to survive. Studies show that you die of dehydration quicker than you would starve to death. You can get water from a river, pond, or rainwater. A way to make sure the water is clean is to boil the water for one minute.

  1. Create a Fire

You’ll need a heat source to keep you warm or to have light. All you have to do is gather pine needles, dry leaves, or thistledown and dry grass for a tinder bundle. Then gather dry sticks and twigs for the fire and set them into a tipi shape on top of the tinder bundle. Don’t use all of the sticks in case your fire goes out. Easy ways of starting a fire are using a match or lighter if you have one.  

  1. Shelter

Having a safe place to sleep will protect you from dangers in the night. You can make a shelter by collecting fallen tree branches and leaning them together to make a tipi.

  1. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Always be careful of your surroundings. You never know what could be lurking around. Watch and listen carefully.