Wilderness Survival Tips

A senior security consultant for Verizon Communications, Emblez Longoria is an outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hiking, and backcountry camping in his spare time. Throughout his adventures, Emblez Longoria has gained a wealth of knowledge in wilderness survival skills.

Outdoorsmen must adapt to their surroundings and possess comprehensive knowledge of survival skills in order to tackle new environments. The following are survival tips to consider when faced with tough conditions and emergency situations.

1. Even with the best preparation, hikers are still susceptible to injuries when exploring the wilderness. Whether suffering a sprained ankle or broken bone, hikers should remain calm by breathing deeply, collect their thoughts, and determine the severity of the issue. If leaving the location is impossible, they should focus on setting up shelter and then plan an escape by building a signal fire. Most importantly, injured hikers must stay focused on accomplishing one task at a time to ensure they do not become overwhelmed with anxiety. This gives them a better chance of surviving.

2. Learning how to identify edible plants can be lifesaving when food is not available. Clovers, for instance, are much like spinach. The three-leaf green can be consumed raw or steamed for nutrients. Likewise, pine tree leaves offer a source of vitamin C, while its pollen is rich in protein. Other consumable wilderness plants include daisies, yucca, and cattail.

3. If lost, hikers can use the moon to place them back in the right direction. A first-quarter moon shines brightly on the side facing west. Conversely, a last-quarter moon illuminates on the east. This method works particularly well when stars are not visible.