If you want to know how to survive in the woods or wilderness, then the first thing you need to know is this: always be prepared. You don’t want to be caught without supplies. Unless you are injured or sick, there are just 4 things that you need in order to survive in the wild.
1. Find Water.
The first thing you need to survive in the wild is water. You can only go 3 days without water before dying, but you’ll be extremely dehydrated long before those 3 days are up. Use these tactics to get water, Collect Dew: Take your shirt off and press it onto the ground to collect dew. Drag a Piece of Cloth Behind You: There is a lot of water in the woods on plants. Follow Ants: If you see a train of ants going up a tree, it is probably because there is a cache of water in a groove in the tree. Dig for Water: If you dig, do so at places like dried-up streams and areas with a lot of lush foliage.
2. Make A Shelter.
You will need a shelter to protect you from the elements. A shelter can also help protect you from some wild animals as they are more likely to attack you if you are in the open. Remember to have your shelter made before it gets dark!
3. Stay Warm.
Temperatures can drop really quickly in the woods, so you better prioritize warmth. Staying warm is actually just as important as food for survival. And, if you are cold, then your body is going to require more food. Dirt is a great insulator for when you don’t have an emergency blanket. You could also use fallen leaves, pine needles, or other debris.
4. Find Food.
There is actually lots of food in the wild – so long as you know where and how to look for it. In survival situations, these would be your primary options for food: Wild animals, Wild plants, Insects and bugs. Catching a wild animal for food is a lot harder than it seems. The better option for wilderness survival food is to eat bugs, most bugs are edible and actually very nutritious. Never eat a plant unless you are 100% sure it is edible. If you eat an inedible plant, you could end up with diarrhea, and that will kill you a lot faster than hunger!