How To Find Food If You’re Stranded In The Wilderness


Nobody likes being trapped in a survival situation or away from human civilization. It’s not something humans are prepared for, but it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t. Every individual needs to find out ways to survive even when stranded in the wilderness. Consider it as one of the essential skills because it can genuinely prove to be a lifesaver. And if you are someone who enjoys hiking or camping in forests, it is crucial for you to know how to survive. There are always high chances of being lost in the forest, with no one but yourself to depend on.

You should know how to seek shelter, and most importantly, you must be able to find food. However, finding food is not just about eating anything that looks edible. You should know what to eat and what to avoid. So how do you know that? With the help of a comprehensive guide like this! Continue reading to find out how you can find the right food in the wilderness or when stuck in a survival situation.


First Of All, Which Are The Key Things You Should Be Looking For?

Before we get into the details about what you should look for and how to find it, let’s figure out the list of priorities when stuck in the wilderness. Here’s what you need:

    •   Water: Before anything else, look for sources of water and once you find one, make sure you store sufficient water because you never know when you’ll find water again.
    •   Food: Second most important thing is food. Remember, you can’t go without food for more than eight days. So stocking up on food is crucial when stuck in the wilderness.
    •   Shelter: Next, you need to seek shelter, such that it can protect you from direct sunlight and rains. Otherwise, your stamina may not last for a long time.

These are the top three things you must look for when you find yourself stuck in a forest or deserted region. Once you sort out your basic needs, you can start thinking of ways to get yourself out of trouble and find your way back home. Now that we have this sorted, let’s find out how you can find food, and more importantly, the right kind of food.

Fruits And Vegetables

Many times, forests have many trees and shrubs that bear fruits and vegetables. So if you are lucky enough to find them, stock up as many as you can. Fruits and vegetables don’t require any cooking or cutting, and anyone can eat them. They are also quite filling and nutritious, which is why they easily fit the dietary guidelines for food consumption when your body enters survival mode. However, make sure you only eat those fruits and vegetables you are aware of so that you don’t stand the chance of feeling ill or unintentionally eat something you’re not supposed to.


If you find the sea, river, or any major body of water around, you can be at ease because these are full of protein-rich foods, and most of them are naturally edible. You can quickly source fish to receive omega-3 fatty acids and some protein. And since it is high in protein, the body’s standard requirement for protein content can be easily met, which will keep you strong and healthy for a long time. You can also find other animal sources with a high amount of protein, such as crab, lobster, etc. By setting up a basic fireplace using sticks, and wooden blogs, you can also cook the seafood quickly.

Avoid Anything Too Bright

Yes, bright food items are super attractive and may seem completely edible. This is when you must remember the phrase “beautiful but deadly” because these bright, attractive, potentially edible things are often poisonous. The bright colors that they acquire are because of the poison that they hold. So, be it an extremely bright-colored insect, animal, mushroom, fruit, or reptile, it is best to stay away from it unless you are super sure about what it is. Even when it comes to berries that look too bright, try to avoid them because there are hundreds of types of berries, and not all of them are edible.

Do A Basic Edibility Test

If you fall short of seafood, fruits, and other edible things, and it comes down to strange, unknown things, do a simple edibility test. For instance, if you come across a fruit, vegetable, or plant, attentively smell it. In most cases, poisonous plants or flowers leave a strong and unpleasant smell. If it smells natural to you, have a small bite of it, and notice the impact on your body. If you don’t sense any harm in the next few hours, it is probably safe, and you can have more of it. However, if it smells funny, it is best to leave it the way it is and look for other possible alternatives.


All in all, there are many options to eat in the wilderness and satiate your hunger. The key here is to find what’s right for you and will keep your hunger satisfied for a long time. Animal protein is always advisable because, in most cases, it is edible and can keep your energy level maintained for a long time.