How to be a One Day Davy Crockett: Tips on Finding Safe Food in the Wilderness In the city, food is always within reach wherever we find ourselves in need of it. That’s why it’s no wonder city folks become clueless when tragedy strikes and they are lost in the wilderness. For them, there’s no difference between mistletoe and poisonous berries. Common sense flees and panic automatically sets in once they realize they’re lost in the denseness of looming trees and darkness. If you don’t want the wilderness to get the best of you, here are some tips to eat your way to safety: WATER IS THE SOURCE OF LIFE You can survive without food longer than you can survive without water. For that reason, it’s imperative that you look for a source of water before satiating your hunger. NEVER MAKE ANY ASSUMPTIONS Poison is your worst enemy in the wilderness. It’s crucial that you don’t risk your health and safety on any wild conjectures. Rely on facts alone. Think one hundred times before taking a bite of any plant or fruit unless you want to end up with a Snowhite-inspired death. WARNING SIGNS OF INEDIBLE PLANTS Without proper expertise and knowledge, it would be extremely difficult for individuals to correctly identify which and which aren’t safe to eat. There are, however, several warning signs that could prevent you from consuming any potentially dangerous food. Avoid eating food that has the following characteristics: Bitter taste Signs of decay or discoloration Three-leaved growth pattern SEAWEEDS FOR LIFE Although they appear slimy, seaweeds are one of the wilderness plants you can be almost 100% sure are safe to eat. Make sure, however, that you only eat seaweeds which you have personally weeded out from underwater. Don’t eat seaweeds that have washed ashore because these may be contaminated. BAITING FOR FOOD Fishing is another safe method for satisfying your hunger. Search the woods for any pole with a sharp tip so you can spear fishes effectively. Remember to clean the fish thoroughly first before frying it. HUNTING FOR FOOD It’s inadvisable for people who get lost in the woods to rely on hunting for food simply because it’s an activity that requires expertise. You will only waste valuable time and energy if you insist on playing hunter. TO CATCH A FLY Insects such as bugs, for instance, are good sources of protein and fats. Forget what you see and just savor the feeling of finally having something to eat. Lastly, whatever else you do, don’t ever let panic force you to make costly mistakes. Remain calm and stay hopeful that you’ll be rescued. How To Deal With Injuries When In The Wilderness Many people head into the woods to hunt, to camp or to just feel the raw beauty of nature. But just when you are in the middle of enjoying the sweet scent of the woods and having a great time - accidents can happen anytime. If you are caught with an injury in the middle of your wilderness adventure, here are some guidelines and quick tips you need to know. Animal Bites In the wild there are a ferocious animals that can bite anyone who intrudes their property. If you are bitten by any kind of wild animal the first thing to do is wash the infected area with clean water and soap (a germicidal soap is best) as soon as you can. Scrub the wounded area just a little. After doing so, cover the wound with a clean bandage. When you head home, be sure to see your doctor to check on the wound. He may prescribe antibiotics or a tetanus booster depending on the animal bite. Insect Stings Almost all kinds of insects breed in the woods. When you feel an insect sting, remove any of the insect's remains on the affected skin. Leave the place where you got the insect sting because chances are there are a lot of insects that would bite you if you stayed there any longer. If stingers are still lodged deep in your skin, remove them by using a thin and hard material (like a credit card or your fingernail) and scrape out the foreign body. Remove jewelry, like rings, if you're fingers are affected. Tight jewelry can hinder the flow of your blood. To ease the pain, you can rub a salt and water solution or a baking soda paste on the affected area. Ankle Fracture Trekking can cause ankle fractures. If this happens, keep your ankles elevated and try not to move it. This can help minimize the pain and the swelling. If you have cold packs in your luggage, apply them to the injured area. Head Injury If you acquire head bumps, apply ice packs if they are readily available. If not, you can use ice wrapped in cloth or if you have some frozen items in your backpack you can use them as a replacement for ice. You can also make your own ice pack by mixing 1/3 cup of isopropyl alcohol and 2/3-cup water in a zip lock bag. When going into the wilderness, always remember to take along a first aid kit. This can prove to be very important if accidents and injuries happen in the middle of your trip. How To Build A Shelter In The Wilderness Without Bringing Any Supplies Was there any time that you went out for a walk to experience nature on an unfamiliar trail and almost lost your way? If you were able to come out of it safely, then you are quite lucky. But what if you are not lucky enough to make it back on the path? Then you must learn survival tips for you to survive the ordeal. 1. Look for a fallen or a leaning tree. You can use it to build your shelter on. A leaning tree will serve as the main structure for your temporary shelter. You can enclose the area around it. Make a good roof to keep you dru and out of the rain. 2. Look for brush and long-spanning leaves. These are good things to place around the tree to serve as walls and siding. Enclose your shelter as much as you can. Close it in on all sides. 3. Look for caves. Try to find big inhabited caves. Caves are often the dwelling place for bears and other wild animals. Be sure that the cave you choose does not have big animals inside and do not go deep into the cave. You might get lost and even worse. 4. Look for overhanging cliffs. Just like caves, overhanging cliffs are good places to build a shelter around. Cliffs will give you an instant roof. All you have to do is to construct the sides with big leaves and long twigs. 5. Use big rocks. If in the place you are in has a lot of big rocks nearby, then you can use those to build a shelter. Make your rock shelter following the shape of the letter U. Use driftwood as you roof. 6. Consider natural pits. In some wilderness there are natural pits created by animals or trees falling. You can use this for a shelter. Just line it with tree boughs or bark. Just make sure that there are no snakes or small animals within the area. 7. Make a wigwam. A wigwam can be constructed with the use of three long poles. Get a strong tree bark and tear it into strips. Use the strips to tie the poles together on one end. You can stand it upright or leave it lying down. Then cover the sides with leaves or boughs. These are the types of shelters you can build or use if you are unfortunately trapped in the wilderness. Just keep your body sheltered for the night. Stay where you are and wait until you can be found.