Knowing how to survive outdoors and on your own is a lost art. I love learning about survival techniques and how to be prepared. Are you prepared for an outdoor emergency? Do you know your survival skills? Take this survival quiz to find out!
Being exposed to cold air, rain/snow, and wind can easily cause hypothermia. One sure sign of it is uncontrolled shivering.
Most cases of hypothermia occur between 30 and 50 degrees. At this temperature range, a person is less likely to know that they are cold and won’t do anything about it until it’s too late.
Whether it be rain, snow, or sweat, water conducts heat 240 times faster than still air. Your body heat is taken away incredibly quickly, making you cold, really fast.
Cacti do store a lot of moisture but they protect it well with spikes and a thick surface. Even if you have a knife long enough to cut all the way through to the wet pulp, the water that you might squeeze out will taste bitter. It’s also likely to cause vomiting which will lead to further dehydration.
Animals have different digestive organs and enzymes within their bodies. What’s safe for them to eat isn’t necessarily safe for humans. (and vice versa)
Stuff a map, newspaper, pine needles, or any other dry material to help insulate you from the cold.
Humans can only survive 3 to 5 days without water, depending on the climate/temperature. We can go 3-5 weeks without food.
For example: three large signal fires; three X’s in an open field; three whistle blasts; or three flags. All should bring rescue if spotted or heard.
Staying positive is detrimental to your survival. Stay calm, think things through, and stay positive.
The most important assessment in first aid are the ABC’s – checking for Airway, Breathing, and Circulation.
A: Check that their airway is clear.
B: Is the victim breathing?
C: Check for a pulse.
Get certified in CPR and first aid from the Red Cross to be prepared.
How did you do? Let me know if you have any other survival tips!
(If you want more information, check out Wilderness Survival by Suzanne Swedo. I used this book as a reference for this quiz.)