7 Bushcraft Habits That Hold You Back
Almost everyone at some point feels like a slave to this technology driven life that we have all grown accustomed to, and are taken over by the sudden urge to rekindle with Mother Earth and the nature that it beholds; to discover its naturally resourceful elements and try to live off of them without the constant buzzing of your daily life.
To feel free, and independent; shackled by nothing and no one.
Living off the grid is adventurous and fun only until you realize you forgot an essential part of your survival kit, or, that you don’t know anything about the basics of disaster survival or even survival only on natural means.
Learning the art of bushcraft can be very tricky, and especially so when you have habits that can act like great obstacles when you are trying to make your way through the wilderness.
Here are a few bad bushcraft habits and mistakes that you should avoid:
7) Staying Dehydrated
Always keep yourself properly hydrated and keep extra bottles of water handy.
You never know where or when you might need water, and from washing off a wound to basically just consumption, water can be used in many helpful ways.
Imagine being dehydrated in the middle of nowhere and with no sign of life to been seen around, doesn’t sound fun does it?!
Running dehydrated when you are climbing or hiking through treacherous terrains or wild landscapes is very strenuous, and it can actually become a great hazard to your health.
Not just that, making sure that the water you consume is clean is also very necessary; you never know what it has floating around in there! Feces, chemicals, chlorine, you name it!
6) Building a Fire is a Necessary Skill
Learn how to build a fire, it as easy as they show it on the television (we’re kidding).
Although learning to build a fire from wood or stone can be tricky and may require a lot of practice, it is a very helpful device which lets cook, stay war, light your way in the dark, and so on.
It is also very essential for purifying water by boiling, so realize that there’s no running away from it.
However, if you’re not careful about where you build your fires or whether you put them out or not, you could end up destroying the wilderness and yourself in the process.
Forest fires are massive forces which are hard to control, so try not risking hundreds of animal and plant life because you’re lazy.
Get off your butt and try to get some wood top practice with.
5) Don’t forget the First Aid-Kit
Forgetting things is another habit you will probably have to completely say farewell to.
Disaster and wilderness survival involves remembering many little things that can make a huge difference, so if you lack on the memory, you’ll either be making many trips to the same place, or realize that this is not your game.
The most necessary thing that you cannot afford forgetting is a first aid kit.
Make sure to keep a lot of band aids and anti-septic, because you never know where or when you might hurt yourself and when you do happen to face a slight injury or cuts, which are very normal, you should have anti-septic to keep them from getting infected.
Sometimes, even mosquito bites can be fatal, so make sure you pack along some repellant that you can just rub on to stay safe from any kind of harmful insect bites (you can get honey bee repellants too! *LIFESAVER*
4) Learn How to Identify Plants
Try reading about and identifying as many plants and fruits as you can to avoid poisoning yourself when you’re off in the wilderness trying to locate some food.
Plants can also serve as great medicine, so make sure you know which plant you should be using for what purpose.
You can find a variety of edible plants in the wilderness, but you have to be careful, lack of knowledge can actually kill you.
Imagine lying paralyzed on the forest floor, foam bubbling out of your mouth. Scary isn’t it?
Now go start searching online for the kinds of plants you can come across where you’re headed.
3) Know About Hypothermia
Again, we come to the basic lack of knowledge.
Nights in wooded areas surrounded by a lot of large trees that engulf the forest can get rather cold and sometimes there might be heavy rain, which can make it really cold.
Keep spare blankets and warm clothes to avoid conditions like hypothermia, and stay close to the fire to prevent any kind of sickness. Always check the weather predictions when you are planning to go off in to the wilderness, because just a little bit of extra rain can get you trapped, wet and cold.
2) Always Mark your Tracks
To avoid getting lost in the mighty woods, keep marking your tracks with anything that will help you remember the way through which you came.
Tie a piece of cloth from tree branches, and use a bright color, or use markers to make arrows, have it any way you like.
1) Keep a Survival guide
For all the preppers who are just beginning, there are many brief guides that can offer some very helpful survival tips.
It could be very handy and doesn’t occupy much space, plus, you have something to read along the way.