Camping Tips and Tricks That Would Help in a Survival Situation

By Guest Author Kimberly Grimms

Remember your first ever camping trip? It was summer and the weather was perfect. You were excited to be with nature and thrilled to experience fun, memorable adventures that the great outdoors could offer.

The night before, you thought you prepared just the right amount of supplies you need for survival. You’re confident that you got everything covered before you left the comforts of your home. And then camping day arrived. You realized that the hike was harder than you expected; each step felt like a never-ending assault to the top of the mountain. You were extremely exhausted and almost felt the urge to turn back and go home.

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You continued walking and suddenly, you tripped over a huge rock and injured yourself. To make things worse, while you were bleeding and in pain, you realized that no one in the group has a first aid kit. 

Not a single band-aid to cover your wound. That’s just too bad.

Now that you’re a little older and wiser, you were able to formulate your own wilderness survival tips. 

Before you share the list with your family and friends, when they’re prepping for their outdoor trip, read on and discover more camping hacks that can be useful, even during survival scenarios.

Water Source to Rehydrate

According to a study conducted in Indiana, USA in 2003, 156 out of 280 backpackers said that diarrhea is one of the main problems encountered during camping. The risk of getting diarrhea was greater for those who use streams or ponds as water source. Since clean water is essential but scarce especially in the wild, you should consider taking oral rehydration salts with you all the time. This will help replace the fluids and electrolytes you lose especially after the tough hike.

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Speaking of rehydration, you need to replenish the water inside your body lost during perspiration to keep you going. The amount of water you should drink depends on the climate, the amount of energy you exert, and your own individual needs. Part of this preparedness guide and a good rule of thumb is to bring at least 3 to 4 liters of water per person. 

When you run out of clean drinking water, you must find any water source like rivers or lakes, and then purify it. Use any piece of cloth such as a clean shirt or unused towels or socks as a filter. Put the water into a rolling boil for 1 minute to kill the bacteria and let it cool for about 30 minutes before drinking it.

Food for the Hungry Camper

Being a good prepper means knowing how to plan for the worst possible situation. There will come a time when you won’t be able to bring a well-prepared, gourmet food on the table because you just don’t have the right ingredients.

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That is why, from now on, you should consider saving all those Tic-Tac boxes or any compact candy packages you buy. Why? Because they can help you store the essential spices you need like salt and pepper. It’s spill-proof and convenient to use. Pack this with your survival food kits and prepare a flavorful grilled Angus steak, as if you’re cooking in your own kitchen.

Fire Starters and Light Source

How to kindle a campfire is an important survival skill. Easily start a fire when it’s cooking time, also to provide light and warmth, by using cotton pads dipped in wax. You can also use those Doritos chips you’ve been saving for midnight snack.

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Flashlights and headlamps are the usual battery-operated light source during camping trips. They come in different sizes, weights, and light output or brightness. Some of them come at really affordable prices, so you don’t have an excuse not to carry one. You can maximize the light it produces by pointing it through a jug of water. Make use of this instant lamp especially when arranging your food kits or tidying up things inside your own tent.

Sleeping Comfortably

Having trouble sleeping? That’s probably because your groundsheet isn’t enough to provide a comfortable “bed”. Consider adding foam floor tiles in your list of to-bring to transform your tent flooring into a softer base. Put them together and expect a good night’s sleep, even when you’re in the woods. With this camping hack, you won’t need to wake up tomorrow morning with a terrible backache.

In addition to the foam floor, you can also invest in a quality sleeping bag. It’s compact and lightweight so you won’t have a hard time carrying it inside your pack. More importantly, it will give your tent a homey feel and keep you warm at night.

The Kit Inside

Some people are just plain lucky to experience the wild unscathed. If you’re not one of them, you better be ready with emergency survival kits that would aid common causes of inconveniences such as bruises, muscle pains, or even headaches and colds. Reuse your empty Altoids tin to store medicines. 

In camp survival, you must be able to pack everything you need inside one bag that you can easily carry. If you have lots of different bottles that contain your shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, sunscreen, or insect repellent, there’s not going to be enough space for you to throw everything in. To address this, simply fill pieces of straw cut-outs to make single-use packets instead of bringing the whole bottle. Make sure that you seal them properly to prevent them from spilling. You can also use your creativity in putting colorful labels in it.

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Camping trips are not only about having fun with your family or friends. More than the satisfaction and memorable experiences you gain, they also give you the proper training to plan ahead and be adaptable in order to survive disasters, calamities, or any emergency situation that might happen in the future. Take advantage of what you learned. Life and death decisions are made within seconds, that’s why you need to have the right amount of preparedness in any survival scenario.