It is absolutely imperative to be prepared for anything while backpacking through the wilderness; you never know what situation you might encounter. Your backpack is your lifeline, holding all the gear and supplies you need to survive away from society. However, space in your pack is limited.
Since it is impossible to pack enough gear to prepare for every possible disaster, smart backpackers equip themselves with survival skills instead. Skills don’t take up space or add weight, and they decrease your reliance on physical gear so you can survive longer with less. Having the right skills and a few basic tools, like an LED flashlight and a hunting knife, will increase your chances of survival.
Here’s a list of skills backpackers should acquire:
1. Start a fire without a match. If you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere, staying warm is your biggest concern. Hypothermia can kill you more quickly than dehydration or starvation. You might have brought waterproof matches, …Continue reading