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For the city slicker looking to conquer the great outdoors and survive to tell about it, here’s a quick list of a
few things that will help you get by on your next big adventure and get back home in one piece.
T E X T BY R O S PR A D O
1. Start Small. Conquering The
Appalachian Trail might sound
exciting, but starting small is the
key to success. Begin by camping out in the
backyard on the weekends, and work your
way up to bigger adventures.
2. Dress appropriately. Research
the terrain and environment of your
chosen location and dress accordingly.
Temperatures may drop significantly when the
sun goes down, so make sure to have something
warm and snuggly handy.
3. Buy purification tablets. No matter
how prepared you think you are, you
won’t survive in the wilderness unless
you have drinkable water. Don’t risk drinking dirty
water — you WILL regret it. Carry purification
tablets to assure you stay hydrated and healthy,
no matter where the winding roads take you.
Contact loved ones. Getting lost
in the wild is a very real possibility
— and most people’s biggest
nightmare. Let your friends and family know
about your plans and schedule so that they can
keep an eye out for you, and start worrying if
you’re not back when planned.
5. Carry a lighter. Making fire can
be a lot harder than it looks in the
movies. To conserve energy, time and
your emotional well-being, carry a lighter. Let’s
repeat this: Carry a lighter if you’re planning to
spend a significant amount of time in the great
outdoors. You can take a small one that will
not occupy too much space, but make sure it’s
filled up and ready to use.
6. Learn to read a map. You’re
probably used to Siri’s voice telling
you exactly where to turn — but in the
wild, Siri will be someone you used to know
back when you treaded in civilication. Learning
how to use and read a map sans the GPS is an
essential survival skill in the wild.
7. Pack snacks. No matter how long
you plan to explore the outdoors,
it’s inevitable — you’re going to get
hungry. What’s even more likely is that you
don’t have much experience on hunting
properly. So pack high-protein snacks to keep
you sane, full and alive.
8. Bring bug spray. This might
seem silly and you might not want
to deal with the extra weight, but
if you don’t protect yourself, you’d better
be prepared to be munched on by flying
creatures who’s sole purpose on this planet
is to suck your blood. Avoid the itch none of
us wants to be scratching all day and night.