The Best Kept Secrets About Wilderness Trekking And Survival Techniques


Before winter rolls in it may be time to head off on a trek into the wilderness, to escape the chaotic world.

If your trek is likely to run over a number of days, you need to make sure that your pack is well equipped with everything you may need, including your survival kit in case the weather and conditions change dramatically.

What is Wilderness Backpacking and Trekking?

Wilderness backpacking means backpacking involving camping inside a tent or a wooden shelter on a wilderness trail. This type of trip is not to be confused with backpacking as a means of travelling from country to country to experience different cultures and ways of life.

Packing For Survival

When your out on a trail or trekking in the wilderness, you need to be well prepared, for any eventuality such as unexpected injuries or worse. To ensure that you are ready to hit the wilderness trail, you should consider some of the following additions to your backpack.

Pack Essentials

Food is one of your key essentials for your pack. You should add a small variety of non-perishable ready to eat foods that are dense in calories, making sure they contain a combination of fat, protein and carbohydrates.

Consider taking a 3-litre hydration bladder; it's easier to have extra capacity than to run out of water. 

Shelter and Space Blankets 
You may have decided to ditch the tent and opt for building a shelter. If this is the case, add a space blanket to your pack to keep you warm in the event you are stranded or lost.

Knife or Multitool 
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A useful addition to your pack is a headlight. It will enable you to travel safely in low light conditions when you need your hands free to carry your pack.

Add a map and a compass to your pack, or a GPS device.

A ten-foot length of paracord, it could be the item that saves your life.

First Aid Kit 

  • Mini Aspirin/Ibuprofen (Pill bottle wrapped in medical tape)
  • 5 Adhesive bandages
  • 2 Safety Pins
  • Antimicrobial wipes
  • Moleskin
  • 2 Antibiotic ointment packs

Survival Tips and Techniques

Here are a few tips and techniques that may help you to survive during your trek out in the wilderness.

The following surprising additions to your kit are both lightweight and take little space.

  • Tampons: You can use them to filter water, as a bandage or as material to light a fire.
  • Condoms: You can use it as waterproof storage or as an emergency latex glove.
  • Bandana/Scarf: You can use it for sun protection, as an emergency bandage or support.

The key to surviving in the wilderness is to be prepared for all eventualities, know the terrain, let people know where you're going and stay alert and alive.

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