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November 23 2017

rangermadeusa

Got Lost? What to Begin with?

No matter how prepared you may think you are for the outdoors, accidents may happen and things can go wrong almost instantly.

When things go south (we don’t mean that literally), once you are over the shocking phase and cleared up your mind a little bit, there are some things to do so that you have better chances for staying alive.

1.       Take a look at your First Aid kit

Staying safe when in the outdoors is essential and you should have with you a basic First Aid kit that includes rubbing alcohol, vinyl gloves, antibiotic ointment and also some burn ointment for keeping any infection at distance. You should also have with you scissors, tweezers, eyewash, tape, gauze, bandages and liquid bandage. It wouldn’t hurt to also include some ibuprofen (it’s good for the pains), antacids, anti-diarrhea or even some laxatives. And if you’re on some medication, don’t forget to take it with you.

Don’t hesitate to put inside the First Aid kit some cotton balls, petroleum jelly or some cotton swabs. You may never know when you need to use them.

2.       Learn about local flora

Just because you’re in the middle of nowhere, doesn’t mean you can’t use the native plants around you to make a salad or to weave a basket. Try to learn about the toxic plants that may cause you skin blisters, rashes or worse. Many poisonous native plants are similar to the safe ones so try to stay away from them if you can’t really tell them apart.

Take with you some Ipecac syrup as it may save you in an emergency.

3.       Keep the insects at distance

Even though the market gives you insect repellents, there’s no way you can find them efficient when you’re in the middle of the woods. You need to make a natural insect repellent by filling a spray bottle with half water, half witch hazel and 40 ml of essential oil. There are many out there that work: clove, citronella, cypress. You should also put on some light-colored long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

You may also burn some citronella oil in your lantern or some dried sage in your campfire. And always bring with you some mosquito nets for the nights.

4.       Stay warm

they say you can survive three hours on a bad weather. But there’s no such thing as bad weather, but only bad clothing. You need to be ready and dress warmly and when it gets colder, always go for the layers. Get thermal underwear, shirt, sweater, jacket and don’t forget about some thermal socks, insulated boots, hat, scarf and some cozy gloves.
If you’re living in a humid climate, look for the quick-drying materials and fabrics that wick moisture away from your body.

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