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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Know How To Treat A Snake Bite For Outdoor Survival

Western Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus le...Image by GregTheBusker via FlickrKnow How To Treat A Snake Bite For Outdoor Survival

Whether you are simply hiking through the woods or stranded in the wilderness, you must know how to treat a snake bite in an emergency.  Snakes are a real danger to your survival.  In the United States alone, nearly 8,000 people get bit by poisonous snakes each year.  Even the snakes that are considered to be generally safe, can cause allergic reactions in some individuals.

Rattlesnakes, coral snakes, cottonmouth water moccasin, and copperhead snakes are all capable of causing poisonous bites.  The symptoms of poisonous snake bites vary from person to person, but swelling at the site of the bite, severe localized pain, and burning is common.  Other symptoms include dizziness, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, numbness, and convulsions.

Of course, contacting EMS for help after a snake bite is the ideal plan of action, but when you are out in the wilderness, this isn't always an option.  There are some things you can do until you get proper medical attention to treat the snake bite.

Wash the wound with soap and water if possible.  It is a good idea to immobilize the area of the snake bite as much as possible, just like you would do to splint a broken limb.  Hold the limb lower than the heart.  Apply a bandage above the bite by 2 to 4 inches.  The band should be loose enough to slide a finger underneath it.  The idea is to slow the venom from reaching the heart without cutting off the circulation completely to the area.

If you have a snake bite survival kit available to you, use it.  The suction device will remove some of the venom from the bite, but not much and it needs to be applied immediately after the bite.  If this is not available, DO NOT cut the area of the snake bite open and use your mouth to suck out the venom.  This is a complete waste of time and will only make the wound worse.

Ultimately, you will need anti-venom. If you know you will be traveling in a snake prone area, it is always a good idea to keep a snake bite survival kit with you whenever you are in remote locations in the wilderness.

Of course, the best way to know how to treat snake bites is by avoiding snakes altogether. 

If you are gathering firewood or hunting shelter in caves be cautious of snakes.  These animals can strike quickly.  Often people are surprised to learn how far a snake can strike.  The best advice is to turn away from any snake if at all possible.

Knowing what to do during a snake bite emergency can make survival possible.  Always be prepared for the unexpected.

Wear sturdy shoes and long pants when traveling in the woods to prevent a snake bite.  Also, be extremely careful when gathering fire wood.  Snakes like to hide beneath logs for shelter.

Avoiding snakes is the best prevention for a snake bite.  Appropriate clothing is another way to prevent a terrible bite from a poisonous snake.  If a snake bite occurs, grab the snake bite survival kit in your gear to treat it immediately.  Get medical attention as soon as possible.

See you on the trail,
--Greg  

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Your Mind Is The Best Tool For Outdoor Survival

Your Mind Is The Best Tool For Outdoor Survival

If you should ever become lost and stranded in the wilderness, what is the best tool to ensure survival?  Is it your pocket knife or fire starter?  No, neither of these items are your best tool for survival.  It is your mind that is your greatest asset and it can help you to survive in nearly any outdoor survival situation.

Realizing you are lost or stranded in the wilderness can be very scary, frustrating, and confusing.  Try not to panic.  Breathe deeply and let your mind focus.  It is a good idea to sit down for a few moments and relax until you can think clearly.  There is no need to waste energy by wandering around aimlessly.  Direct your emotions into positive activity such as getting your bearings or choosing the location for your shelter.                       

Gather your thoughts together.  Take this time to assess the situation.  Take a good look at your outdoor survival kit.  Check your pockets, backpack, or vehicle for items that may be useful.  You have valuable items that can be very helpful around you when you stop and think about it.

Now is the time to make mental notes of the outdoor survival skills that you have learned in the past from reading, watching TV, or school.  What was it that you planned to do in survival situations?  You have undoubtedly thought this through before in your mind.  Now is the time to instill your plan and bring it to action.   

Try not to over think the situation.  Do your best to avoid becoming overwhelmed.  Prioritize what needs to be done for survival.  Make a mental to-do list and get started.

Protecting yourself from the elements is usually the first priority.  Look around and see what options are available for shelter.  Use items in the environment to lessen your work.  Nature may have already provided the shelter you need.  Look for caves or overhangs, for example.  

Building a fire is of utmost importance.  Fire can fend off dangerous and annoying animals.  You can also use a fire to signal for help while staying warm.  Once you have your shelter in place, you may need to start a fire for melting ice, cooking, or heat.

Locating water is another priority that should be high on your survival to-do list.  Everyone needs water to remain hydrated.  Dehydration results in weakness and lowered mental capacity.  These are two problems you can live without.  Do not wait until you are out of water to search for a water source.  This is not a good plan of action.  You want your mind to be functioning at its highest capacity.

Trying to maintain a positive attitude is absolutely key to your survival in this extreme situation.  Keep your thoughts clear and productive.  Assessing the situation and using what is available will allow you to survive.  Prioritizing things to do will help to keep your mind focused on your goal of survival.  When you can remain Focused and well rested, your mind will work well to provide you the positive attitude you need to get through the survival situation.

See you on the trail,
--Greg  

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Helpful Hints For Survival When Driving In Remote Locations

Helpful Hints For Survival When Driving In Remote Locations

Driving in remote areas can be exciting and fun. But, it can also be extremely dangerous.  If you are planning a trip through remote locations, it is wise to be prepared in the event of an emergency.  Nobody wants to use their outdoor survival skills, but it is best to have a survival kit handy...just in case, to be on the safe side.

One of the greatest plans for survival when driving in remote areas, is to plan a particular route for travel.  Be certain that you tell friends and family members where you are going, and the route you plan to take.  You may want to leave a map with family indicating your route with a highlighter.  This may seem to be going a little far, but it can save your life!

Another important piece of information to leave with others, is the time when you plan to return home from the trip.  This will help people to be aware if something is amiss when you haven't returned on time.  If there is a change of plans during the trip, remember to notify your family and friends with a phone call or text message, this way, they won't be worried about you.

If tragedy strikes and an emergency arises and you get stranded in a remote location, always stay with the vehicle whenever possible.  Studies indicate that venturing out looking for help isn't the safest plan for survival.  Remaining near the vehicle will offer a better chance of being spotted.  Also, your vehicle may prove to be useful for shelter during this time.  Your family and friends know the route where you were traveling.  This will help the search and rescue crews to find you quickly.

It is possible to survive for several days inside a vehicle with a proper survival kit.  Make sure your car emergency survival kit is stocked and available before you depart for your destination.  This simple step can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.  Check your car emergency survival kit regularly to restock any missing items or replace any outdated food products.

It is not just important to have the right tools in the car emergency survival kit when driving in remote locations.  More importantly, you must know how to use the tools properly.  Take the time to familiarize yourself with the items in the survival kit.  Know what each item is used for, and how to operate it successfully.  If you don't know how to use the item In an emergency, the item is useless and will not allow you to survive.

Knowing what to do and having the tools available at the time of an emergency can mean the difference between life and death.  Always be prepared when traveling in remote areas by planning ahead.  Know your route and tell your friends.  Also, have a survival kit ready if you should need it.  Finally, know how to use the items in the survival kit to be on the safe side.  You can never be too prepared for an emergency when driving in remote areas.  Your survival may depend on it in the future.

See you on the trail,
--Greg  

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