Let’s assume you find yourself in the situation of… losing your backpack and not only you need to build a shelter or build a rescue fire, but you also have to stay healthy and clean until someone comes to the rescue.
Joke aside, even though you may not see it, it’s important to keep your health while doing your best to survive. From keeping the insects at distance to cleaning yourself with whatever nature offers you, it’s important to know some tips when trying to survive in the outdoors.
Some distilled water
If there is no river or lake anywhere near you, getting clean water is a bit of a challenge. Water is essential for survival (we can only survive three days without water!) since our bodies are made of water (70%!) and we do need it to survive. Of course, we talk about fresh water and not any kind of water.
You may get a clear bag (if you have one) and tie it over some live leaves. As plants transpire all the time, they lose purified water and you may very well use it. If you need water in a couple of hours, this is a fast solution to rely on. Even though it doesn’t come in large amounts or very fast, you do get good, clean water.
The more bags you have, the bigger amount of water that you can gather. You may want to start doing it as you get to your site. By the time you’re done with building your shelter or lighting the fire, you already got some water in the bag.
Some natural insect repellant
Insects aren’t just annoying when in the woods, but they can become very dangerous too so you need to keep them far away from you.
The bloodsucking mosquitoes are incredibly annoying and there are some natural ways for you to keep them away from you.
You could make yourself unattractive to insects by cutting some onions or wild leeks, crushing them and rubbing them all over your body. You’re not going to smell that nice for a while (it’s not like you’re supposed to go on a date, anyways), but you’re going to keep the mosquitos 10 ft. away from you.
You can also burn some bushes close to you, as long as you’re very carefully by doing it. You should avoid inhaling that smoke too as it’s not healthy for you.
If none of these methods works, you can also spread mud on your exposed parts of your body so you get a bug repellent/mud/sun screen bath altogether.
Wilderness toilet paper anyone?
this is definitely not a topic for a date, but this doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it. Going to the bathroom in the wilderness isn’t fun at all.
You may get some infections in the anal region if you didn’t use the right plant or didn’t properly check the plant before using it.
Some even catch infections in the mouth and in open sores for not properly washing their hands.
This is why you need to plan ahead and check some proper ways for thorough sanitation when in the outdoors.
In many cases, a handful of grass may do, but you do need to properly wash it off with some clean water. Some good-sized leaves are going to work their tricks also.
No matter your method, make sure it’s not poison ivy or a leaf with natural predatory repelling irritants. Wash it thoroughly and meticulously.
If you’re near a river, it’s even better! You simple wash off for cleaning or use some smooth stones (don’t forget to rinse them off) instead.
It’s best to find the sources of your “toilet paper” before the moment is there.
We’re not talking about dining as in a restaurant when in the outdoors, but eating food in a nice and hygienic way.
You need to make sure that you’re eating out of something that is very clean as you don’t want to get some stomach bacteria and fight some food poisoning in the wilderness later on.
Everything that gets inside you may have an effect on your body so you need to be very careful when eating and what you’re eating from as well.
Obviously enough, you’re not going to have any plates on you, especially when you’re trying to survive. You may very well use some roasted orange peels instead, though.
Yes, they’re rather small and quite fragile, but they’re better than eating off the ground and…keeping your fingers crossed.
Creating your orange peel bowl isn’t difficult and you simply cut an orange in half, cleaning it out the insides properly. You continue by roasting the skin so that you give it enough firmness to hold your food.
If oranges aren’t an option, you may very well use some basswood or burdock leaves as plates.
Some organic flu medicine
As you’re wandering off in the wilderness, the risk for you to catch a flu is quite high. You may not have on you any medicine so you should get some help from Mother Nature.
The elderberry is a plants that has been used for centuries as a natural solution against colds, sinus infections and flu. It cleans your body and blood cells of pathogens. You may confidently use the leaves, stems, berries and flowers too. You simply boil it and drink it in a cup or an orange skin (your “plate”) to minimize sweating.
There are some other herbal solutions for flu and ginger and boneset are very good examples on that. Staying healthy and flu-free is fundamental when you’re struggling to survive.
You may not see it, but you can’t really make it out there unless you have your health. and health does mean with no injuries, stings from insects, no flu symptoms nor stomach bugs. But, should you ever lose your health while trying to survive, look around for some natural remedies. Nature has its ways of helping us whenever in need.