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9 Wilderness Survival Techniques Every Outdoorsman Should Know | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #43

9 Wilderness Survival Techniques Every Outdoorsman Should Know | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #43

Welcome back to The S.K. Blog for edition #43. If you're new here, welcome! Having a solid set of wilderness survival techniques in your arsenal is essential. Nature can be unpredictable, and knowing how to navigate its challenges can mean the difference between an unforgettable journey and a dangerous ordeal. In today's blog, we'll explore some key wilderness survival techniques that every adventurer should know before setting out into the great outdoors.

1. Prioritize Shelter Building

In the wild, having proper shelter is crucial for protection against harsh weather conditions. Learn how to construct different types of shelters using available materials such as downed trees, branches, brush, and rocks. Practice setting up these shelters before your adventure, so you're prepared to build one if the need arises.

2. Master Fire-Making Skills

Fire provides warmth, light, and a means of cooking food. Familiarize yourself with various fire-making methods like using a fire starter, flint and steel, or even friction-based techniques like the bow drill. Carry waterproof matches or lighters as backup and ensure you know how to locate dry kindling and fuel.

3. Find Safe Water Sources


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Access to clean water is vital for survival. Learn to identify and locate natural water sources like streams and rivers, but remember to purify the water before drinking. Boiling, using water purification tablets, or employing portable water filters are effective methods to ensure the water is safe to consume.

4. Acquire Basic First Aid Skills

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Accidents can happen, even to the most prepared adventurers. Knowing basic first aid can be a lifesaver. Learn how to clean and dress wounds, manage fractures, and recognize symptoms of common outdoor ailments like hypothermia and dehydration.

Pro Tip: When severe (or any) bleeding arises - always remember - pressure pressure pressure! Compress the wound and stop the bleed.

5. Navigation and Orienteering

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Getting lost in the wilderness can be a nightmare. Equip yourself with a map, compass, or GPS device, and learn how to use them effectively. Understanding basic navigation techniques can help you find your way back to safety.

6. Signal for Help

In case of an emergency, being able to signal for help is crucial. Carry a whistle, signal mirror, or other signaling devices that can help rescuers locate you more easily.

7. Food Sourcing and Identification

While packing enough food is essential, knowing how to forage for edible plants and identify safe wildlife for consumption can extend your survival in case your food supply runs low. However, only consume what you are certain is safe to eat.

8. Stay Calm and Positive

One of the most important survival tools is your mindset. Staying calm and positive can help you make rational decisions even in stressful situations. Panic can lead to poor choices that could jeopardize your safety.

9. Carry Essential Gear

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Pack a well-stocked survival kit that includes items like a knife, rope, fixed blade, extra clothing, and a compact emergency blanket. Having these tools at hand can significantly enhance your chances of surviving unforeseen circumstances.


In conclusion, venturing into the wilderness can be a rewarding experience, but it comes with inherent risks. By learning and practicing these wilderness survival techniques, you'll be better equipped to handle unexpected challenges and enjoy your outdoor adventure with even greater confidence. Remember, preparation and knowledge are the keys to a safe and unforgettable journey into the wild.

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About The Author:

CEO & Founder of Shed Knives, W. Jack Billings

Jack Billings is the 19 year old CEO and Founder of Shed Knives, a rising manufacturer of high-quality fixed blade bushcraft knives. With over 5 years of experience as a knife maker, he has developed a reputation for crafting durable, reliable knives that are designed for outdoor enthusiasts and bushcrafters alike. Jack started making knives at the age of 13 and has been refining his craft ever since.

In addition to his expertise in knife making, Jack has a High School Degree from POLYTECH High School, where he studied Automotive Technology and obtained his ASE Certification. He is also a content creator for Shed Knives and has reached the eyes of over 600,000 people across the world through his work.

When he's not working on knives, Jack enjoys exploring the outdoors and has a passion for bushcraft. He also has a passion for the automotive world and enjoys learning about new technologies and advancements. Additionally, he has a great interest in language and is studying Spanish, German, and Arabic.

Jack's personal mission is to constantly improve himself, his products, and his processes in order to stay ahead of the rapidly changing interests of the knife industry and to surpass the competition. He takes great pride in American manufacturing and is committed to contributing to the growth of the world knife industry through his work.


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