Wilderness and Outdoor Survival Tactics, Strategies, Gear Advice

Discover the Essential Camping Supplies and Pointers for Wilderness Survival

To survive in the wilderness with your family, you need both knowledge and gear.  Here are the essentials…

Before You Go:

1.Learn first aid and CPR.

  • Every member of your family over the age of 12 should know these life-saving skills.  In addition, to help expedite learning, you can assign tasks by age—the oldest child is in charge of CPR certifications for the family, the next oldest is in charge of the group first aid kit, etc. Children can rotate into CPR duties as they age.

2. Choose a camping location based on your family members’ relative ages and physical abilities.

  • In terms of hiking with kids, one mile per year of age is the maximum. So if you have younger children, choose a state park with short, easy hikes.

3. Determine how your family will communicate if separated.

  • Consider the use of walkie-talkies for short distances, and teach children to use them. If a particular wilderness area has cell phone coverage, perhaps that will impact your decision. Even birdcalls are a possibility!

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