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    Updated on Aug 27, 2020. Posted on Aug 24, 2020

    19 Bushcraft Survival Tips For Anyone Who Wants To Camp In The Wild

    Get those survival skills.

    Bushcraft camping is all about wilderness survival skills and learning how to thrive in nature. 🏕

    1. Know your basics with the "five Cs of survivability."

    2. Learn how to properly pack your backpack for easy access to the most important items — and so you don't forget anything essential.

    3. And test your kit on a short trip to make sure you're not overpacking.

    4. Teach yourself different types of knots that'll come in handy whether you're setting up a tent, tying up a hammock, or performing first aid.

    5. And learn how to coil cordage so it doesn't get tangled.

    How to make a hank of rope
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    For more on this and other wilderness survival tips, check out this super useful video from TA Outdoors.

    Cordages are one of the five Cs mentioned above as necessary tools for survival.

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    But if you don't prep your loose cordage correctly, it can get tangled up, which can make you lose precious time (and light) when setting up camp. The technique demonstrated above is the most convenient and tidiest way to coil cordage. Watch more here.

    6. If you're not sure how much daylight there is left in the day, use this cool trick to measure it with your hand.

    7. Memorize the methods for building a campfire.

    Infographics that shows how to build a campfire

    8. If the ground is too wet to start a fire, you can make a portable stove out of a can.

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    Just make one cut along the length of the tin can, and then two more cuts, one at the top and one at the bottom of the first one. Open the can along the cuts and place twigs and kindling in the opening, start your fire, and get cooking! Watch more here.

    9. And you can use the can as a candle holder too.

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    The open panels will protect the flame from the wind.

    10. Get familiar with different types of wood so you know which one to use to start a fire.

    11. In a pinch, you can use hand sanitizer to help ignite a fire.

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    Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are highly flammable — which can come in handy if you want to start a fire. Here's how to use gel as an igniter.

    12. Learn about different methods to cook in the wild –like cooking on a rock.

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    This video shows you how to cook on a rock.

    13. Use pine needles as mosquito repellent.

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    You can crush some pine needles in your hands and rub the oil on your clothes, or you can also burn some pine needles in your campfire to keep mosquitoes at bay. Watch more here.

    14. Learn about all the ways to make shelters using tarp.

    15. Flip the battery upside down in your headlamp when you're not using it, so it doesn't accidentally turn on when it's in your bag and run out of power.

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    Headlamps are a necessary camping tool and there is nothing more frustrating than realizing your lamp got switched on while bumping around in your bag and is now out of power. To avoid this inconvenience, flip the battery upside down when you pack your lamp for the day. All you'll have to do is flip it back the right way when you need it in the evening. Watch more here.

    16. If your shoes got wet, place hot stones in them to dry them up.

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    Just put a few stones on the embers to heat them up, then carefully place them inside your boots using sticks to move them so you don't burn yourself. That way your boots will warm up from the inside and the outside and will dry up faster. More here.

    17. Learn how to recognize animal tracks so you know what wildlife you're surrounded with.

    Types of animal tracks

    18. And use a zipper as a makeshift fishing hook.

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    This also works with ring-tabs from discarded cans. Watch more here.

    19. Learn about the plants you can (and cannot) eat in the wild.

    What are your best tips for bushcraft camping and wilderness survival? Share in the comments below!

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