NEW TO OL.COM: Survival Tip of the Day

By Rich Johnson Study local wind patterns before erecting a shelter, and keep the opening opposite the direction of the night wind. TO SEE MORE TIPS LIKE THESE, VISIT OUR SURVIVAL CENTER HEREOutdoor Life Online Editor
By Rich Johnson Before building a fire on cold or damp ground, construct a solid firebase of stone or green logs to keep the fire up off the ground where moisture from below can weaken the blaze. TO SEE MORE TIPS LIKE THESE, VISIT OUR SURVIVAL CENTER HEREOutdoor Life Online Editor
By Rich Johnson In your pocket, carry a folded sheet of heavy-duty tin foil to be used for fashioning a pot in which to boil water. TO SEE MORE TIPS LIKE THESE, VISIT OUR SURVIVAL CENTER HEREOutdoor Life Online Editor
By Rich Johnson To help prevent blisters, remove boots and socks frequently during long treks to rest your feet and allow the boots and socks to air out and dry. TO SEE MORE TIPS LIKE THESE, VISIT OUR SURVIVAL CENTER HEREOutdoor Life Online Editor
By Rich Johnson When facing a cougar that insists on a confrontation, stand tall, reach up and out with your arms to make yourself look bigger. Never run, because that will trigger an attack. TO SEE MORE TIPS LIKE THESE, VISIT OUR SURVIVAL CENTER HEREOutdoor Life Online Editor
By Rich Johnson Always gather dry tinder material as you encounter it, and store it in a dry place, because you cannot be confident of finding good tinder when you need it most. TO SEE MORE TIPS LIKE THESE, VISIT OUR SURVIVAL CENTER HEREOutdoor Life Online Editor
By Rich Johnson If you are unable to find a fresh source of water, dig a seep hole in damp ground and allow water to ooze into the depression. To keep your water filter from clogging, let water in a freshly dug seep hole settle for an hour before filtering for drinking. TO SEE MORE TIPS LIKE THESE, VISIT OUR SURVIVAL CENTER HEREOutdoor Life Online Editor
By Rich Johnson In hot weather, naturally seek the shade as you hike, moving from one shaded area to the next. Move slowly and inhale through your nose to help prevent dehydrating your lungs. TO SEE MORE TIPS LIKE THESE, VISIT OUR SURVIVAL CENTER HEREOutdoor Life Online Editor
By Rich Johnson In cold weather, start seeking or building your overnight shelter about three hours before sundown, to give you time to secure against the elements, get a fire going and gather firewood. TO SEE MORE TIPS LIKE THESE, VISIT OUR SURVIVAL CENTER HEREOutdoor Life Online Editor
By Rich Johnson Never pass up any discarded materials. Examine every piece of litter you find to determine ways to put it to use. A piece of a tin can or broken bottle glass can be used as a cutting edge. TO SEE MORE TIPS LIKE THESE, VISIT OUR SURVIVAL CENTER HEREOutdoor Life Online Editor
By Rich Johnson
,br> In a lightning storm, avoid open ground, avoid high places, and avoid water. Also avoid fences that might conduct electricity over a long distance.
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