1. Food is NOT your biggest problem
Most city people, if asked about the first thing they would do if they were lost in the wild, and you would probably get an answer something like this…”I would start looking for something to eat”. Food is important but there are far more dangerous and immediate threats to your life than the lack of food.
Remember the Rule of 3’s
The rule of 3’s tells us we can make it three minutes without air, three hours without shelter, three days without water and three weeks without food. As you can see food is way down on the priority list.
Rule of 3’s
In any extreme situation you cannot survive for more than:
3 minutes without air
3 hours without shelter
3 days without water
3 weeks without food.
Most people who die in the wilderness die from hypothermia or dehydration.
Get your shelter and a potable water supply in place before you even think about searching for food.
Back to the rule of threes…Fire can be considered a form of shelter since it will keep your body warm, and it will dry you out if you are wet. Another important factor of fire is that it will help purify your water. I always try to have at least three ways to make a fire when I am out. In a true survival situation I would “cheat” and use my most sure method (road flare).
3. Your campsite is your castle
If you stay put, pick campsite near your car, or if you were hiking some landmark, such as a large dead tree or a creek. Camp up away from creeks and rivers, the sound of running water doesn't cover the sound of searcher voices calling your name and can also hide the sound potential threats. Your shelter can protect you from the sun, insects, wind, rain, snow, hot or cold temperatures, and enemy observation. It can give you a feeling of well-being. It can help you maintain your will to survive. In some areas, your need for shelter may take precedence over your need for food and possibly even your need for water. Learn How to Build a Wilderness Survival Shelter