How Do You Survive In The Wilderness Alone With Nothing?

How Do You Survive In The Wilderness Alone With Nothing?

There is a saying that says “no man is an island,” which means that no person can live without others. But for preppers, being alone is possible that even if they are in the wilderness without nothing but their clothes on, they can survive.

How do you survive in the wilderness alone with nothing? Surviving alone in the wilderness is possible if you keep yourself first warm, then find a source of water and lastly food. By following or doing these things, surviving in the wilderness is possible.

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To further know about these things, read on because this article will help you how you can survive in a wilderness without nothing.

Tips On How To Survive In The Wilderness Alone

Outdoor enthusiasts know that to survive in the wilderness without nothing isn’t easy, even for preppers. But remember that it is still possible too as long as you are equipped with the right knowledge. Follow some of these simple steps below in case you are stuck in the wilderness without nothing.

1.  Make Yourself A Shelter Or Home

As they say, Hypothermia is one of the main causes of fatalities in the wilderness. Yes, no starvation or dehydration. It doesn’t matter whether it’s summer, because experts say that even the smallest amount of rain can make you suffer from hypothermia.

That’s why it’s better to look or make your shelter as soon as possible when lost or in the wild. You can make a shelter from a rocky outcropping or a down tree with a dry ground below it.

Enhance it by putting some branches and some debris against its primary structure. And there you have it, a shelter for you in the middle of the wilderness.

2. Find For A Source Of Water

After you have built or found your shelter for the meantime, the next thing you need to do is to find a water source in the wilderness.

Some would think that it’s easy to find water, but remember that not all water found in the wild isn’t safe to drink, especially if you are in a place wherein pollution is high. But you can avoid this if you do this another option- boiling the water. You can boil the water from untreated sources.

The safe water you can find in the wild is the rainwater, and you can drink from it directly from the leaves. Preppers and some experts say that you should boil the water for at least 20 minutes.

When collecting water, use a thing that doesn’t leak. Or an old steel pot that campers have left. The insufficient water level in the body will cause yo dehydration and signs of it include dizziness, muscle cramps, low energy, headache, and loss of consciousness.

3. Search For A Source Of Food

Now that you have your shelter and water, the next thing you need to do is find food to eat. Though finding food is the least you can do in the wild. Still, it’s better if you find one so you won’t suffer from feeling weak.

There is a saying that humans can survive without food for weeks, but you won’t wait for it to happen, right? If you still have the energy to find food, do it.

Food is also essential when stuck in the wild because it can keep you warm, focused, and keep going. To stay alive in the wilderness, you need to be opportunistic and efficient, which means that you need to focus on those that give you the highest energy concentrations and are easy to find.

Foods That You Can Find And Eat In The Wild

We know that there are lots of plants and mammals in the wild that you can eat, and it is a good source of food. Check these specific foods below:

  • Look for nut foods – try to spend some time to get or find the local species of trees in the wild. Especially with these high-calorie foods like the acorns.

  • Trees with an inner bark – may sound and look isn’t tasty, but research says that this type of tree is a good source of energy. Plus, this tree has infinite supply because it’s easy to harvest, meaning you can find it in most places in the wild.

  • Berries – are said to be a good source of food survival. Why? Because it can help boost your energy level too when making your shelter. But you need to remember that you should also stay away from the poisonous ones.

  • Gather edible flowers and salad greens -when stuck in the wild, make sure to gather those with energy foods like flowers and salad greens. You can find and gather these while traveling when gathering some materials for your shelter.

  • Catch for mammals – like the squirrels and rabbits though it’s not still recommended that you’ll depend on it completely. To catch these mammals, make use of your opportunistic traits with the help of some throwing sticks.

  • Search bed nests and some eggs – are usually found on the ground and in low-hanging branches. As you move around in the wild, try to search for some bird nests among the tree roots. To cook eggs without a pan, gently tap it into the hole with 1 cm or 0.39 inches wide by 1 cm or 0.39 inches long using small branches. Use a stick to pull the coats from the fire of the edge of your fire pit.

Make a bed for eggs in a circular depression in it, place the eggs in the cool bed and let it cook for at least 5 to 10 minutes. You can tell when it’s cooked by looking through the tap hole and when it is, peel the shell off, and it’s good to eat.

Protecting Yourself Is Important To Survive In The Wilderness

We know that there are lots of elements in the wild. That’s why it’s better to keep yourself protected from them too. Especially when you’re sleeping at night, you should make sure that you’re covered with debris, dirt, and leaves.

It will help you keep warm and will serve as insulation against the cold night air. And that you need to make sure too that you won’t sweat.

When you sweat, it will dampen your bedding; thus, it affects its ability to insulate you from the cold. To avoid getting sick while in the wild, you should keep in your shelter as much as possible.

But when it rains while you’re searching for food, try to search for any possible shelter nearby. Wet can cause some illnesses and fungal infections. You wouldn’t it to happen while you’re stuck in the wild, right?

Eating late, like before going to bed, has a positive impact on your body. Yes, because when you eat late, your body will create heat as they mobilize. Eating small animals like bugs and nuts are two sources of food that can help you get warm.

Lists Of Wild Animals That You Might Encounter

Since you’re stuck in the middle of the wilderness, expect you to encounter some wild predators who live there. To help you to become familiar with them, we listed some of them and ways on how you can avoid them.

1. Bears – there are two color types of a bear that you might encounter in the wild while you’re stuck- the black and the brown bear. The black bear is slightly aggressive compared to the brown bear because they want any of your food.

While the brown bears won’t do it because they prefer to be left alone. When you see bears in the wild, especially a she-bear and her cubs, avoid them as much as possible.

2. Wolves – are one of the dangerous predators found in the wild but are already extinct. With this, it means that they’re afraid of humans as much as we’re afraid of them too.

It’s good right that you’re sure that they won’t attack you when you meet because they will think that you’re a wolves hunter. Though it’s the case, you should stay away from them as much as possible and not get too close to them.

3. Coyotes – are may be rare, but to make sure, you need to be familiarized with these predator animals too. These animals are also said to be afraid of humans, like the wolves, but in packs, they are a big threat even in large dogs. They are independent too as they can haunt their foods and can clear fences also.

To avoid being on the action with them, hide in your shelter as long as you need to, especially when you see one roaming around nearby.

4. Snakes – are one common predator that you’ll surely encounter when stuck in the wild. When looking for materials for your shelter, searching for water and food, note some of these places where they usually lie.

They can be found under some rocks, log piles, holes, bushes, and in some pieces of lumber. You already know that there are some poisonous snakes while there are some too that aren’t.

Though you know that some are poisonous, they also want you to leave them alone. Meaning you need to avoid destroying their place, and you will have your peace.

To avoid getting bitten by a snake, when they’re near, as much as possible, don’t move. Make sure that this situation is the least that should happen to you because no one can help and save you but yourself. 

Being A Prepper Is Important To Survive

We know that some prefer to be a prepper for whatever situation is. Aside from the fact that being a prepper will help you to survive, it’ll give you peace of mind too.

Though learning how to survive in the wild is easy and possible, you’re still better off, especially when you are prepared. Below are among the things that you need to prepare to survive in the wild:

Create A Survival Shelter

Sleep on a survival shelter so you will get used to the wilderness alone. You can start building one in a place where warm weather occurs. Then get back to it several times, by doing this, you’re preparing your body to embrace this type of weather and condition.

You can tweak at it sometimes and camp in it, especially during harsher conditions.

Learn The Bow Drill

It is said to be the easiest way to make a fire. To do this, you need a string of a bow, rocks, and some softwoods. Start it by positioning your softwoods in the firepit to make triangular cuts on edge. Pull the drill in the hile with a string of a bow, wrapped around in a single loop. Let the bow parallel to the ground.

Hold the softwood using your foot and place the top of the drill on the rocks to secure the position. And draw the bow back and forth to draw some friction and eventually make a spark.

Don’t forget to prepare for a survival kit, even with a tinies amount of the basic needs. These needs can be put in a handy bag where you can bring wherever you go into the wild. Even with these tiniest needs, it will make a big difference too.

To help you build or prepare a survival kit, here are some of the things that you should include:

  • A parachute cord or a string of bow to help you make a fire in the wild.
  • A sharp knife that can be used for making your shelter and when searching for food.
  • Fishing Line
  • Wood mittens and a piece of a scarf to help you keep warm.
  • A bottle of water to help you keep hydrated.
  • Some basic medicines like fever, colds, and cough.


Overall, surviving in the wild is possible as long as you follow and remember those simple tips that we listed. This article also taught us that though it’s possible to survive in the wild without nothing, being a prepper is still essential.

With the help of this article, you also learned that the first thing you prioritize to survive in the wild is to make a shelter. And this article helps you realize that nature is unpredictable because of the sources it offers.