Survival Tips For Camping In The Wilderness


The beauty of adventure travel is the flexibility and freedom of pitching a tent and taking in everything around you. From smells and sounds to breathtaking sights, there’s a lot to be said for braving the wild and getting back to basics. If you’re an intrepid traveller looking forward to a camping trip, check out these tips for camping in the wilderness.


Before you go

Before you set off on the adventure of a lifetime, it’s wise to do a little planning. Get a rough idea of where you’re heading and look for safe places to camp for the night. Pack the essentials and master skills, which will help to keep you safe and warm. Are you confident you can make a fire without a box of matches? Do you have food and clean water? Would you know what to do if you were approached by a bear? Read some survival manuals, such as Take plenty of layers and a waterproof coat and trousers with you.

Check local weather forecasts and look out for advice and warnings from park rangers. If you’re visiting Yosemite, you can look here




Pitching your tent

Have a good look around at the ground before you set your tent down for the night. It is best to choose a dry, flat surface, which is far from slopes or ledges. Secure your tent and always ensure the zips are closed before you go to sleep.

Make sure you have a warm sleeping bag with you, even if you are camping in warm climates. At night, the temperature may fall significantly, and you’ll be glad of the extra padding. If it’s freezing, sleep in several layers and wear a wooly hat and thick socks.





Keeping your energy up

If you’re determined to avoid fast food joints and you’re heading right out into the sticks, it’s a good idea to have plenty of snacks with you. High energy, calorie-rich bars are recommended. It is particularly important to keep your energy up if you are hiking, cycling or climbing during the day. Try to start your day with a hearty breakfast.

If you’re channelling Bear Grylls and your aim is to complete the ultimate survival mission, you could always forage for food in the forest. Look out for juicy bugs or try and catch fish in a stream.

Always ensure you throw wrappers and scraps of food away. If you’re camping in an area bursting with wildlife, the smell may bring you some unwanted visitors. In bear country, cook at least 200 metres away from your tent. If you are approached by a bear, don’t run. Although your natural instinct may be to get out of there as quickly as possible, this is not the best decision. Make some noise to try and scare them off, walk backwards and maintain eye contact.



Camping in the wild can be exhilarating, but it does carry risks. Follow these simple tips and use your common sense to prevent accidents and injuries. Plan ahead, choose bases wisely and employ your survival know-how when necessary. Most importantly, stay safe and have a wonderful time.



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18 Responses to Survival Tips For Camping In The Wilderness

  1. Wilfred Chong 13 August, 2019 at 2:34 pm #

    Nice! Will prepare for a jungle camping one day

  2. Adekola 5 December, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    i never knew managing wild life is this simple.
    Thank you for this post.
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  3. Max 19 September, 2018 at 7:06 am #

    Beautiful images, camping in wild is life time experience if you have right group along with you.

  4. Omy 16 August, 2018 at 3:52 am #

    Hey buddy, being grateful as you posted such a useful and informative post. These gonna help others for sure. I would like to save it. Thanks a lot for sharing your great thoughts. Keep posting, looking forward to more from you
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  5. Road Trip Rob 29 May, 2018 at 4:22 am #

    We are planning a road trip from Florida to the Canadian border in early fall and are panning to camp along the way. Not sure of the route yet but I am trying to get as much info on camping as I can as it has been decades since I have camped
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  6. Pop up canopies 5 May, 2018 at 7:54 am #

    Great post, Trevor! There are some really useful camping items listed, which I think I’ll have to consider for my next camping trip :) I particularly like the Napsack, I’ve seen lots of sleeping bag suits such as the Musucbag, but this one looks a lot easier to move around in and maybe a better option for spring/summer use.

  7. Christine 3 May, 2018 at 9:04 am #

    these are great tips for newbies. I am learning a lot from your blog.
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  8. Michael 23 February, 2018 at 1:53 am #

    Thanks for sharing. Yep – prep is everything when it comes to camping! Especially when you go camping in the wilderness. Took me years to perfect our checklist.

  9. Pat Gioko 25 September, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    Nice information, very helpful for a beginner camping enthusiast. However, I feel that tent camping is for the courageous people, especially when camping in areas with big wildlife.
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  10. Dennis L. Ward 1 July, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    I always prefer nearby states of national park going for camping.
    Thanks for sharing your post.

  11. Laurel Santos 11 May, 2017 at 7:39 am #

    Nice post! Been thinking of going camping for a while. Will definitely keep this in mind. Thank you so much. Looing forward to more great post!

  12. Trixie 27 February, 2017 at 4:23 am #

    Right on-tihs helped me sort things right out.

  13. Bee Prepared 26 February, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    I have always enjoyed the thought of camping in the wilderness. But, I have always been afraid. Now, upon reading your blog, I learned ways and tips on how to prepare a camping adventure. Thank you!

  14. Marc 3 February, 2017 at 11:15 pm #

    Tents kind of give you a false sense of security in the woods. You might try looking a nice hammock that you can put a little higher off the ground.

    Plus the view of the stars is better!
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  15. Jason Santiago 31 January, 2017 at 2:14 am #

    It always pays to be prepared before camping out in the wilderness. :) Thanks for sharing!

  16. Dani 24 October, 2016 at 12:22 am #

    For most of my life, my best survival tips for camping has been to stay home and be comfortable. But my husband loves sleeping in a tent and has been bugging me to go for years, so I’ll have to bit the bullet one of these days.
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  17. Matt Cox 23 March, 2016 at 8:48 am #

    Great tips. Now i know what i’m gonna do in case i come face to face with a bear.

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