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Are You a Survivor?

Location: Indonesia
Camera info: Fuji Finepix A303 • Automatic Point & Shoot
ISO 100 • f 2.8 • 1/60 sec

“Check this out. We call it a vase plant,” our tour guide said. I stared at the green and red growth, making a mental note that they carried fresh water. In our mini jungle survival course, our guide also taught us some good sources of food – like termites (they really don’t taste that bad)! So, I thought I’d share the wealth and include a few more jungle survival tips for all you crazy adventurers out there, just in case you lose your way.

  • First, don’t panic and run in circles. It doesn’t help. Keep calm, and try to find a trail. If you can’t, pick a direction and travel that way consistantly. Eventually you’ll find something useful.
  • One very useful thing is rivers. Small streams will lead to big streams, which lead to rivers, which (more often than not) lead to settlements. They also create a break in the treeline, which may make you easier to spot from above.
  • WATER is the most important thing you can find. Several plants (like the one in the photo) can collect water. Bamboo is a good source, as are some types of vines (avoid the ones where the water is red, yellow, or milky). You can also collect it from a fast-moving stream and boil it, or start digging!
  • FOOD is next. Many plants are edible, such as palm hearts, but unless you know for sure which ones, be careful! Avoid most red berries, plants with milky sap, and anything with sap that irritates your skin. When in doubt, follow some monkeys. Most of their diet is compatible with ours.
  • The biggest dangers in the jungle are falling trees/branches and insect/reptile bites. Use your various forms of insect repellant, don’t touch the plants when you don’t have to, and build your hammock or shelter above the ground
  • Don’t forget the all-important things – how to build a fire and tie a good knot. It’s also a good idea to carry a machete. They’re just so useful!
  • Don’t forget to pack the essentials before you travel! Things you may consider beyond the usual stuff: salt (for drying, santization & diet), foot powder (the humidity makes fungal infections common), or condoms (not for what you think… they can protect from waterborne pathogens when crossing rivers)
  • Finally, keep a good attitude! The will to survive, fight off fear, and find humor in tough situations is the key factor in most survival stories.

P.S. There’s way more tips than I can summarize on just this short blog. Check out these sites for more.

Have you heard any other survival tip you find interesting? Let us know!

2 responses

  1. AJ

    If you happen to be in a northern climate, the bogs may have plenty of “pitcher plants” in them there, too – not the same species, but pretty close, if your picture is right!

    March 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm

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