By Jesse – Modern Survival Online
Unless you are already experienced at travelling in the wilderness you might be surprised to learn that hypothermia is actually the most common cause of death.
It might seem difficult to believe but a beautiful hot day can quickly turn into a very cold night. This is why it is essential to think carefully before you pack for your wilderness trip.
It is also important to consider how much you can comfortably carry. Filling your car boot is one thing but you are unlikely to be able to carry everything!
To give you an idea of how dangerous any wilderness can be you should consider the fact that 250 hikers are rescued every year when hiking down and back up the Grand Canyon. This is a place where there is a set route and plenty of help; imagine how much worse it could be in the real wilderness!
These are the most important items you need when packing for the wilderness:
Food and water are essential, but you’ll find that shelter is even more important.
You can survive approximately 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water but just 3 hours without shelter!
The reason why is simple, as the chill sinks in your judgment will be affected and you’ll be unable to make rational decisions which could save your life.
Clothing must be the first thing you pack. The best idea is to pack many layers this will ensure you can regulate your body temperature easily.