How to Survive Outdoor in Cold Weather

No matter how adventurous you are or how tactful you are in emergency situations, human beings are always pitied against weather adversities. The weather has a course of its own and can change without a single notice, which can leave stranded on the most unlikely of places. The best way go through a tough situation is to remain tough within and remain calm so that you can think of survival.

One such weather situation that can prove more challenging than the rest is cold weather. However, even the apprehension of being trapped in a snow storm or extreme cold weather condition can not stop the adventurous being in us. We get ready to move mountains equipped with the best outdoor survival kits and the best armor that we have the undying spirit.

But, even with all preparation, all the acquired knowledge about the place or surroundings, with best gadgets and instruments, a bad weather turn can prove fatal if enough precautions are not taken to remain safe. As we are talking about cold weather, we must understand the various scenarios that can face us. Cold may not appear to be a great threat, but never take it lightly; it can prove more dangerous that it appears to be.

Staying Warm and Clean

If you are on an expedition in cold weather, you can face, chilling wind flow, wet or snow storms etc. The basic need is to stay warm in cold weather, find water, food and of course shelter to protect you from even colder nights. It is essential that you wear comfortable clothing, neither too tight nor too loose. While tight clothing can impair your blood circulation and make you sweat, loose clothing can let the wind reach your skin making you feel cold.

Secondly, you would need to clean yourself to avoid rashes on the skin. This you can do by washing your body. Even though it may sound weird when you feel chilled inside, it is essential to wash off your sweaty areas. Sweat can make your clothing wet, which can hamper your desire to remain warm. So make sure you are fairly warm and not feeling heat inside.

Fixing Outdoor Survival Kits

Keeping yourself safe in bad clod weather conditions is equally important. This is where the need to carry outdoor survival kits come in. Make sure your kit is fully equipped to help you out. Also, pay attention to minutest details when you pack your bag, as that is your only accomplice to help you go through the bad situations. Though there are a lot of things that we can add up, it is required that you carry stuff that are essential and you can carry with ease as you don’t want to drag along a lot of things that you may not need.

Various items that you must consider packing are a good pocket knife, some waterproof matches, a compass or a GPS enabled device, waterproof or parachute cloth that is naturally dry, thermal blanket, a fully charged flashlight, dark glasses, emergency food, a signaling mirror or device, wire commando saw, strong parachute chord, candles, hand and feet warmers with snow shoes and of course, a good effective first-aid kit with all essential medicines.

Handling Emergency Medical Situations

No matter how much precautions we take and how efficiently you plan the outdoor survival kits, you must mentally get ready to face any and every trying situation. There are a number of physical conditions can weaken your inner strength. Get ready to fight against Hypothermia, Frostbite, Dehydration, insect bites, Cold Dieresis etc. There is nothing like prevention but if you get sick by chance, giving immediate attention is the need of the hour.

Learn the symptoms of cold weather related health issues and keep some medicines ready at hand. This would prevent further complications and help you fight against cold weather. You must make sure that you stay warm in cold weather by being active otherwise your body temperature would start decreasing, making it even more difficult to survive.

Finally, nothing can replace your strong spirit, so carry on the never say die attitude and you can overcome even the worst of situations.

Source by Rahman Mehraby

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