Ten Essentials to Survive in the Wilderness


Surviving in the wilderness is an essential skill for any outdoor enthusiast. At Southwest Discoveries, we recommend a certain set of tools and level of preparedness before you embark on any outdoor adventure. Be it taking an adventure through scenic Moab, hiking trails in Tucson or backpacking the Grand Canyon,  knowing how to survive in the wilderness is crucial.


But how does one survive in the wilderness? What about when you are surrounded by the ocean or lost in the wilderness? What do you do if you are not prepared? It is imperative to obtain a level of experience and carry the essentials with you when heading out into parts unknown.

Our friend and fellow outdoor adventurer Julie Dobson over at Escapingthemidwest.com has put together a terrific and thorough post on survival, Ten Essentials To Survive In The Wilderness.  She first offers up the ten essentials of wilderness travel, originally compiled by the Mountaineers of Seattle.


Julie’s best options are the obvious ones: extra food and water, extra clothing, topographical maps, compass, headlight, sun protection, fire starter, pocket knife and first aid kit head the list.

An important section not to miss in Julie’s post on surviving in the wilderness is on extra essentials. Water filter or purification method, duct tape, whistle, wire, and extra eyeglasses are highly recommended.

You can read the full article by Julie Dobson, which we highly recommend, by clicking the following link:



Images used in this post are copyright© Julie Dobson and EscapingTheMidwest.com and are attributed accordingly. Used with permission.

About the Author
Mitch Stevens has been leading hiking and backpacking outings throughout the southwest for over ten years. As a Sierra Club hiking leader, writer and photographer, he has promoted the enjoyment and conservation of our remaining wild lands. Born and raised in New York City, Mitch came to discover the great outdoors and fall in love with Arizona’s special places. Through his countless trips across the state and region, Mitch made it his mission to encourage fellow hikers and enthusiasts to protect the beauty of the desert. Now, he continues to embrace his fascination with the desert beauty by creating and leading multigenerational tours throughout the southwest. His experience coupled with his passion for the great outdoors make him a unique tour guide and outings leader.

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