12 surprising unknown tips to survive in the wilderness

If you like hiking, camping or exploring nature, I believe you have learned a lot of good tips to be able to overcome difficult situations that you may be encountered in the journey. However, most people are unaware of the amazing tips that I share below. They are very simple but also very effective. Read through them, they can save your life someday if you unfortunately get lost in the wilderness or are attacked by bee, snack, alligator and so on. 

1. Which parts of a plant are edible - Fried_Dace 

Every part of a dandelion, from the flower to the stem to the root, is edible.

2. Pour water on your forearms if you're about passout from being exposed to heat EnderOfHope 

If you’re about to pass out from being exposed to heat, pour cold water on your forearms. Ice works even better.
This is an old farmer trick. You will feel the effects immediately. You will stop being dizzy and feel better almost immediately.

3. Lead the pack if scared of snakes - Knittingtaco

Lead the pack if scared of snakes. You’ll disturb them but the person behind you is more likely to get bitten.

4. Use Tampons for starting a fire - girlwithnotraits

When wild camping and hiking in Scotland, some Dutch Outdoor guy told us to always keep Tampons to start a fire. He was so right - in a wet environment where all the leaves and branches are moist and the wind blows like crazy, we sometimes needed 1,5 hours to start a fire and we needed the fire to at least have a warm meal in the night. They’re the best fire starter: they’re lightweight and tiny (easy to carry), you can pull them apart and there’s a lot of easily burning material that you can use as a fire starter.

5. Facts you need to know about Barrel cactus Masonator55 

Barrel cactus in the Sonoran desert are not full of water as is commonly portrayed. Instead they are full of acidic solutions that induce vomiting and diarrhea if consumed. These can easily be fatal for a dehydrated person in the desert.
The Barrel cactus fruit by contrast, is one of the most agreeable edibles in the cactus world. They are easy to pick, thornless, and tasty.

6. If you are lost in the wilderness LeftToaster

If you have shelter and a source of water, and if you have reason to believe people will be looking for you, you are usually better to stay put than to try to find your way out. Wandering around lost you expend a lot of energy, you could easily get into a far worse situation and anyone looking for you will likely start at your last known or expected location - which, if you are lost, you might be wandering farther from.
This is not always the case. It depends on if you are injured or not, and the nature of the injuries, on your relative safety where you are at, how far you are relative to your expected or last known location, how visible you are and a number of other situational factors. It is often worth a low risk climb to a better vantage point if possible. People have died a few hundred metres from a road which could have led them to safety.

7. Getting water from moss samdaniel911

You can squeeze relatively safe water out of moss. Obviously you should still boil it and and it’s going to have some dirt but it way better than drinking out of a steam or puddle.

8. If you accidentally disturb a bee hive ajgreen_

If you accidentally disturb a bee hive or wasp nest and are being swarmed, DO NOT run for water. It seems intuitive that jumping in water will keep the bees off you, but actually they will wait for you to resurface and resume stinging you. Instead, run as fast and as far away as you can. Bees/wasps are territorial and will not easily leave their home range. So once you leave their comfort zone, you're pretty much safe.

9. Always bring a bandaid or moleskin hiking CaptainNoBoat 

Always bring a bandaid or moleskin hiking. Not for cuts, per se. But for blisters. If you start to feel irritation when walking long distances, you have to address the spot quickly.
A blister can absolutely debilitate even the most in-shape, athletic people. It's what every seasoned hiker learned the hard way at some point.

10. If you're trapped in an extremely cold environment LevinAndCo

If you're trapped in an extremely cold environment, a rudimentary igloo will keep you relatively warm if you're smart about it. They keep heat in fairly well. However always be sure to mark where you are with something that won't get covered in snow so if rescue comes they don't miss you in the snow.

11. If an alligator is chasing you Iso-LowGear

Contrary to popular belief, if an alligator is chasing you, you should NOT run in zigzag. Do one "zig" and then run straight. The alligator is not going to try to follow the zigzag, it will just run for you straight and you'll be slower. Do one "zig" so that the alligator will have to do one zig if it wants to get you, and then just run in a straight line like your ass is on fire.

12. A towel is the most useful thing to have _harro_

You can dry yourself if you are wet. But it is also a blanket if you are cold, can give shade if it is warm or you can use it to wipe your sweat.
It's a hat, a cushion, a bag,...