How to Survive Pretty Much Anything

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Survival is a mix of preparation, knowledge, tools and luck. This week we’ll be exploring the practice and, to get us started, here’s the skills you need to live through pretty much anything.

I don’t like to call IndefinitelyWild a “survival” publication, preferring instead “Adventure travel in the outdoors”. But, doing this stuff involves preparing for the worst. Even if you never have to use them, these skills can help you solve problems, be comfortable with less and also help put temporary discomfort into perspective.

This’ll be hammered home all this week, but the best advice I’ve ever received, survival or otherwise, is: be prepared. These stories will help you do just that.

​How to Find and Purify Drinking Water in the Wilderness

How to Turn Your Android Phone Into The Ultimate GPS Navigator

​How to be Your Own Goddamn Doctor

How to Shoot an Amazonian Blowgun

How to Stay Warm When it's Cold Outside

How to Use a Map and Compass

​How to Build a Snow Shelter

All the Neat Stuff You Can Do With a Hatchet, Safely

Skills I Learned in Boy Scouts 15 Years Ago Just Helped Me Save a Life

An Easy, Affordable, Effective Guide to Preparing For a Disaster

How to Boil Water With a Rock

​How to Build Your Own Altoids Tin Survival Kit

​How to Call for Help Without a Mobile Phone

What it's Like Inside a Plane Crash And How to Survive One

How to Survive a Car Crash

How to Use a Knife Outdoors

How to Survive an Avalanche

​I Went Camping With Bear Grylls, and Survived

What Big Survival Knives are For and How to Use One

Five Ways to Sleep Outside Without a Tent

How to Make a Fire With a Knife

How to Build the Only Five Campfires You’ll Ever Need

How to Drive on Snow and Ice

​How to Drive Off-Road

​How to Poop in the Woods

These articles originally appeared on Indefinitely Wild, Gizmodo's blog on adventure travel and the gear that gets us there