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