What Winter Survival Tip Would You Recommend To Others?
I have hunted out West for over 40 years. One thing I have not seen from anyone is to wrap butane lighters with several feet of duct tape (for fire starter). It comes in very handy when needed and takes up no space at all. I always carry 3 lighters in my bag and that never leaves my possession when on the road, or in the woods.
Have each person have a small survival bag at their place of work or school. A couple power bars, matches dipped in wax, bottle of water at a minimum. The idea is for each to have survival gear in the event something happens and they cannot get home, and people are separated. At least each would have a fighting chance with some basics. Throw it in a locker, bottom drawer of desk, etc.
As a vet and an off-the-grid individual one tip that I would give to someone in a winter survival situation without power would be warmth. Without a heat source you cannot function properly and will die, and you cannot cook your food. There’s nothing worse than freezing and your young children shaking from the frozen temperature and saying, “Daddy, I’m cold and hungry.” First you must be ahead of this game which I have learned many years ago. You need dry tender or kinlin. That means before you need it you should collect it and keep it dry. Even if you have to pack it with you in an outside on the go situation. Always be looking for dry tender. Second, you need a fuel source which is good dried-out seasoned or dead wood. It is also very useful if you know what species of wood you’re using, because some wood burns better and throws off more heat if you have to resort to using a wood stove due to power outages. After you have a good fuel source, you need to collect a lot of it to keep a sufficient heat source. When you think you have enough, collect twice as much. There is nothing worse than waking up cold and your fire is out and you have no more firewood or it’s all wet. The moral of this story is know your wood or heat source and be ahead of the game and believe in Murphy’s Law. Survival is a skill that should be practiced and honed for better results. I myself have lived off the grid and lived this way for years and still have not perfected anything.