Alaska has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Many people enjoy spending time outdoors during their trip. However, Alaska also has a harsh climate and some hidden dangers that you need to be prepared for.
Many people don’t realize how dangerous Alaska’s wilderness really is. They have become a bit misled about what it is like to live out there after watching shows like Ultimate Survival Alaska. However, most people couldn’t survive as easily as the people on this show. The reality show stars include Navy Seals and survival experts. Don’t expect to follow their examples if you are stuck in Alaska and trying to survive. Here are some essential survival tips that you should follow.
Pack the Right Food for Your Trip
A major snowstorm or other catastrophe could cut you off from civilization while you are traveling outdoors. You need to make sure that you have plenty of food and water to keep you alive during your trip. Here are some general tips that you should follow if you are going on a fishing trip or hiking through the wilderness:
- You should pack food that is loaded with carbohydrates and protein.
- You should bring plenty of water in case you can’t find an adequate water supply. It is a good idea to bring an insulated thermos to keep your water from freezing.
- It is a good idea to bring several days’ worth of food if you are going to be traveling more than ten miles from your house.
- You need to be very careful about drinking alcohol while you are on your trip. You definitely don’t want to be drinking if you face an emergency. Keep a clear head and wait until you get back home safely to celebrate.
- If you are planning an extended trip then you may want to bring some fishing and hunting gear. You may also want to learn how to snare small prey. You probably won’t be stranded for very long, but you want to be prepared in case you run out of food before you are helped.
You won’t survive very long in Alaska if you are cut off from society without an adequate food supply. Make sure that you prepare for it ahead of time. Knowing how to find food by fishing, hunting or gathering is important if you are stranded more than a couple of days. However, you will need plenty of food to help you survive before that.
Stay Warm and Find Adequate Shelter
Far fewer people die of hypothermia in Alaska than most people expect. A few years ago the CDC reported that only 16 people died of the condition, which is a lot lower than prior years. However, most of the people who did die of hypothermia were either lost or intoxicated. You will need to make sure that you can get adequate shelter and warmth if you end up getting stranded.
You will want to bring a tent and some tools to help you make a shelter. You may not survive more than a few hours if you are stranded in the Alaskan wilderness without adequate shelter.
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About the author: Kalen is a frequent travel writer. He has been to some of the harshest climates in the world and shares tips for other travelers who are worried about surviving there.