Survival Skills

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Survival Skills

The difference between a fun-filled day in the great outdoors and a life-threatening disaster is lesser than you think. If you landed in a sticky situation, would you make it out alive? Test your survival savvy with this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Dehydration kills. If you’re lost without water, your best bet for finding it is to:
    • A. 

      Set up a collection system and wait for rain.

    • B. 

      Walk downhill—water usually pools or flows downhill.

    • C. 

      Find a forked stick and use it to guide you to a well.

  • 2. 
    Hear that thunder? You’re above tree line but nearing the summit. What’s a girl to do?
    • A. 

      Pull out your umbrella and hurry to bag that peak before you get wet.

    • B. 

      Wait it out under a nearby tree.

    • C. 

      Turn downhill fast. If you see lightning, drop your gear and spread out the group.

  • 3. 
    The rule of threes states that you can die in as little as:
    • A. 

      Three days without food.

    • B. 

      Three weeks without food.

    • C. 

      Three months without food.

  • 4. 
    You wandered off the trail and haven’t found it again—but it’s getting dark. What’s the best plan?
    • A. 

      Begin building a shelter and start a fire.

    • B. 

      Yell and wander in erratic circles. Someone might hear you, or you might find the trail.

    • C. 

      Remain calm, inventory your supplies and information, and prioritize to meet your most immediate need.

  • 5. 
    _____ cause(s) most outdoor deaths. Avoid an untimely end by ______.
    • A. 

      Falls; watching where you’re going and staying within your comfort zone.

    • B. 

      Hypothermia; dressing in layers and staying dry.

    • C. 

      Animals; bringing a gun and shooting on sight.

  • 6. 
    A comprehensive survival kit includes:
    • A. 

      A knife, matches, and a notepad.

    • B. 

      A sandwich, ibuprofen, and a bandana.

    • C. 

      A cell phone, lighter, and compass.

  • 7. 
    Halfway into a trail run you notice a bear in the brush up ahead. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Stop running and back up slowly until you’re out of sight.

    • B. 

      Stand in the trail and talk loudly to yourself until he moves out of your way.

    • C. 

      Keep running—you’ll pass quickly, and he looks pretty distracted by those berries.

  • 8. 
    You didn’t hear the rattle until it was too late, and that snake left fang holes in your calf. You should:
    • A. 

      Suck the venom out and then catch the snake to help the doctors identify it.

    • B. 

      Keep the bite below heart level and get to the nearest hospital calmly and quickly.

    • C. 

      Move away from the snake and wash the bite with soapy water.

  • 9. 
    You’ve been lost for a week and hunger’s taking a toll. Fill up on:
    • A. 

      Mammals and six-legged insects—almost all of which are safe to eat.

    • B. 

      Red berries—just like pie without the crust.

    • C. 

      Roots and any bug you can catch—gathering is in your blood.

  • 10. 
    It’s not home sweet home, but your survival shelter will keep you alive, because:
    • A. 

      You built it facing away from the wind and it stays pretty warm at night.

    • B. 

      It’s near water so you don’t have to expend much energy to get a drink.

    • C. 

      The wreath above the door will welcome the search party.