Shady, filled with some strange sounds and inhabited by life-threatening insects, the jungle may seem to you one of the most unpleasant places on earth. And the relief there is such that it confuses even experienced travelers and makes survival very difficult.
How to make your way through the jungle, insect bite protection, minimal wearable emergency reserve for the jungle.
Ground level movement often occurs in almost complete darkness. At every step you have to overcome some kind of obstacle. Thorny, clammy, and sometimes poisonous plants that have an uncanny ability to cling to skin and clothing. Due to the dense foliage and many vines, twilight reigns in the jungle. At first glance, the rainforests may seem like an idyllic place. However, most of the visible light is not reflected there from the moist forest soil..
It’s hot and damp here. However, to protect against insects and plants, you have to completely cover the body with clothing. In such conditions, a person is constantly experiencing discomfort. If you get lost in the jungle, be aware that the dense vegetation surrounding you and harsh climatic conditions contribute to panic and a sense of hopelessness. Do not give in. Keep moving. This is a prerequisite for survival..
How to make your way through the jungle.
Moving through the jungle is difficult for many reasons. So that you rarely had to cut your way, move along the channels of small rivers or animal trails. To make the road through dense thickets, when every step is difficult, you will need a suitable knife. Optimal in these conditions is the curcri used in these places – a knife with a long curved blade. With such a blade, the knife itself is quite short, and therefore it is more convenient in transit.
To pave the road, stab with a knife in front of you diagonally from top to bottom. To facilitate access to it, the knife should be worn on a belt in a case made of leather or kaydeks. You will see for yourself how useful this powerful tool is in the jungle, which is also used for the extraction and preparation of food. And for the construction of shelter, and for self-defense. He should always be at hand. The same mandatory accessory is the grindstone.
By their climatic and natural features, the jungle is the exact opposite of the desert, but when it comes to orienteering, they have one similarity. Both here and there it is easy to get lost due to the lack of topographic bindings. In addition, in the jungle, due to the dense crown of trees, GPS devices may not work. And the traces there may be invisible, and you risk not going forward, but in a circle.
Therefore, always carry a map and a compass with you, and also use a marker or colored tape to mark the path traveled. In addition, these tags will help rescuers find you..
Protection from the environment when crossing the jungle.
Making your way through the jungle, you can seriously injure exposed areas of the body. To protect yourself from obstacles standing in the way, and even from your own careless blows with a knife when paving the road more often, put on shields of different sizes (for children and adults) on the forearms and lower legs. Most of all from the bush and thorns, the forearms, lower legs, legs and arms are at risk. Therefore, in addition to shields, it’s useful to wear a pair of light leather gloves.
Any exposed areas of the body are also vulnerable to the most annoying predators living in the jungle. Mosquitoes – carriers of tropical fever and Zika virus, ants and poisonous millipedes. The jungle is replete with creatures whose bites are very dangerous. Even from one ant bite, your hand can be immobilized all day.
Therefore, proper clothing must be worn. A breathable long-sleeved shirt, trousers and leggings that cover the lower limbs and prevent leeches and spiders from moving up the trousers. In addition to closed clothing, other protection is also needed..
For added safety, wear pantyhose under clothing. Although blood-sucking insects can surprisingly deftly penetrate layers of clothing, they can neither overcome their dense fabric nor cling to their slippery surface. Some tights can be worn on the legs, and the second, cut off at the legs and waist, close your hands to provide them with additional protection.
Also, to stop dangerous creatures from committing a fatal bite, add water to a jar or other container of chewing tobacco. Let this mixture brew for a few minutes. Then apply it on your arms, legs, tights and other clothes. No matter how carefully you cover your body with clothes, blood-sucking insects will still find a way under it, but nicotine will paralyze and kill them faster than regular repellents.
Minimum wearable emergency reserve for the jungle.
Lightweight hiking backpack.
Lightweight shoes made of breathable materials.
Nylon hammock with mosquito net.
Lightweight microporous short raincoat.
Lightweight leather gloves.
Knife with a long blade.
A must-have item on your equipment should be a mosquito net. Throw a small piece of it on your face when you go through the jungle, and hang the rest over the place where you will sleep at night. You cannot leave yourself unprotected.
It is imperative to have several pairs of socks and breathable shoes. They will help you not only keep your feet warm and dry, but also cope with a problem that relates not only to comfort but to survival. In many ways, the outcome of your stay in the jungle depends on which shoes you choose..
To avoid the appearance of a trench foot or infectious dermatitis caused by moisture or as a result of overcoming water obstacles, do not use footwear made of goretex and other airtight materials. Such shoes absorb moisture, and this can lead to serious foot problems in less than a day. Without proper treatment, the trench foot threatens gangrene and amputation..
At night and whenever you are resting, take off your socks so your feet dry. Hang wet socks on the outside of the backpack or bag to dry during the transition.
Based on the book Survival in the Wild and Extreme Situations. 100 key skills in the special services methodology.