If you’re out in the cold for a long, long time, you might start to suffer hypothermia – freezing to death. If you’re suffering from hypothermia, you might start to feel warm. Really warm. In your confused, frozen state, you might even start to take your clothes off. Try not to do this!
It’s called vasodilation, and it happens while we’re getting close to the end, and our heart is going wild to warm us back up. Taking clothes off will just cool you down even faster, and that will be that.
It's Not Just for Hopscotch
Before heading out on your next hike or camping excursion, grab a piece of chalk and add it to your backpack. No, it's not for drawing pictures at the campsite – use it to mark trees and paths that you've taken. On the way back to home base, you can use the marks to ensure you're on the right path.
This can also prevent you from walking around in circles if you're trying to find your way to something – if you see something you've marked, you know that you AREN'T heading in the right direction.
Strip to Escape Polar Bears
Okay, most of you probably aren't going to be attacked by a polar bear, but there is still a small chance of it happening if you live in the great white north. The rest of you are more likely to be attacked by a goose, but you never know.
Step one is to run away. No, seriously. Step two is to throw your supplies or bag to lighten the load and perhaps distract the bear. If that still doesn't work, your next step is to, and we aren't kidding here, strip. Hopefully, your clothes will distract the bear long enough for you to get to safety.
Make a Rudimentary Gorge
A fishing gorge is a tool people used to fish before the hook became more useful, and you can make your own if you're stuck without food and need to get some fish. Take a small branch and whittle it down with a knife until it's about two inches long with a sharp point on each end.
Cut a v-notch in the middle, and wrap a piece of fishing line, twine, or rope there. Spear some bait on one of the ends and dangle it in the water until you feel a tug.
Let There Be Light
So you forgot a big lantern to illuminate your campsite for the night. That's okay, there's another way to keep the place well-lit. Take a gallon jug, and fill it with water. Attach a headlamp to the outside, pointing into the jug's side. It creates a super-bright lantern that might actually surprise you.
Your headlamp will be out of use, but it's still a pretty good trade-off. The water can even come from a lake or river. Of course, you have to have a gallon jug with you, which isn't a common carry-on...but maybe it should be.