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A guide for traveling in a forest

By Liu Xiaoting | China Daily | Updated : Jul 29, 2019
Traveling in a forest not only gives tourists a feeling of returning to nature, but also enables them to learn some survival skills.

Generally, necessities for traveling in a forest include compass, machete, fishing tool, match, raincoat, long clothes and trousers, rope, mercurochrome and so on.

There are also some guides for traveling in a forest in case you encounter following situations.

Getting lost

If you lose your way in the forest, stay calm and estimate how long you have gone and mark up on trees along your way. If you find any stream or river, go along it and you will get out of the forest.

Lack of drinking water

It is impossible to bring enough water and food when taking a long trip, so it is inevitable that you should find drinking water during the trip. Though streams in the forests seem clean, there may be virulent bacteria. It must be boiled before drinking.

Luckily, there are plenty of plants which can provide water you need. It is better to gain a good knowledge of eatable plants in advance. If you have no idea about the plants, you may observe birds and monkeys and eat what they eat, because the fruits and plants they eat are harmless to human body.

Snake biting

To avoid being bitten by snakes, you can hit grass with a wood stick to scare snakes away. If unfortunately you are bitten by snakes, here are measures you should take.

First tighten the body part on the top of the wound with a rope or cloth. Second, press around the wound to squeeze out the toxic blood. Then, you should clean the wound with clean water or saliva. Finally, eat antiophidica tablets and apply the tablet on the wound.

Those who are severely bitten should be sent to hospital immediately after previously introduced treatment.

Avoiding lightening stroke

If there’s thunderstorm when you are traveling in a forest, hide in dense shrubs rather than under big trees and put away metal objects.

In addition to situations mentioned above, you should notice that there are many pests in forests like mosquitoes, ticks and leeches. It’s better to wear long clothes and trousers with cuffs and hems firmly tightened.

You should stay in a tent or a mosquito net at nights.

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