Survival Foods For Hikers


Survival foods aren’t really that important if you are lost in the wild. Its more important to stay safe and warm. However, its good to know what you can eat while you are out in the woods and wilderness.

Just know you can survive for weeks without eating. Water is important though. You can’t go 3 days without water. So its best to find yourself shelter, water and make sure you find a dry place to stay at. The way you will start is by learning a few basic categories of animals you can eat, and some of the most abundant and calorie-rich plants.

Survival Foods – The Animals

If you find any type of mammals understand you can eat everything except for the the livers of these arctic mammals. They usually carry parasites, so make sure you wash your hands after handling them, and cook the meat if possible.

Also any flying bird is edible. If you find eggs that would be a bonus in terms of protein. You can cook an egg on a hot rock if you don’t have any cooking .

Know that fresh water fish are edible as well. However catching the fish is usually difficult. Once catching your fish, you can quickly and easily cooked over a fire.

Amphibians and reptiles are usually safe to eat, however make sure you remove the skin.

Survival Foods – The Plants

Cattail is one of the most abundant and calorie-rich foods in the wilderness. The white part of the stalk at the bottom, and the new shoots, can be eaten raw or cooked. Flower spikes can be cooked like corn-on-the-cob when green. Roots can be mashed in water to release the starch, which can be added to soups. Pollen from the flower spike can be shaken into a bag and used in soups. Cattails grow in swamps or wet soil, and you really should get to know this plant.

The inner bark of pine trees is edible. It’s a good survival food to remember, because it is available year-round. That white spongy layer between the outer bark and the wood is what you want. Although it is mostly fiber, it contains enough carbohydrates to be worth boiling into a soup if nothing else is available.

Edible berries taste really good. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, and blackberries all have their wild forms. If it looks like the origina berrie, and smells and tastes like it, then that means it is safe to eat.