When heading into the jungle, you’ll need your fair share of strength, endurance, and willpower. It would be unwise, however, to solely rely on personal qualities. To truly survive the jungle, you’ll want to pack an array of jungle survival tools that will help make your time in the wilderness that much easier.
Forget dogs for now; when it comes to surviving the jungle, a knife is man’s (and woman’s) best friend. You will learn to rely on a knife as though it was part of your team, and you’ll quickly learn how the flexibility of this tool can be a life-saver (sometimes literally!) in the jungle environment. Whether you’re using it to gather resources, prepare food or carve objects, the necessity of a handy pocket knife cannot be understated.
Depending on your preference, you may wish to invest in a multipurpose tool that comes with a host of extra utilities such as can-openers, screwdrivers and saws. The choice is up to you!
First Aid Supplies
Having a first-aid kit on hand in case something goes wrong is essential when it comes to packing for a trip to the jungle. It’s no secret that the jungle can be a hostile environment, and when you’re living in there self-sufficiently, you’ll be lucky not to get a few cuts and scrapes during the course of your expedition.
A supply plaster, bandages and antiseptic cream are imperative to protect small to medium-sized cuts and scrapes from getting infected. You’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for anything that can happen, so consider painkillers, burn gel, blister plasters, and wipes. There’s plenty of first-aid kits out there with the jungle-goers in mind!
Explorers have been using the compass for hundreds of years, and there may not be a more important tool for navigating the unknown and uncharted lands than a compass. At times, the density of the jungle can make parts of it seem identical, and lead to explorers getting lost.
Likewise, clouds or even the thick canopy above can obstruct the explorer’s view of the sky that they often will use to help them navigate. With a compass in hand, it’s impossible to be truly lost, as you can be secure in knowing that you are heading in the right direction at all times.
Water Bottle / Filtration Device
Carrying water on you is a no brainer, but the humidity of the jungle – combined with the physical labour needed to hike, scavenge, and survive – means that you’re going to need A LOT of it or run the risk of dehydration. It’s impractical to carry dozens of bottles of drinking water with you through the jungle, so you’ll have to rely on mother nature to supply you with liquid sustenance.
We don’t need to tell you that the complications of drinking unclean water can be severe. It’s highly important that you bring along a water filtration system that will remove any unsafe impurities from the water, allowing you to consume it safely.
When night falls, you’ll need a flashlight to find your way. The jungle can be especially dark if you’re within a densely packed area, so without a form of light you’ll be out for the count until morning. Flashlights (or even headlamps!) ensure you’ll be able to complete tasks when the sun goes down, and relieve yourself when nature calls, without falling into a river!
Experience The Jungle With Bushmasters
Think you’ve got what it takes to survive the jungle? We run several jungle expeditions each year, where you and a group of friends (or strangers!) will be given some training and then dropped into the heart of Guyana’s jungles to survive.
Depending on your preference, we offer bespoke packages and can give you tasks and challenges to complete that will really test your survival skills. For more information about any of our expeditions, feel free to fill in this contact form and we’ll be in touch. Alternatively, you can now contact us through Whatsapp on +44 7541218999.