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Slick Survivalist or a Clueless Camper?

We all love taking trips to the great outdoors, as losing yourself in raw, untamed nature is one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences that you can have. However, as wonderful as it is, the wilderness can sometimes get a little dangerous or scary, and it's important to take certain precautions and to know how to act in particular situations. This test will determine just how ready you are to take on the perils of the great outdoors.
green snake in tree
 
 
What should you do if you run into a snake?
Snakes are usually afraid of people, so giving it space will allow it to escape.
Remain calm and keep your distance.
Throw liquid at it.
Push it away with a big stick.
Approach it while making loud noises to frighten it.
cobra snake on ground
 
 
What should you do if a snake bites you?
You should always go to the hospital, as even non-venomous snakes can give you tetanus.
Get away as fast as you can and seek medical care.
Apply ice to the wound.
Get somebody to suck the venom out immediately.
All of the above.
bear licking its claws
 
 
What should you do if you encounter a bear?
Never run away, as this may trigger the bear to chase you.
Play dead.
Get away as fast as you can.
Back away slowly.
Yell and scream at the top of your voice.
brown bear in countryside
 
 
What should you do if a bear charges towards you?
Bear spray inhibits the animal's ability to breathe, smell or see. Only play dead once a bear has physically made contact with you.
Physically confront the bear, aiming for its eyes.
Run away as quickly as possible.
Play dead.
Stand straight and use bear spray when it's 30 to 60 feet away.
two bears in woods
 
 
How can you prevent bears from approaching your campsite?
Store scented items at least 10 feet off the ground, and five feet from a tree. All garbage should be in airtight canisters or sealed bags.
Setting bear traps around the perimeter.
Storing all food and garbage properly.
Cooking food with a strong smell.
Hiding food far away from your campsite to lure them away.
tick sucking blood
 
 
What's the best way to remove a tick from your skin?
Never squeeze a tick as it could release nasty toxins into your body.
Using tweezers, grab the tick as close to your skin as possible, then pull straight up and away from your skin.
Squeeze the tick's body with tweezers, then pull straight up and away from your skin.
Burn the tick with a match, then grab and pull from skin using tweezers.
Apply petroleum jelly, then slide the tweezers under the tick, before grabbing and pulling from the skin.
close-up of tick
 
 
Once you've removed a tick, you should visit a doctor...
Rashes or flulike symptoms could indicate Lyme disease, so get yourself checked immediately.
If you experience a fever or flu-like symptoms.
If you get a red rash of any shape.
If you experience either of the above.
If you start to feel thirsty.
mountain lion
 
 
What should you do if you run into a mountain lion?
If the cat perceives you to be a big enough threat, it will usually move on.
Stay still and keep silent.
Get away as quickly as possible.
Physically confront it.
Make loud noises, whilst waving your arms.
shark attacks girl
 
 
What should you do if a shark attacks you?
A shark's eyes and gills are very sensitive so they should be your primary targets. You can also try to punch it's nose, though this may be more difficult.
Physically confront it by grabbing its gills and eyes.
Swim away as fast as possible.
Remain completely still.
Cling to its stomach and try to flip it over.
shark surprises fisherman
 
 
There's a higher chance of being killed in a shark attack than...
The chance of dying in a shark attack is 1 in 3.7 million.
Catching a foul ball at a baseball game.
Being struck by an asteroid.
Being struck by lightning.
Reaching your 100th birthday.
None of the above.
Don't Go Down to the Woods
VW campervan
 
Oh dear, from your results it seems that your chances of surviving a deadly encounter look a little bleak. We'd recommend avoiding deeper parts of the woods entirely, unless you're going there with very experienced people or trained professionals. But don't worry, many survival techniques become more natural with experience, so start small and increase the level of adventure with each trip. In the words of Bear Grylls, "Survival can be summed up in three words - never give up! That's the heart of it really. Just keep trying."
Confident Camper
holding coffee above woods
 
Congratulations, your results show that you're very confident when it comes to tackling the challenges of the great outdoors. You seem to know more-or-less when it's better to keep still, and when it's time to take action. Similarly, you usually know when seeking medical attention is imperative, and when it's fine to just lie back and relax. With a little more experience, you could end up becoming a top-tier survivalist in no time at all. In the words of Jamais Cascio, "Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive."
Natural-Born Survivalist
pots hanging over campfire
 
Good job! Your incredible results show that you're a natural-born survivalist, and there's very little that you can't handle. Bears, snakes, and mountain lions are all no match for you, and know better than to mess with someone with such an expansive set of skills. Anyone who decides to travel with you should feel extremely safe, no matter whether they're beginners or fellow experts. Keep doing what you do best, and remember what Bear Grylls once said: "You only get one chance at life, and you have to grab it boldly."
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