You suddenly find yourself naked and afraid, in the jungle and you need help! The first thing to do is pinch yourself. If you’re not in a dream, we have bad news for you— it won’t be easy. As you’re probably aware, the jungle is one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments in the world with dangers on every corner. Of course, not all jungles are created equally. Trying to survive in the African jungle is much different than the Amazon rainforest. Still, many of the same rules apply. If you use these techniques and a little bit of discernment and wisdom, you might just make it out alive.
There are many ways to filter your water. Unfortunately, you probably won’t have the materials need to make it happen. If you have a water container though and a t-shirt, you can use the t-shirt to keep larger objects of the water, like pebbles, clumps of mud, and small traces of leaves.
Drinking muddy or dirty standing water is too dangerous. You could ingest bacteria or parasites, something that could quickly make things much worse for you. You need to find a way to collect dirty water and boil it over a fire. Boiling water will kill the pathogens.
Once you’re good with your water source, the next steps is finding and gathering food. Try to gather berries, maybe even insects, to eat throughout the day. You need to keep up your energy. If you have time, build a snare or hunting tools, like a wooden spear, and wait for animals to cross your path.
If you’re in the Amazon rainforest, or a wet jungle, many streams and rivers will have fish available for fishing. Build a spear out of bamboo and stand in ankle deep water. Don’t scare the fish away and keep the spear over the surface. Once you see one, try to pin it.
Keep Your Feet Dry
If you’re in a dry African jungle, you won’t have to worry about this as much. However, if you’re in a wet jungle, this becomes more of a problem. If you’re feet are wet for too long, you’ll eventually get trench foot. You could also have foot-related illnesses thanks to parasites. Do whatever it takes to keep your feet dry.