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The travel survival skills you need to know

It has been around 12 to 13 years since I was a part of the scouts. I am now an adult now and the skills I have learned from the organization till has an impact on my life.  As I love traveling. The skills I developed at my time in scouts helps me. Here’s how.

  1. How to pitch a tent

This one you would think would know how to do before starting but not.  I have never used a tent until I started the scouts.  They taught me how to pitch a tent.

The travel survival skills you need to know

  1. Overcome unexpected challenges

The second questions continents on from the first one Scouts gave me the skills to overcome unexpected challenges.  I learned what is the best place to pitch a tent in different types of weathers. Such as if you are on a hill in the rain pitch a tent at the top so all the water will run down the hill. It is a bad place to pitch a tent at the bottom as the water will run down the hill straight into your tent.

As well as this I have learned a very valuable skill that is the best tools to use if you are stranded in the woods without a tent and how to build one with the materials around you.


  1. Survival tips.

The Scouts have taught me one very important thing and that is to be prepared for any situation.  When traveling anything could happen that you did not suspect so be prepared to deal with it. The scouts have been the first place I ever learned first aid. I will never forget the Emergency medical service guy said I was a pro at mastering first aid and everyone else in the group was struggling.

The travel survival skills you need to know

  1. Building a fire

Another vital skill I learned was how to build a fire and it is not as simple as you think. I have at times where the fire would not starts and times where it was a huge fire.  I was taught what type of firewood is needed and wet and skinny firewood is not good.

The travel survival skills you need to know

AS well as this, how to light a fire using various means and how to keep it lit, etc.  This skill is useful if you are traveling and get stranded you can build a fire to keep you warm, cook food on it and keeps away from dangerous animals.

  1. Gaining confidences.

The scouts have me more confidence. It helped me to improve my fear of heights. As I was scared to do rock climbing until I went to the scouts. It was the first place I tried it and loved it. In addition to this, I learned how to use a Compass and read a map and combine the two together.

But why is this necessary when everyone has a phone with Google maps. It’s a good skill to learn just in case you are out in a place without any signal or your phone brakes, then find a map to guide you back to where you go.

The travel survival skills you need to know


All the skills I have acquired from being in Scouts has shaped me to be a better traveler.


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  1. Awesome… I’ve been a girl scout as well, but it seems like I’ve forgotten most of it 🙂 I think I would still be able to survive for a few days if I got lost in the middle of nowhere though…

  2. I can see how being in the scouts has made a real and lasting impact on you! I wish I had learned some of these at a younger age, myself.
  3. So true! These basic life skills are so important for travel. Thanks for sharing
  4. So great that you have those skills. Sounds like they would come in handy while traveling.
  5. If I ever got lost in the woods, I would probably die of the cold and hunger because I have zero survival skills, haha!

  6. Good stuff. Our 8 yr old is currently a Cub, and we can see the benefits he is getting out of it. Hopefully he’ll continue to be a scout.

  7. Great tips! I was in Girls Guides and it was awesome!
  8. Very useful post! Great that you have those skils!

  9. Amazing tips and also very useful! 🙂

  10. Definitely need these skills! I was in Girl Scouts for several years but, only thing I remember is eating cookies. Wish I had paid more attention like you.

  11. These are good tips. I’ve pitched a tent before, but with the help of others. I’ve never built a fire other than with fire pits, so I know it’s not quite the same & harder than it sounds.

  12. this is very informative !! everybody must have this knowledge

  13. This is areally useful post and I am going to share it with my brownies so they know what to do when we go camping.
  14. I was a girl guide and have forgotten these skills. I think there should be regular courses for adults where we can re learn them.

  15. Lovely made, like your photos and well written, thanks for sharing

  16. Very interesting tips. I myself was a Scout. But where have you had to build a fire as a traveler? Now you have me curious!

    1. I was born in Kenya and lived in Botswana and now live in the UK and when I was living in Africa I did safaris and stand in camp sites.

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