QUIZ: Only Experienced Campers Can Ace This Survival Quiz

Surviving in the wild takes a lot of skills and let’s face it; a whole lot of luck doesn’t hurt either. But unexpected things will happen in the wilderness no matter how prepared we think we are. However, an experienced camper should have no problem passing this survival quiz quick and easy.

Surviving in the wild takes a lot of skills and let’s face it; a whole lot of luck doesn’t hurt either. But unexpected things will happen in the wilderness no matter how prepared we think we are. However, an experienced camper should have no problem passing this survival quiz quick and easy.

To start a fire, soak cotton balls in this:

  • Gasoline
  • Beer
  • Vaseline
  • Alcohol

Soak some cotton balls with Vaseline. This will cause a fire to spark almost right away. And it sure beats trying to rub two sticks together all night in the slim chance of starting a fire.

Soak some cotton balls with Vaseline. This will cause a fire to spark almost right away. And it sure beats trying to rub two sticks together all night in the slim chance of starting a fire.

How many leaves grow out of each Poison Ivy stem?

  • Three
  • Five
  • Eight
  • Seven

Most people don’t know what Poison Ivy looks like until it’s too late. But one can easily identify it by counting how many leaves are on each stem. If they have three, then steer clear of this plant.

Most people don’t know what Poison Ivy looks like until it’s too late. But one can easily identify it by counting how many leaves are on each stem. If they have three, then steer clear of this plant.

The best time to travel when someone is out in the desert is:

  • Early in the morning
  • At noon
  • In the late afternoon
  • At night

Deserts can get very hot during the day, and there aren’t any trees that can provide a significant amount of shelter from the sun. So, consider traveling at night where the desert is a whole lot cooler.

Deserts can get very hot during the day, and there aren’t any trees that can provide a significant amount of shelter from the sun. So, consider traveling at night where the desert is a whole lot cooler.

Which of these factors will cause the fastest decrease in a traveler's provisions?

  • Moisture
  • Mold
  • Thirst
  • Hungry animals

Moisture is a pack of provisions’ worst enemy because it has the power to cause food to spoil. So, make sure to always store anything perishable in waterproof containers to avoid running out of provisions.

Moisture is a pack of provisions’ worst enemy because it has the power to cause food to spoil. So, make sure to always store anything perishable in waterproof containers to avoid running out of provisions.

This is something one must do before going on a long hike:

  • Tie all shoelaces
  • Let someone know they're going on a hike
  • Pack extra water
  • Pack an extra cell phone

It’s very important for travelers to let friends and loved ones know where they're going and when they plan to be back. That way, if they don’t come home, people know they're missing and can send someone to find them.

It’s very important for travelers to let friends and loved ones know where they're going and when they plan to be back. That way, if they don’t come home, people know they're missing and can send someone to find them.

Which of these can be used to stay hydrated if someone run out of bottled water?

  • Dew on leaves
  • Tree Sap
  • Rainwater
  • All of the above

If a traveler has tapped out all of their bottled water, they can use dew on leaves, tree sap and even rainwater to stay hydrated. While rainwater isn’t 100% safe because it contains atmospheric pollutants, it’s better than passing out from thirst.

If a traveler has tapped out all of their bottled water, they can use dew on leaves, tree sap and even rainwater to stay hydrated. While rainwater isn’t 100% safe because it contains atmospheric pollutants, it’s better than passing out from thirst.

How can one avoid eating poisonous mushrooms by mistake?

  • Don’t eat them
  • Feed it to other animals first
  • Cook them first
  • Eat the stem only

The safest course of action in this case is to avoid eating mushrooms no matter how tasty they might look. Don’t rely on books or images on websites alone to identify which mushroom is safe to eat either.

The safest course of action in this case is to avoid eating mushrooms no matter how tasty they might look. Don’t rely on books or images on websites alone to identify which mushroom is safe to eat either.

When one finds themselves stranded in the wild, which of the following things should be their top priority?

  • Food
  • Water
  • Weapons
  • Shelter

The wilderness is a dangerous place full of predatory animals. It can also leave one exposed to the elements like thunderstorms and extreme heat from the sun, which is why building a tent or finding shelter by some trees or the mouth of a cave is so important.

The wilderness is a dangerous place full of predatory animals. It can also leave one exposed to the elements like thunderstorms and extreme heat from the sun, which is why building a tent or finding shelter by some trees or the mouth of a cave is so important.

How does one know if a river is too high to cross?

  • It’s above the neck
  • It’s above the knees
  • It’s above the waist
  • It’s above the ankles

If the water from a river is higher than a person's knees, then there’s a risk that the currents can sweep them away. It will also be very difficult to see where a person is stepping because river water isn’t always clear.

If the water from a river is higher than a person's knees, then there’s a risk that the currents can sweep them away. It will also be very difficult to see where a person is stepping because river water isn’t always clear.

This is how people should react if they see a grizzly bear walking into their campsite:

  • Panic and scream
  • Run for dear life
  • Challenge the bear
  • Play dead

According to The National Park Service, if a camper encounters a grizzly bear, they should play dead until it leaves. But they also warn that this tactic won’t work on a black bear, so beware!

According to The National Park Service, if a camper encounters a grizzly bear, they should play dead until it leaves. But they also warn that this tactic won’t work on a black bear, so beware!

If we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere without a drop of water, could we drink our urine to stay hydrated?

  • No, because it’s gross
  • Yes, but only after it’s boiled
  • Yes
  • No, it causes infection

It’ll taste absolutely disgusting, but it’s okay to drink one’s own urine. In fact, it might help people stay alive in dire situations.

It’ll taste absolutely disgusting, but it’s okay to drink one’s own urine. In fact, it might help people stay alive in dire situations.

In the event of an injury that’s resulting in blood loss, do the following:

  • Disinfect the wound
  • Apply pressure
  • Wrap it up
  • Make a tourniquet

Preventing further blood loss is a top priority when one is injured and the best way to do that is by applying pressure. Once the bleeding has stopped, proceed to disinfect the area and bandage it up.

Preventing further blood loss is a top priority when one is injured and the best way to do that is by applying pressure. Once the bleeding has stopped, proceed to disinfect the area and bandage it up.

Have bug bites? Use this substance to relieve the itchiness.

  • Bear dung
  • Toothpaste
  • Tree sap
  • Mud

Even Bug Off can’t guarantee campers won’t get bit. But once they do, all they need to do is apply some toothpaste to the bite. The menthol in the toothpaste will relive the uncontrollable urge to scratch those itches.

Even Bug Off can’t guarantee campers won’t get bit. But once they do, all they need to do is apply some toothpaste to the bite. The menthol in the toothpaste will relive the uncontrollable urge to scratch those itches.

One of the following is not a required component when starting a fire:

  • Fuel
  • Elevation
  • Heat
  • Oxygen

Although elevation does have an effect on fire, it’s certainly not a requirement when starting a fire. However, oxygen, heat, and fuel are essential components to get one going.

Although elevation does have an effect on fire, it’s certainly not a requirement when starting a fire. However, oxygen, heat, and fuel are essential components to get one going.

When looking for the North Star, it’s best to use this constellation:

  • The Little Dipper
  • Ursa Minor
  • Lyra
  • Centaurus

Polaris, a.k.a. the North Star, is found at the Little Dipper’s end handle and for thousands of years, travelers have used constellations like this one to navigate on land and at sea.

Polaris, a.k.a. the North Star, is found at the Little Dipper’s end handle and for thousands of years, travelers have used constellations like this one to navigate on land and at sea.

Moss is nature’s natural insulator and it can be found on this side of trees:

  • West
  • South
  • North
  • East

Moss is found on the northern side of trees and it can be placed over a sleeping bag or tent to keep campers warm or cool. So, keep that in mind for the next camping trip.

Moss is found on the northern side of trees and it can be placed over a sleeping bag or tent to keep campers warm or cool. So, keep that in mind for the next camping trip.

Bring an extra pair of socks as they can be used to do this:

  • Scare away flies
  • Signal other campers
  • Filter water
  • Start a fire

Socks can do more than keep feet warm while camping. They can also be used as makeshift filtration systems to strain dirt and other debris from water.

Socks can do more than keep feet warm while camping. They can also be used as makeshift filtration systems to strain dirt and other debris from water.

After we finish eating, it’s necessary to dispose of any residuals by doing the following:

  • Toss it far away from the campsite
  • Hang it from a tree
  • Bury it
  • Burn it

Food waste tends to attract very hungry wild animals, so it’s always best to take any residual food as far away from camp as possible to ensure our survival.

Food waste tends to attract very hungry wild animals, so it’s always best to take any residual food as far away from camp as possible to ensure our survival.

Need to create smoke signals? Try throwing this on a camp fire:

  • Dirt
  • Alcohol
  • Dried leaves
  • Fresh leaves

If a camper can’t find a cell phone signal, they should try the time-honored, old school method of using smoke signals to send help. To create extra smoke, throw some spruce and pine leaves into the fire. This will make the smoke more visible.

If a camper can’t find a cell phone signal, they should try the time-honored, old school method of using smoke signals to send help. To create extra smoke, throw some spruce and pine leaves into the fire. This will make the smoke more visible.

What is the safest place to sleep in the wild without a tent?

  • Up in a tree
  • On the ground
  • In a hammock
  • In a cave

Set up a hammock between two trees and make sure it’s secured. This will keep anyone safe from running into critters like snakes and it’s not so high off the ground that a person could risk breaking their neck if they fall.

Set up a hammock between two trees and make sure it’s secured. This will keep anyone safe from running into critters like snakes and it’s not so high off the ground that a person could risk breaking their neck if they fall.

If the weather outside is arctic cold and someone is stranded in the wilderness, can snow hydrate them?

  • Yes
  • No, it’s contaminated
  • Yes, as long as it’s not yellow
  • No, it’s poisonous

Snow is still water so it does have the power to rehydrate, but it’s important to melt it first so that it doesn’t cause one's body temperature to drop so low that someone could go into hypothermic shock.

Snow is still water so it does have the power to rehydrate, but it’s important to melt it first so that it doesn’t cause one's body temperature to drop so low that someone could go into hypothermic shock.

Is a rescue mirror useful in the wild?

  • No, it can cause a fire
  • Maybe, try it out
  • No, it can blind people
  • Yes, but two are needed

A single mirror won’t reflect enough light to catch anyone’s attention, especially if it’s very cloudy. But it’s a lot easier to cause a brighter reflection light with two mirrors.

A single mirror won’t reflect enough light to catch anyone’s attention, especially if it’s very cloudy. But it’s a lot easier to cause a brighter reflection light with two mirrors.

If someone develops a blister while hiking, they should do the following:

  • Peel the skin off
  • Drain the liquid
  • Bandage it up
  • Ignore the discomfort

Find a needle and sterilize it with some rubbing alcohol. Then jab the blister but avoid removing the skin if possible. Once the excess liquid is drained, whoever got a blister will experience some relief.

Find a needle and sterilize it with some rubbing alcohol. Then jab the blister but avoid removing the skin if possible. Once the excess liquid is drained, whoever got a blister will experience some relief.

Insert this into the end of a split branch to create a makeshift torch.

  • Used underwear
  • A sock
  • Moss
  • Tree bark

Need some light to light the way when the sun goes down? Create a torch by sticking birch bark into the end of a split branch. This will ensure that the torch burns bright for a long time.

Need some light to light the way when the sun goes down? Create a torch by sticking birch bark into the end of a split branch. This will ensure that the torch burns bright for a long time.

If someone in a camping group gets bitten by a snake, what should people do until help arrives?

  • Give them pain pills
  • Suck the venom out
  • Make a tourniquet
  • Jot down the snake’s appearance

Knowing what kind of snake bit someone will help first responders know how long the person has to live and what type of anti-venom to administer.

Knowing what kind of snake bit someone will help first responders know how long the person has to live and what type of anti-venom to administer.

How much gear should you pack for a hiking adventure?

  • Enough to prepare for any situation
  • Only what you’ll use
  • As much as you can carry
  • None, you’ll find everything you need in the wild

Carrying any more gear than necessary on a hiking trip can not only slow you down due to the excess weight, it can also put strain on your back and cause you to lose your balance if you find yourself on uneven ground during your hike.

Carrying any more gear than necessary on a hiking trip can not only slow you down due to the excess weight, it can also put strain on your back and cause you to lose your balance if you find yourself on uneven ground during your hike.

If you get caught in wet weather while wearing this clothing material, you won’t have a good time:

  • Leather
  • Nylon
  • Wool
  • Cotton

Cotton is comfortable and light weight when it’s dry, but it can absorb a lot of moisture. So, if you get caught in the rain while decked out in cotton, you’ll soon be weighed down by your cold and wet clothes.

Cotton is comfortable and light weight when it’s dry, but it can absorb a lot of moisture. So, if you get caught in the rain while decked out in cotton, you’ll soon be weighed down by your cold and wet clothes.

Which of these items can most efficiently catch a rescuer’s attention?

  • Glowstick
  • Torch
  • Airhorn
  • Candles

Glowsticks last for a long time, much longer than anything that can be set on fire. And they’re perfect for lighting one’s way in the dark. Plus, they’re easy to pack in even the smallest of knapsacks.

Glowsticks last for a long time, much longer than anything that can be set on fire. And they’re perfect for lighting one’s way in the dark. Plus, they’re easy to pack in even the smallest of knapsacks.

Easily found tourist ponchos can be used for what purpose while camping?

  • Blanket
  • Firestarter
  • Raintrap
  • Water filter

These clear plastic ponchos can be used as rain traps to catch drinkable rainwater. Just arrange the poncho into a funnel-shaped receptacle while it’s raining and you’ll soon be able to collect the water.

These clear plastic ponchos can be used as rain traps to catch drinkable rainwater. Just arrange the poncho into a funnel-shaped receptacle while it’s raining and you’ll soon be able to collect the water.

Trail mix is also known as…

  • Scroggin
  • Scotch eggs
  • Flim flam
  • Motsunabe

This term for a mix of pre-prepared dried fruits and nuts originated in Australia and New Zealand, so you might not hear it much in other parts of the world!

This term for a mix of pre-prepared dried fruits and nuts originated in Australia and New Zealand, so you might not hear it much in other parts of the world!

You can drink water from a river if:

  • It has just rained
  • There are no fish in it
  • There are fish in it
  • You have water purifying tablets

Water may be contaminated with bacteria even if it looks clear and there is vegetation living in it. It is always safer to filter your water with purifying tablets than risk a nasty infection.

Water may be contaminated with bacteria even if it looks clear and there is vegetation living in it. It is always safer to filter your water with purifying tablets than risk a nasty infection.

Which common kitchen item can be used during camping trips to reflect heat, serve as a fire pit base and be a utensil in a pinch?

  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Ziplock bags
  • Uncooked rice

Aluminum foil is light, so it won’t weigh down your bag, and you can mold it into shapes to mimic other utensils like a spoon or spatula. Its reflective surface can also reflect heat and be used near fires.

Aluminum foil is light, so it won’t weigh down your bag, and you can mold it into shapes to mimic other utensils like a spoon or spatula. Its reflective surface can also reflect heat and be used near fires.

Which weather factor should you consider first when building a fire by your camp?

  • Rain
  • Wind
  • Sun
  • Humidity

Obviously, no one wants to sit (or sleep) downwind of a burning fire, so always make sure that your fire is far enough away from your camp so it won’t be filled with smoke if you happen to be in the line of fire.

Obviously, no one wants to sit (or sleep) downwind of a burning fire, so always make sure that your fire is far enough away from your camp so it won’t be filled with smoke if you happen to be in the line of fire.

Which of these strategies won’t help you avoid animal encounters?

  • Traveling alone
  • Keeping clean
  • Being loud
  • Traveling in a group

Aggressive and timid animals are more likely to avoid groups of people, so always remember that there’s safety in numbers. If you’re traveling alone make sure to keep some deterrents on you to keep the animals away.

Aggressive and timid animals are more likely to avoid groups of people, so always remember that there’s safety in numbers. If you’re traveling alone make sure to keep some deterrents on you to keep the animals away.

If a person gets lost in the woods, what should they immediately do with their phone?

  • Use the flashlight
  • Turn it off
  • Blare some loud music
  • Download a movie

Every second of your phone’s battery life is precious when you’re lost in the woods, so don’t waste any of it while you don’t have cell signal. Wait until you’re sure that you can call for help before you start using it.

Every second of your phone’s battery life is precious when you’re lost in the woods, so don’t waste any of it while you don’t have cell signal. Wait until you’re sure that you can call for help before you start using it.

Insects are a great protein source for hungry travelers, but don’t eat this type of bug:

  • Crickets
  • Slugs
  • Cockroach
  • Grasshopper

Slugs are known to eat poisonous plants and some of them can carry parasites, so eating a slug while you’re on the go could make you very sick or send you to a hospital.

Slugs are known to eat poisonous plants and some of them can carry parasites, so eating a slug while you’re on the go could make you very sick or send you to a hospital.

If you have to dig for water, where should you start digging?

  • At a high elevation
  • At a low elevation
  • Under a rock
  • Near plants

If green plants are able to grow in an area, there is ample water flow here, so if you dig low enough you should be able to find water. But the water source may be very deep in the ground.

If green plants are able to grow in an area, there is ample water flow here, so if you dig low enough you should be able to find water. But the water source may be very deep in the ground.

What should be the first thing a person does when they realize that they are lost?

  • Stop moving
  • Turn around and run
  • Start a fire
  • Retrace their steps

To avoid panic in a scary situation the best course of action is to stop moving and come up with a plan. From there you can decide whether to keep traveling or stay put and wait for help.

To avoid panic in a scary situation the best course of action is to stop moving and come up with a plan. From there you can decide whether to keep traveling or stay put and wait for help.

A fire can be started using only wood, a metal can and which food?

  • Olive oil
  • Peanuts
  • Chocolate
  • Rice

To create a fire using this method, polish the bottom of the metal can with chocolate until it becomes a shiny mirror that is then capable of igniting a flame.

To create a fire using this method, polish the bottom of the metal can with chocolate until it becomes a shiny mirror that is then capable of igniting a flame.

Experts recommend doing this to get out of an avalanche:

  • Dancing
  • Singing
  • Yelling
  • Spitting

Spitting will create a pocket of air around your mouth and it will also follow gravity and let you know which way is up after you have been thrown around by the snow.

Spitting will create a pocket of air around your mouth and it will also follow gravity and let you know which way is up after you have been thrown around by the snow.

Which area would give you the best chance of survival in an apocalypse?

  • Rural
  • Urban
  • Underground
  • Underwater

Living around lots of land will give you the ability to grow your own food and keep safe from potential zombie invaders. It would also be safer than being around the crumbling infrastructure of a city after a disaster.

Living around lots of land will give you the ability to grow your own food and keep safe from potential zombie invaders. It would also be safer than being around the crumbling infrastructure of a city after a disaster.

Super glue can be used in an emergency for which purpose?

  • Snack
  • Shampoo
  • Bug repellent
  • Cut sealant

Wounds should be sealed immediately when you’re outdoors and strong glue can be used in a pinch to close a cut, as long as you get the cut cleaned first.

Wounds should be sealed immediately when you’re outdoors and strong glue can be used in a pinch to close a cut, as long as you get the cut cleaned first.

Which common item can be a water container, fire starter and slingshot band?

  • Ziploc bag
  • Condom
  • Garden hose
  • Copper wire

It might not be the first use on your mind for this item, but a condom can be used for all of those things in an emergency because it is made of very strong latex.

It might not be the first use on your mind for this item, but a condom can be used for all of those things in an emergency because it is made of very strong latex.

A gorge hook can be used to catch fish, but how does this method of making a hook differ from usual fish hooks?

  • They can catch more than one fish
  • You don’t have to use bait
  • They only work in saltwater
  • They must be pulled slowly

If you’re not using a traditional fishing rod, a gorge hook should be reeled in slowly so the hook can actually get lodged in the fish that you’re trying to catch.

If you’re not using a traditional fishing rod, a gorge hook should be reeled in slowly so the hook can actually get lodged in the fish that you’re trying to catch.

This popular snack is surprisingly effective kindling:

  • Oreos
  • Doritos
  • Skittles
  • Tootsie Pops

The cheesy powder coating on Doritos has a high fat content, so they are very flammable. The chips themselves will also keep burning instead of extinguishing the flame, making Doritos good fire starters.

The cheesy powder coating on Doritos has a high fat content, so they are very flammable. The chips themselves will also keep burning instead of extinguishing the flame, making Doritos good fire starters.

What is a pre-packed knapsack of survival gear called?

  • Bug-out bag
  • Camper van
  • MRE
  • Sleeping bag

Another name for a totally packed sack is an INCH bag, which stands for “I’m never coming home.” Of course, you’ll need to get back to civilization once your supplies run out.

Another name for a totally packed sack is an INCH bag, which stands for “I’m never coming home.” Of course, you’ll need to get back to civilization once your supplies run out.

This set-up can be used to determine the:

  • Wind direction
  • Humidity
  • Time
  • Water source location

This set-up is a basic sundial, which can be used as a way to estimate the time. It works by casting a shadow on the ground, which has been prepared to look like a clock, effectively telling the time.

This set-up is a basic sundial, which can be used as a way to estimate the time. It works by casting a shadow on the ground, which has been prepared to look like a clock, effectively telling the time.

At what time of day is your shadow the shortest?

  • Noon
  • Midnight
  • 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 am

At noon, the sun is directly overhead, so it won’t cast much of a shadow on you or anything around you. As it gets later in the day, you shadow will become longer.

At noon, the sun is directly overhead, so it won’t cast much of a shadow on you or anything around you. As it gets later in the day, you shadow will become longer.

Near the end of the day, you can use your hand to estimate the time of sunset. How much time does each finger represent?

  • 5 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 1 hour

By putting your hand on the horizon between the sun and land, you can determine how much time is left before it will get dark by counting how many fingers are between the sun and land.

By putting your hand on the horizon between the sun and land, you can determine how much time is left before it will get dark by counting how many fingers are between the sun and land.

Which is the best food staple for preservation?

  • Corn
  • Beans
  • Meat
  • Fruit

Beans can withstand a variety of preservation methods including canning and dry storage. Beans are also nutrient rich and filling foods, so they can last longer than other foods.

Beans can withstand a variety of preservation methods including canning and dry storage. Beans are also nutrient rich and filling foods, so they can last longer than other foods.

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