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.

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