Where most people think of Bear Grylls almost immediately when it comes to outdoor TV tough guys, the star of Man vs. Wild doesn’t have anything on Les Stroud, the Canadian host of Survivorman. Where Grylls has been subject to scrutiny — like the revelation that he occasionally stays in hotels while on location — Stroud is the real deal. He’s got years of real world experience as a wilderness guide, plus he’s so committed to living a natural existence that he actually spent one year of his life living like a freaking cavemen (true story). So, when this Canadian adventurer heads to a remote location with only the most bare of essentials and offers his advice on how to come through the situation alive, you’d do well to listen. This is one TV personality who actually knows what he’s talking about.
1. Brag About Your Wilderness Trip A Lot
Let’s start here. Before you head off into the wilderness to be at one (or two) with nature, you should tell people. Lots of people. Like, tons and tons of people. Don’t just put it up on your Facebook page, either. Tell lots of real, actual, in person people. And let them know when you’re supposed to be back. That way, you’ve upped the odds that someone will come looking for you should something bad happen.