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Sometimes you may not have access to wood, paper, or any other material necessary to start a fire. If not, while you’re waiting to be rescued:

  • Wear the proper type of clothing (no cotton).
  • Stay dry. Use water-repellent outer garments.
  • Limit your physical activity to conserve energy. Sweating unnecessarily dampens your inner clothing and makes you feel colder.
  • Seek shelter from the wind and cold.
  • Don’t rest for long on rocks, the ground, or other cold surfaces.
  • Wrap your body in a thermal foil blanket. This will maintain a temperature of 60°F inside the wrap, even when the outside temperature is -10°F.
  • Conserve your resources, and use them wisely.
  • Learn detailed winter survival tips from scout organizations, public libraries, and camping goods stores.
Hunter preventing the onset of hypothermia by using a hypothermia emergency bag
Wind chill factor chart showing wind speed and air temperature - Frostbite occurs in 15 minutes or less

Wind chill is given in the body of this table.

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