How to fish without the rod



Fishing is said to be an important survival skill for anyone who wishes to embrace the wilderness. But in an environment where you can’t solely rely on technology, knowing the traditional way of doing things could come in handy. And this applies even in fishing!


There are a lot of ways to fish without actually having to use a fishing rod. You can simply use those that Mother Nature provided for you and let your resourcefulness take over!


A typical fishing rod has a grip, a shaft, a string, a hook and a reel. The hook basically holds the bait and is attached to a string which is connected to the reel. The reel allows you to control the length of the string. You can use it to either lower the bait, or pull up your catch. It is attached to the main frame of the rod which is divided into two main parts: the shaft and the grip. The shaft is the upper body of the rod which holds the string and the hook. The grip on the other hand is located just below the reel and is where you mainly place your hands to handle the rod.



If you think about it, a fishing rod can easily be replicated with materials that you can see around you. An alternative would be to use a long branch as your rod and to make use of your shoelaces, a yarn, or any long, strong grass you can find as a string. You can then use a paper clip, a hair pin or a pop-top as a hook. And voilá! You have your makeshift fishing rod!



If you can’t find a long branch, you can simply tie the string to a branch that hovers over the river and let it sit there until you catch a fish! You can use food scraps, colourful plastics, or dead insects as bait.


Other ways include: scooping, spearing, setting a trap, cornering the fish, or even using your bare hands!


Fishing is a very enjoyable outdoor activity when you’re out camping. You don’t only learn the ways of the wild but you also get to appreciate what you can do without the convenience of this generation’s technology. Sometimes, you just got to cut loose and go back to the basics to enjoy life’s simple joys to the fullest.


So the next time you go camping, you might want to leave your fishing rod behind and try the traditional way of catching a fish!

Stop being lost in the woods

using a compass is important

using a compass is importantIt’s not impossible to lose your way when you’re out on a camping trip. Sometimes, the wilderness just calls on you and you let yourself wander around. The next thing you know, you’re lost. When this happens, remember to S.T.O.P.


Stay calm. It’s so easy to panic when you find yourself not knowing where to go or what to do next, but that won’t be of any help. Panic is your worst enemy. If you find yourself getting lost, you need to take a deep breath, stay calm, and try to retrace your steps.  When you’re sure you can’t remember where you passed or which path you took, stay where you are and think things over. Don’t go wandering aimlessly. Walking around might cause you to get even more lost. Just sit down, don’t overthink, and keep a positive attitude.


Think. Now that you have calmed down, try to look around you if anything looks familiar. Think back to where you came from and the direction you took thereafter. Try as much as you can to recall even the tiniest detail you can extract from your memory. See if there’s anything that could trigger you to remember the turns you took and how far you are from where everybody is.


Observe. If you brought a map and a compass, take them out and try to figure out where you are. Observe your surroundings and see if anything rings a bell. If you don’t happen to have a map or a compass, an alternative would be to find a water source. A stream or a river flows downhill and will typically lead you to a trail. Following a water source could also help you get out of the woods.


Plan. Whatever your situation or circumstance is, you need to plan your next move. If you are certain than you can find your way by following a familiar trail, you might as well take your chances. Remember to mark the path behind you so when you find yourself at an unfamiliar place or at a dead end, you can still go back to your point of origin. If you are not confident that you can find your way, better stay in your place and wait for someone to find you.


Time is also of the essence in this situation. The forest can be a dangerous place after sun down so if you can’t compete with time, better prepare to sleep the night through. Predators and insects are more aggressive at night which is why you need to make camp in a spot where you can protect yourself. You can either create a bonfire or sleep atop a tree.


Getting lost on a camping trip can happen to anyone that is why it’s very important to always be prepared—physically and mentally. Your survival relies heavily on how you react to your situation and how mentally present you are when faced with circumstances like this. Remember to study these tips and to put them to heart so you can equip yourself better when the situation arises. These could potentially save your life when the time comes.

what you need to bring when camping

examples of pocket knife

Think of any outdoor activity that you would want to try at least once in your life and I’m pretty sure camping would come to mind. Can you just imagine a stretch of green as far as your eyes can see, the smell of roasted meat carried by a cool breeze, the sound of birds blending with the rustle of the leaves, and the feel of being away from the busy streets of the city? Camping is the perfect getaway for anyone who would want to just take a time out, relax, and be one with nature.


But it won’t be perfect if you don’t prepare for it! So here are some camping essentials you should never dare to forget:


  1. Tent

picture of a tent

This is probably the most obvious thing you should have with you when you go camping—unless you plan to sleep in your car or under the starry night, which you can totally do too. But what is camping without a tent?


If you own a tent and have been keeping it in the basement, then you need to take it out and make sure that it’s still fully functional (and livable) before going on that trip. Most of the time, when you don’t check your equipment before your actual adventure, you end up overlooking important things—like buying a new tent.


But if you don’t have one to begin with, you can borrow one from a friend who has so you don’t have to spend on something you don’t plan to do very often. You can also opt to rent a tent. Just make sure that you and your things would fit in it and that all of its parts are there, even the extra material that goes at the top of tent and helps filter rain out.


  1. Sleeping bag and pillow

one of our sleeping bag

If you intend to camp out for a few days or even just overnight, then you’ll need a sleeping bag and a pillow for a good night’s sleep. Some sleeping bag already has a miniature pillow attached to it and is very convenient for you if you plan to keep your baggage at minimum. Other campers also like the idea of makeshift beds where they make use of whatever resources they have (e.g. blanket, towel) and turn it into something they can sleep on.


Note: Having something you can comfortably sleep on is very important when camping. How you wake up the next day will determine how the rest of your day would be. If you were able to sleep well the night before, then you’ll most likely wake up with a smile.


  1. Flashlight, lantern or headlamp


When camping, expect to have little to no access to technology and much less, electricity. You will need to bring a source of light that is battery-powered and can last for as long as you plan to camp out. Although others bring Recreational Vans (RVs) when camping or other new technology that can provide campers with good light, it doesn’t hurt to bring a handy flashlight just in case unexpected things happen.


Any source of light coming from fire is highly discouraged since it can be dangerous when left alone. Bonfires are a usual camp thing but it should be responsibly put out after any campfire activity.


  1. First Aid Kit

prepare first aid

Considering that camping is an outdoor activity, getting a cut or bruise is to be expected. Insect bites are also inevitable. This means that having a first aid kit with you is very important so your cut, bruise, or bite will not get infected and result to something much worse. This will also be very helpful in case the hospital is quite a distance and you need immediate medical attention.


  1. Pocket knife

examples of pocket knife

When camping, you’ll find a new appreciation for pocket knives or Swiss Army knives. It’s basically a tool that is very handy in an environment that requires you to be resourceful. It can be used for cutting, opening, slicing and many more!


Of course, these are only some of the things you need to pack when you decide to go camping. But we only listed those that you should never (but tend to) forget. Other essentials include: clothes, compass, rope, and a match or lighter.


Camping can be a very great outdoor activity if you’re down to embrace nature in its purest form. It can help you appreciate the beauty of the wilderness before man knew technology and teach you the value of experience. Just be sure to make a list of things you will need to bring so you don’t have to worry about forgetting a camping essential.