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Hunter preventing the onset of hypothermia by using a hypothermia emergency bag

To survive cold weather when you cannot build a fire:

  • Wear the proper type of clothing (no cotton).
  • Stay dry. Use water-repellent outer garments.
  • Build a shelter. The best is a nylon tarp shelter as it will protect you from wind, rain, and snow. Insulate the floor of the shelter with pine boughs, if available.
  • Avoid contact with cold surfaces (the ground, rocks, or snow).
  • 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.
  • Limit your physical activity to conserve energy.
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