Here’s Your Naked And Afraid Survival Guide

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If you haven’t been watching the Discovery channel’s Naked And Afraid, I’m afraid you don’t know what you’re missing. More than just survivor meets nudity, the shows you what it was like to survive back in when clothes weren’t invented, out in the bush for 40 long days. So let’s here from two of the shows biggest stars, Jake Nodar and Steven Lee Hall Jr., on what it takes to survive – naked!
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Build A Nest

Jake: “The first thing you do is build a perimeter. Being inserted into the location was an eye-opener: water buffalo, elephants, lions—all sorts of things that could do great harm to you. As soon as we arrived, I worked with the two people I was initially paired up with to construct a really solid perimeter—thorn trees and thorns bushes to keep out predators. To do it correctly, it’s a solid half-day project. It should be eight to 10 feet high, and about 6 to 8 feet wide. The first day, we didn’t really think it through. The first night, when you’re hearing lions roar and everything else, we realized we had to spend some time the next day to make sure it was constructed a little more securely.”
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Build A Nest

Steven: “Shelter, water, and fire. That’s what you’ve got to look for. Where we were, in Africa, is in the middle of a 100-year drought. So water was the No. 1 priority.”
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Get Your Drink On

Steven: “The easiest way to find water is to find an old riverbed. Out in Africa, everything is thirsty, so if you follow those long enough, it’s gonna take you to a water source. You work with what you can get—but all the same animals were looking for the same resources we were. It’s tough out there. Once you find something that can sustain you for a little while, you stick to it, and you stick with it. But you’ve also gotta know when to get out of it.”
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Get Your Drink On

“Our water source was pretty disgusting, to say the least. It was a very insignificant little mud hole, and all the other animals in the animal also drank it. We would get a pot of it and let it boil for quite a long time, just to play it safe.”
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Light Your Fire

Steven: “You’ve gotta keep a fire going 24-7. A fire is your lifeline out there. Not only at night, when it keeps predators away and keeps you warm. You could have an awesome shelter, but if you’re freezing to death, it doesn’t do anything for you. But during the day, you’ve gotta boil water, and you’ve gotta cook food. If you come across it.”
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Snacking

Jake: “You read up on the various fruits and plants you can eat, which are more of a sure thing than hunting. It’s amazing out there, because the area that we were in—just that small area—has changed so drastically. And the drought definitely affected our ability to collect food. There are plenty of animals, but they’re on high alert. They’re used to being stalked by lions and leopards. It’s definitely a challenge, trying to sneak up on prey animals. There are options—it takes a while, but there are several different techniques you can use. For smaller animals, you can set snares—a great way to hunt without having to put a lot of effort in. You set them up, and you hope that they work. The other way to hunt is to make a blind and spend hours, days, whatever, until animals start walking by, and you have a better chance of a successful hunt.”
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Snacking

Steven: “In Africa, everything is hungry. Herbivores and carnivores—they’re all trying to get food, and all at the same time. The best thing to do is to get a base knowledge of edible plants, and have a deep hunting background. The thing with hunting is that it’s hunting. If you’re a hunter, you know: Most of the time you go out there to bag something, you’re gonna come home with memories of sitting in a tree for eight hours. It’s the luck of the draw. Sometimes you’re sitting there and a giant animal comes. Sometimes you’re sitting there, and all you hear is the hum of mosquitos and flies. You’ve gotta take take what you can get. If a 700-pound kudu comes along, that’s something. But then you’ve gotta get that animal.”
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Home Sweet Home

Steven: “You gotta work with the environment you’re in, and the resources you have. In Africa, it’s not like the jungle or the rainforest, where you have all these awesome, giant palm fronds. It’s an arid, dry landscape, and the plants don’t have the giant leaves. You can’t weave mats. You have to improvise. The main thing about shelter in Africa is going to sleep at night and not having an animal eating you when you wake up in the morning. You need a bunch of thorns to keep those predators out.”
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Home Sweet Home

Jake: “You have a little security at night, knowing that you’re surrounded by your perimeter, but even then you’re basically separated from these huge killing machines by a bunch of sticks.”
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The Lion King Is For Real

Steven: “The Lion King is real. They aren’t all dancing around singing songs, but every animal you see in The Lion King is out there. You have leopards and hyenas. If you come across a predator, don’t run. In Africa, if you run away, you’re a prey animal now. You have to stick to your ground, and once you’re safe, maybe make a couple perimeters. Be wary of your environment. The crazy thing is that these animals have evolved for millions of years. Africa is the oldest land mass on the entire planet. These animals know how to hunt, and know how to hide, so you have to have eyes in the back of your head out there.”
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The Lion King Is For Real

Jake: “We had to have a fire going from dusk ’til dawn. You don’t wanna startle them, so a lot of times the fire and the smoke can help keep them away, and at least alert them to your presence. And you just have to be on guard 24-7. Nonstop.”
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Stay Cool

Steven: “If you do get sick, the best thing you can do is rest and hydrate and stay in the shade. You may think the biggest things to worry about are the lions and the leopards and the hyenas, but the little things can take you out faster than something chasing after you. The best thing you can do is be smart in what you eat, and be careful not to cut yourself. Out there, a tiny cut can get infected, and you’re done.”
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Don’t Take Off ALL Your Clothes

Steven: “Africa is the harshest, most difficult, unforgiving terrain on the planet. I grew up in Texas, and I’ve lived in Florida my whole life. I’ve dealt with heat, and I’ve dealt with tough terrain, and I’ve dealt with crazy animals: gators, wild boar, all that stuff. But Africa isdifferent, and you can’t prepare for that. The ground is the first ground that came out of the ocean. You’re walking on fossils. And the heat, and the animals that want to eat your face… you’ve gotta trust your instincts.”
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Don’t Take Off ALL Your Clothes

Jake: “I knew it was going to be hot, but I didn’t realize that by 9:30 in the morning, the soil is too hot to walk on. There are things like that that you don’t really take into account, that affect your day-to-day tasks. There’s always something you didn’t fully plan on.”
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