1. You will immediately create a trail wherever you walk, whether through grass or through leaves. After walking the same path only a few times, your trail will be more than evident.
2. You can travel more silently by sticking to the trails you have made (or to other trails) than to make a new path, crunching and smashing.
3. When you settle in a new location during the day, look for landmarks and count your steps to and from your location! Always check behind your back as well because one way in will always look different the other way out. This way, if you leave your area to return at night, you can count your steps back in and better recognize your whereabouts.
4. The most dangerous thing in the forest is other people.
5. A wheezing whistle that is followed by a snorting and maybe sounds of death is probably a raccoon.
6. Most times silent, some times only making a slight sound: if anything making a home below your tent “seems” like a mouse or mice, it probably is. They will mind their own business and learn to sleep away from where you sleep. They will even learn to come in at night, settle quickly and be quiet.
7. Spiders are pretty harmless. Even lost spiders in a tent will try their best to hide along cracks and corners until they can get OUT. The only spiders that attempt to be in your face are the tiny specs who hang only a few inches from your ceiling.
8. All sorts of things live in leaves and sticks, including the ones that are burnt for fire: beetles, spiders, ants and even snakes and other things, all trying their best to be avoided and to avoid.
9. Deer, squirrels, turtles and many other animals can sound like a human walking.
10. If you have a winter sleeping bag or a fire and you arrive to your sleeping location at night but are weary of removing your socks and jacket and etc, remove them! These items are very restricting and you will find that your own skin may be warmer against itself, especially once in a sleeping bag or next to a fire.