Survival Tips

Water is one of your most urgent needs in a survival situation. You can' t live long without it, especially in hot areas where you lose water rapidly through perspiration. Even in cold areas, you need a minimum of 2 liters of water each day to maintain efficiency.

More than three-fourths of your body is composed of fluids. Your body loses fluid as a result of heat, cold, stress, and exertion. To function effectively, you must replace the fluid your body loses. So, one of your first goals is to obtain an adequate supply of water.

In many survival situations, the ability to start a fire can make the difference between living and dying. Fire can fulfill many needs. It can provide warmth and comfort. It not only cooks and preserves food, it also provides warmth in the form of heated food that saves calories our body normally uses to produce body heat. You can use fire to purify water, sterilize bandages, signal for rescue, and provide protection from animals. It can be a psychological boost by providing peace of mind and companionship. You can also use fire to produce tools and weapons.

When looking for a shelter site, keep in mind the type of shelter (protection) you need. However, you must also consider How much time and effort you need to build the shelter. If the shelter will adequately protect you from the elements (sun, wind, rain, snow). If you have the tools to build it and If not, can you make improvised tools? Do you also have the type and amount of materials needed to build it.

The letters in this word can help guide you in your actions in any survival situation. whenever faced with a survival situation, remember the word SURVIVAL. Study and remember what each letter signifies because you may some day have to make it work for you.

S -Size Up the Situation     ( Surroundings, Physical condition, Equipment )

U -Use All Your Senses, Undue Haste Makes Waste

R -Remember Where You Are

V -Vanquish Fear and Panic

I -Improvise

V -Value Living

A -Act Like the Natives

L -Live by Your Wits, But for Now, Learn Basic Skills