A Guide To Preparedness

What is preparedness in terms of survival? It can have several different meanings and the answer can be different according to the situation. When it comes down to looking at the principles of survival it’s all the same in any situation but, that is a surface-level opinion that does have merit. It’s more about what priorities you will come across in a given situation. In this article the topics of mindset and philosophy and actual concepts that a survivalist or really anyone would need to know. The most important aspect of any survival situation is that you stay calm and plan as much as you can for keeping what little resources you do have in check. Important resources are pretty much anything you can carry in your pack or that you would take with you into unfamiliar territory.

Survival in unfamiliar territory

  It is important to be prepared as much as you can when traveling to a place you have never been. Many times you could be in another country and not have any kind of essential items that you would usually have when traveling, camping, or in any combination of situations. This kind of situation may put you in a situation where you have to rely more on your skills than any tools you would have with you. An example of this could be going off the hiking trail path at a state park, as is the case in a barren desert-like area where much of the terrain is the same-looking. 

The main issues should be food, water, and shelter. If you have plenty of one of these at least that you could make last until you get to civilization, then the other resources should take precedence. Here are some skills that you can use to get back to civilization.

  1. Food gathering & Hunting– To have a firm understanding of how to find animals; different skills should be used. In a resource-rich environment you may have the choice of hunting or fishing but, most of the time you may not have that choice. Most of the time small game is abundant like a hare, squirrels and pretty much any other rodent you can imagine.
  2. Water– water can come in many different forms most of the time even near a slow-moving water source ( for example, a river that has overgrown plants and algae would be filled with dangerous bacteria and pathogens) you can find ways to sanitize water that you find. Half the battle is identifying if the water is potable.
  3. Other Resources– Other than food and water you may have items you brought with you. A good rule of thumb for maximizing the use of your tools is to have multi-use items or items that are meant to last and are easy to carry.

When to stay vs. when to leave

Another important decision to make in any survival situation is when to stay where you are and when to leave. Many factors can be at play and asking certain questions will help. Are you on your own or with a group? Have you gotten lost before? What life-saving skills do you have? If you end up in a survival situation either you would be asking these questions to others or you may be asked.

If you’re with a group

When with a group you can’t be concerned with yourself only and you must work with others and should want to find a solution. In many cases, you can assign tasks and you may have to continue to move along due to the fact that if you stay in a certain environment that is very desolate it would be a more responsible sky than moving to a place that is safer and may provide better resources. The group should always stick together and even if it seems like a good idea to do so, you shouldn’t.

If you are on your own

If you are on your own you should be experienced in survival and the basics of it. The more proactive you are about being prepared the better. In any situation, the key is having a plan and not really waiting for an opportunity to come to you but, at the moment that you realize you are lost you have to settle somewhere for the night until you can get your bearings. To maximize the potential for survival you should know how to make a good shelter. More specifically, you should be able to use whatever is around you to build a shelter. A good simple shelter to build is a lean-to shelter. In terms of having a prepared mindset knowing the rule of threes will help.

Someone can last:

  • 3 minutes without air
  • 3 hours without shelter
  • 3 days without water
  • 3 weeks without food

Knowing the rule of threes is a tool that could help you make decisions for your life. The key idea here is that there is a difference between what limits there are to a group versus a solo person hiking in the woods or what-have-you. You have to be more proactive and preventative of all resources. This may mean that a short-term issue could become a long-term issue.


  Much of survival is preparation and this article provides a mindset/blueprint. Unexpected things will happen and taking nature seriously can always help. Although, experience and knowledge will lend you a unique perspective. There are many ways to work with nature because if you look hard enough it will provide just what you need at the time you need it. As mentioned before it’s more about skills rather than the tools you have. Although, preparedness can put you in the best possible place when you can have more than what you need.




6 Basic Survival Skills That Will Save Your Life–Tactical.com

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