Wilderness Survival - Planning
(Adapted from the U.S. Army Survival Manual)
Survival planning is realizing something could happen that
would put you in a survival situation and, with that in mind,
taking steps to increase your chances of survival. Thus, survival
planning means preparation. Preparation means having survival
items and knowing how to use them.
Note: You have to carefully consider what environment and
conditions you'll be in. Having done that, you can assemble the
proper items from the list on the page Wilderness
Another example of preparation is carrying extra large water
containers if you'll be in a desert environment. Preparation
could also mean knowing your intended route of travel and familiarizing
yourself with the area. Finally, medical emergency planning is
essential. Have first aid items and know how to use them.
One important aspect of prior planning is preventive medicine.
Ensuring that you have no dental problems and that your immunizations
are current will help you avoid potential dental or health problems.
A dental problem in a survival situation will reduce your ability
to cope with other problems that you face. Failure to keep your
shots current may mean your body is not immune to diseases that
are prevalent in the area.
Steve's Notes: Proper survival planning also means
telling other where you will be, so you can be found in the case
of a wilderness emergency. Also, once you are in a survival situation,
if you need to travel, leave a note or other sign behind for
any rescuers to find.
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