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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 Survival Kits.

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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