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Survival Manual

Here is a summary some of the things you can learn from this survival manual.


Survival planning is nothing more than realizing something could happen that would put you in a survival situation and, keeping that in mind, taking necessary steps to increase your chance of survival. So, survival planning means preparation. Preparation means having survival items and knowing how to make use of them. It is important to read monthly your survival manual to refresh your mind of the knowledge in it. For example, people who live in snow areas prepare their vehicles for bad road conditions. They put snow tires on, add extra weight over the drive wheels for traction, and they carry a shovel, salt, and a blankets for warmth. Another example of preparation is locating the emergency exits on an aircraft when you get on a flight. Preparation can also mean knowing your route of travel and making yourself familiar with the area. And lastly, emergency planning is essential.


Preparing and carrying a survival kit is very important. All US Army aircraft have survival kits on board for the type areas over which they intend to fly. There are kits for over water survival, for hot climates, and an pilot survival vest. If you are not an pilot, you will probably not have access to the survival vests or special survival kits. Never the less, if you know what these kits contain, it will help you to put together your own survival kit or find similar ones for sale. Even the smallest survival kits, if properly setup, are invaluable when faced with a survival situations. Before making your survival kit, consider where you are, the environment around you, what equipment you have access to, and vehicles in you possession.


The environment is the key to the kings of things you will need in your survival kit. How much stuff you put in your kit depends on how you will carry it. A kit carried on your body will have to be smaller than one carried in a car or truck. Always layer your survival kit, keeping the most important items on your body. For example, your map and compass should always be carried on your body. Carry less important items in your vehicles. Put bulky items in large bags.

In preparing your survival kit, select things you can use for more than one purpose. If you have three items that will serve the same purpose, pick the one you can use for another purpose. Don't duplicate items, as this increases your kit's weight and size.

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