One of my favourite books to take along on a camping trip is the US Army Survival Manual. It has lots of great tips and pictures of survival situation that I like to try out in the wild. It has lots of examples of edible plants, poisonous plants, dangerous insects, poisonous snakes and lizards. It gives an in-depth description on weather and how to read clouds.
Here is an example of some tips in the manual:
The environment is the key to the types of items you will need in your survival kit. How much equipment you put in your kit depends on how you will carry the kit. A kit carried on your body will have to be smaller than one carried in a vehicle. Always layer your survival kit, keeping the most important items on your body. For example, your map and compass should always be on your body. Carry less important items on your load-bearing equipment. Place bulky items in the rucksack.
In preparing your survival kit, select items you can use for more than one purpose. If you have two items that will serve the same function, pick the one you can use for another function. Do not duplicate items, as this increases your kit’s size and weight.
Your survival kit need not be elaborate. You need only functional items that will meet your needs and a case to hold the items. For the case, you might want to use a Band-Aid box, a first aid case, an ammunition pouch, or another suitable case.
This case should be:
- Water repellent or waterproof.
- Easy to carry or attach to your body.
- Suitable to accept various sized components.
In your survival kit, you should have:
- First aid items.
- Water purification tablets or drops.
- Fire starting equipment.
- Signaling items.
- Food procurement items.
- Shelter items.
Some examples of these items are:
- Lighter, metal match, waterproof matches.
- Snare wire.
- Signaling mirror.
- Wrist or full size compass.
- Fishing line.
- Small hand lens.
- Oxytetracycline tablets (diarrhea or infection).
- Water purification tablets.
- Solar blanket.
- Surgical blades.
- Butterfly sutures.
- Chap Stick.
- Needle and thread.
- Hand sanitizer
Be Always Prepared