Sometimes, when put in extreme conditions, even the savviest book survivalist can freeze up and forget much or all of what they thought they knew.
Finding the right guide or book to keep with and around you at all times could mean the difference in knowing what to eat, how to catch it, and what else you need to do to last as long as possible until help arrives or you find it yourself.
What Your Wilderness Survival Guide Should Include
Any survival guide should include the basics, but with the sheer number of publications out there, ensuring yours meets the following criteria will give you the best chance for success.
- What’s for dinner? One of the most important things to include when it comes to survival is an entire chapter or more on finding, capturing, and preparing food.
Make sure your guide has extensive information on what you can and should eat in the wild, along with tips and tools needed to take it from where it is to where you need it to be: inside your stomach.
A berry and plant guide and comparison of what’s edible, what’s not, and what’s poisonous is also a great addition.
- Raise the roof! Besides food and water, you’re going to need shelter from the elements, the sun, the animals, or all of the above.
Being able to build a makeshift shelter is essential to prolonging the amount of time you can survive in the wilderness.
Look for a guide that focuses on materials that you will find in nature, so you will have everything you need on hand to make your new home, but you should always keep your survival kit on you anyway, which, by the way, isn’t a bad place to keep your survival book too!
- “I saw the sign…” While you may be perfectly cozy and well-fed in your new home thanks to the first two chapters, you’re probably going to want to mozy on back toward civilization at some point there, Tarzan.
Knowing how to signal for help using sounds, fire, lights, and sand can get you rescued faster and easier than just waiting for an eagle-eyed personnel to track you down.
If you’re the go-getter type, navigating your way back toward help can be made easier with detailed information on using compasses and stars to find your way around in the outdoors.
No matter where you go, having the right wilderness survival guide with you could pay off big time in the right (or wrong) situation.