Step 4. Vanquish Fear. Do Not Panic

Two very normal human reactions are Fear and Panic. You have to fight it. You cannot have either to successfully survive on your own. Fear and panic can make it extremely difficult to make any form of an intelligent decision. When you react to your feelings, you are not reacting to your senses. Your not listening to your instincts. Your not thinking things through.

Fear and panic can lead into feeling other negative feelings, such as loss of hope, doom, or an overall fear of death. This will cloud your judgement and likely lead to a much higher survival failure rate.

There are a lot of ways to help reduce the stress and relieve yourself of fear and panic. Having a plan will help, but prior training is the number one way to prevent fear.

The key take away is to keep your head clear and make intelligent decisions.




Step 3. Remember Where You Are

If you have a map, time to pull it out and terrain associate if possible. If you are with others, ensure that everyone in your group knows your location on the map. If you left with a group, and did not bring your own map or compass, try to identify if someone in the group has one. If there is a member of the group with a map and compass, and the end up dying, you are going to want to know whether or not they have a map to recover.

If you do not have a map, remember that the sun rises in the East and Sets in the West. Use the sun as a mean to tell direction. It won’t tell you which way to move but can help you prevent from walking in circles on yourself. You must pay close attention at all times as to the direction you are traveling.

There are multiple factors to keep in mind as you move.

  • The location of potential hostile people
  • The location of potentially friendly people
  • Water sources (should be a top priority)
  • Where you may find food or animals to kill for food
  • Terrain you cannot navigate

It is a good idea to know your pace count and how to use it. Typically your pace count is the number of steps you normally take, on average, per 100 meters traveled on foot. By counting your pace, you can get a fairly accurate measurement of how far you have traveled. Head over to the “Navigation” area over on the left to find our more on how to keep tabs on your physical location. Otherwise, move on to Step 4. Vanquish Fear. Do Not Panic.




Step 2. Put Your Senses To Full Use In Making Your Survival Plan

Initially upon finding yourself in a survival situation, you may panic a bit and have an urge to get yourself moving as quickly as possible. This is typically in hopes that you will find your way out immediately. Remember that undue haste will create undue waste.

You must think, use your sense, and plan your move. Reacting too quickly may find you in the hands of hostile people. You may go in a direction away from water because you did not take time to use your senses to listen and observe. It is in your nature to find water. When in a survival situation, your most primitive instincts will find their way out, you just have to take the time to listen to them.

Take the time to collect any and all equipment you may have. Moving to fast may make you forget extremely important survival items.

You must be extremely observant before moving out. Use all of your senses. Listen to your surrounding area. Identify risks. Smell the air and take note. As you move, pay special attention to any temperature changes. A 10 degree change in temperature can have devastating affects on your body if you are not prepared.

Your first instinct may be to find a place to have a fire, considering you read on this site how to start a fire or had some matches in your list of equipment. This could be a great idea, or a wast of precious time. You may also give yourself away to some very unfriendly people in the local area. People does not always mean safe. In fact, in a survival situation, it would be wise to attempt to observe the behaviors of people to give yourself a chance to decide if hostile or friendly before showing yourself.

The most powerful tool you have, is your senses and their use is an absolute must in any survival situation. Next up: Step 3. Remember Where You Are


Did you miss Step 1.Size Up Your Situation


Step 1. Size Up Your Situation

The first step to any survival plan, is Sizing Up Your Situation. Different survival needs require different action. If you are in an area where there are potentially hostile people, your first step is to find a means of concealing yourself so that you are not seen. Number one priority is security.

It’s time to rely on your senses and put them into action to help you make a plan. If you are in an area where there is not dangerous people, but just no people, than dangerous wildlife and plants is your next concern. You need to process your surroundings to help you create a plan to survive.

Observe your surroundings -

Look at the patterns around you and get a good feel for what is going on. Every environment is different. A forest is not the same as a jungle, likewise, a desert is not the same as the rainforest. Listen to the various animal noises. Listen for movement of insects. If in areas of hostility, listen for the human noises. This is the time you take to allow yourself to begin to adapt to your surrounding.

Your Physical Condition -

Once you find yourself in a survival situation, you also need to take the time to observe and focus on yourself. It could have been quite the rough ride. Whether it was or not it is extremely important to assess yourself. Check for wounds and if you find any, apply first aid. You can find out first aid methods around this site so study ahead of time. If you find injuries, take special care not to cause additional injuries. Take steps to protect yourself from the environment as necessary.

Check For Equipment and Items To Use To Survive -

Take a look at any equipment on or around you. Time to think outside of the box here and really think about what you can salvage to use in further survival situations. Check yourself first and inventory everything you have. Check every pocket. A lighter or small knife could be the difference between life and death in a survival situation. Think about whether or not you have anything that could trap water for you.

Look around you. Depending on how you got where you are, you may have wreckage or other items around you. Trash from hostile civilians can help you if you find items to help you hunt, hold water, or trap food. Keep the top physical needs at top priority. That is Food. Water. Shelter.

At this time you are not ready to move forward making your survival plan. The next Step: Put Your Senses To Full Use In Making Your Survival Plan.