In An Arid Climate Lost in the driest desert? These places are often scorching during the daytime and frigid at night, so shelter is still a major concern, but your need for water may surpass the need for shelter in these harsh landscapes. Figure out how and where to find water in the desert before you go, and bring extra water with you – just in case.
During A Medical Emergency If someone is bleeding heavily or can’t breathe, stop trying to build them a lean-to! Instead, get busy performing some first aid. Certain medical emergencies can be more life-threatening than exposure or dehydration. Carry a good first aid kit. Make sure you know how to improvise medical supplies, like dressings and bandages, because the kit won’t stay full forever. Learn some first aid skills, since they are a vital survival skill set, and one that you might need anywhere – not just in the wild places.
When Threatened Being willing and able to defend yourself may be more important than any other survival issue. Carrying tools for defense could mean all the difference in a threatening situation. For scenarios like this, you can be ready – or you can be a victim.
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