Eliminate distractions - Chatting on the cell phone or listening to music through headphones may seem harmless enough, but they are poison to situational awareness. Reading in public and playing games on your phone are also likely to rob you of the attention you should be spending on your surroundings.
Look at people - Don’t make eye contact with strangers (who may perceive your stare as a threat), but check out the people around you wherever you go. Pay attention to the body language and actions of the people around you.
Look at your surroundings - Whether you are in the city or the wild, it makes sense to pay attention to the “lay of the land”. Understand where you are, where you are going, which way to go if you need to back track. And while you’re at it, assess any possible dangers.
These tips, and many more survival tips, are in MacWelch’s books:
And if that’s not enough, you can:
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Take one of his survival classes at www.advancedsurvivaltraining.com
and check out more of MacWelch’s outdoor skills and survival articles at Outdoor Life Magazine’s survival site, The Survivalist.