5 Basic Survival Principles
Okay, so I want to start this blog by getting the absolute basics of survival out of the way by giving you the 5 Basic Survival Principles. These principles will underpin everything you do in a survival situation and will keep you alive by helping you prioritise what is the most important thing to you at any time regardless of the situation you find yourself faced with. So long as you follow the 5 basic survival principles you should be okay.
I have used all of these principles over the years and I can promise you that they have prevented many a bad situation becoming life threatening. The 5 basic survival principles I am sharing with you will be those you would use in a permissive environment (i.e. no bad guys trying to hunt you down), a non-permissive environment is a whole different ball game which I will cover in the future if I get enough interest (Email or comment below) 🙂
So what are the 5 basic survival principles?
The 5 basic survival principles can be broken down into Protection, Location, Water, Food (PLWF) and Will to Survive. PLWF is what you would use to assess what is the greatest threat to your survival at that point and should be used like a flowchart (see below). At any point that you have completed a task, something has changed or you have not moved for a while, go back to the start of the flow chart and reassess!
I cannot over-emphasise how important this very simple flowchart is, this single piece of knowledge will more than likely keep you alive in the short term even if you have no other survival training. This knowledge once in your head weighs nothing and you can’t leave it behind accidentally so should always be able to be called upon when you least expect it.
̵ Learn it
̵ Understand it
̵ Use it
The final principle of the 5 Basic Principles of Survival is something that can’t be taught or learnt, but will single handedly have the biggest input to your survival chances; having the Will to Survive! In simple terms if it’s freezing cold and you sit on your butt complaining about the cold, can’t be bothered to gather firewood to light a fire or to build a shelter then your outcome isn’t great. If however you get moving, gather enough fire wood to keep you warm overnight and build a cosy shelter despite not being able to feel you fingers or toes, you stand a LOT better chance of living to fight another day.
Do you have the eye of the tiger?
You must have the Eye of the Tiger spirit where death is not an option and do everything you can to live There are numerous stories of people beating unbelievable odds to survive and the only reason they did is they have that do or die Will to Survive! Remember pain and discomfort are temporary and you are a long time dead 🙂
So there you have it, the 5 basic survival principles that will keep you alive and give you somewhere to start should you find yourself unexpectantly in a survival situation. I will elaborate on these 5 principles in the next few posts and put some more meat on the bones.
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