5 Things Everyone Should Know in a Survival Situation

I know, I know! The end of the world is waaay off yet. Or is it? Cue twilight music.

In all seriousness, however, many people will, and do, find themselves in a tricky situation at some point in their lives. Whether their car breaks down on some deserted road in the middle of winter, or there are full scale riots on the streets causing them to either hide at home or attempt to flee, real life situations do exist that could lead us into a survival situation and it makes sense to know a few useful pieces of information.

Now, I’m going to let you into a little secret – I’m a prepper! No, I’m not a whackjob, well I might be, but I believe in being as prepared as possible for almost any eventuality, even the brain-munching zombie kind. Here I am going to share with you what I believe are 5 things that we should all know, should we find ourselves in a survival situation. Don’t worry, I’ve included some links below for further reading!

In no particular order…


5. WaterWater to purify

You should all have expected this to be on the list. Most of us know that we can last quite some time without food, but water is absolutely paramount to survival. Learn some methods for collecting and purifying water. I use the word “method” in the plural sense, because it is important to have a secondary and tertiary way to collect and purify water.


4. Heat

Fire close up

This might not seem so important in the warmer months and climates, but let’s face it, when the poop hits the fan it’s going to be when you’re tucking into a nice traditional Christmas dinner and the snow comes up to your knees! So learn how to make fire and also how to insulate yourselves and your shelter, if you have one, against the cold.

Don’t forget that fire will also be useful for light and cooking food, as well as helping to purify water. As with the water, learn more than one way to make fire.


3. First AidFirst aid kit

This one shouldn’t need any explanation. Go take that first aid course. Go on!


2. Self Defence

max schmeling

I don’t know about you guys, but when I think of self-defence I am always reminded of that clip from Miss Congeniality when Sandra Bullock demonstrates the infamous S.I.N.G concept, makes me laugh every time. In all seriousness though, if you are in a survival situation, it is handy to know a few self-defence techniques, especially if you are a lady!

Fingers crossed you never need them, but better to have the skills and not need them, than to not have them and need them.


1. ShelterShack for shelter

Learn how to make a debris shelter from whatever is lying around you. Learn how to make it waterproof and how to ensure it retains heat. If you are in a survival situation, and especially if it is cold and wet, then being able to build a good shelter could literally be the difference between life and death.


These are what I believe are 5 things that we should all know in order to survive in a life or death kind of situation. What about you? Do you agree or not? Let me know in the comments!


References for further reading:-

About Cassie Raine

Cassie is a home educating mum-of-two, living in the Kentish countryside. She has a keen interest in history, especially ancient history, literature, myths and legends, theology, environmental issues, self-sufficiency and current affairs. In her spare time she enjoys reading, country walks, knitting and learning new skills. She believes passionately that learning should be a pleasure, never a chore.
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