Survival Tips

Here’s something different. I’m writing a manuscript where the main character needs to survive on her own for a short period, four to seven days (still deciding), in an unfamiliar location. No people, no conveniences. Lots of dense trees and wild animals.

Due to this situation, I’ve been reading SAS Survival Guide. I find the information fascinating, to be honest. And, being me, I find myself imagining what I would do if there was a zombie apocalypse. And no, the manuscript I’m writing has nothing to do with zombies. 😀

Anyway, I’ve decided that should zombies suddenly take to the streets, one of the first things I’m going to have to grab is this book. It’s only small, pocket sized. And there’s heaps of useful information in it, from what you should take with you, to finding or building shelter, finding food and water, and other stuff that could make the difference between surviving and … well, not.

I might share some useful tips with you, so you can be as prepared as me (when the zombies attack).

Firstly, let’s look at one of the items that should be in the trusty backpack you’ll need to be carrying. The backpack needs to be strong, waterproof and have tough, adjustable webbing secured to the frame, and a comfortable belt to take the weight on the hips.

That item is a tin about 100 x 75 x 30mm. The guide claims the inside of the lid should be polished to make a reflecting surface. The join where the lid and the tin meets needs to be sealed with a strip of adhesive tape to make it waterproof. And cotton wool should be used as a lining to stop the items from rattling (and driving you crazy). The tin and the contents inside should be keep with you at all times. Always.

The items in the tin should be as follows:

  • Matches (waterproof, if possible)
  • Candle (shaved square for packing)
  • Processed flint with saw striker
  • Magnifying glass (for fire starting in sunlight)
  • Needles and thread (several needles, with one with a large eye; wrap the thread around the needles)
  • Fish hooks and line
  • Compass (liquid-filled type with luminous button is best)
  • Beta light (small, self-illuminating; these are reliable for about 15 years)
  • Snare wire (preferably brass, 60-90cm)
  • Flexible saw (best to remove handles and grease before storing)
  • Medical kit, including:
    • Analgesic (for mild/moderate pain relief)
    • Intestinal sedative (for acute/chronic diarrhoea)
    • Antibiotic (a full course; for general infections)
    • Antihistamine (for allergies)
    • Water sterilising tables (for when you cannot boil water)
    • Anti-malaria tables (essential in areas where malaria is present)
    • Potassium permanganate (to treat fungal diseases)
  • Surgical blades (hopefully you’ll never have to use them)
  • Butterfly sutures (to hold edges of wound together
  • Band aides/plasters (waterproof, assorted sizes)
  • Condom (makes a good water-bag)

All the above items need to be placed carefully in the tin. This is your survival tin. You should have a survival pouch too, but that’s information I’ll save for another day.

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