When I teach classes in survival techniques using different elements, many people often ask me what happens if they are not available. This happens because a large number of people imagine that these kinds of events leave survivors naked in the open. Some television series collaborate with this assumption, but in the innumerable recorded cases, it can be noted that this is almost never the case.
Plane crashes, shipwrecks, damaged land vehicles, lost walkers, and many other examples demonstrate that situations are accompanied by many elements, whether personal or in transit.
Knowledge and practice of the various techniques make it easier to use some that have accompanied us in the circumstance. The tranquillity and personal ingenuity, beyond the technical, collaborate to a great extent too.
But these items are casual, and survival kits and items are great tools for survivors.
Actions to avoid reaching these situations are studied in survival training. If they still occur, you learn how to cope to get out of such an event. For these cases, work is carried out on personal technical preparation and survival equipment.
We will deal with the latter and especially the individual on this occasion.
It is important to underline that some situations occur without prior notice, leaving us far from our main team. For this reason, it is convenient that you are always with us, without separating from them for any reason.
A camper moved away from the camp following a bird that he wanted to photograph. His attention was focused on the animal that flew from branch to branch. As he made his way back to where all his equipment was, he lost his bearings in the thick vegetation and never found him again.
This hypothetical situation is just one example of how useful it can be to always have such a team with you.
Below are the details of how to assemble an individual survival kit. It should be clarified that there is not a single model, but each one can remove or add elements according to their criteria, technical knowledge, geographical area, time of year, etc.
How to compose it:
A fanny pack with a zip-lock plastic bag is a good possibility.
It is comfortable and waterproof.
The items to bring can be:
- Small metal jug with lid.
- Sorbet (to drink water from small places).
- Small flashlight and extra batteries (from LEDs and one AA battery)
- Multipurpose penknife.
- Two gas lighters.
- A small candle (lighting, fire lighting)
- Insect repellent (low volume cream).
- Nylon multifilament rope (mooring, fishing, trapping)
- Monofilament nylon rope (fishing, trapping)
- Lead pellets (for bottom fishing lines, projectiles).
- Steel wire whip (toothed species fishing, trapping)
- Tubular rubber with leather band (making slings or bows, ties)
- Thermal survival blanket (shelter, rain protection, shelter, signalling)
- Whistle (signals)
- Signal mirror (signals, observation of parts of the body difficult to visualize, of nests of birds in height).
- Card with signal codes: with the body, ICAO (ground-air – air-ground), Morse.
- Cell phone.
- Maps or charts of the region.
- Pencil (to make maps, leave notes)
- Paper (to make maps, leave notes, light a fire)
- First aid kit: sterile gauze, adhesive tape, band-aids, iodine or povidone-iodine, bandage, personal medications, neutral soap, disposable gloves. (Iodine or povidone-iodine can be used for short periods of time to purify water in emergency circumstances).
- In the belt of the fanny pack, you can add a knife in its sheath and a canteen with water.
- Food servings of high energy content can be added, but in this case, the volume increases significantly and there is a risk that being more uncomfortable, one will fall into the temptation of not always having it with you.
Note 1: digital maps or charts, survival techniques manuals, PDF edible plant guides, location information, and useful telephone numbers of security agencies can be carried on the cell phone.
Also if you have GPS and/or flashlight they can be very useful. With the audio recorder, we can go on detailing routes to later, if necessary, go through them in reverse and with the photo camera take images of geographical references. As the battery is usually limited in hours of use, a spare one can be added.
Note 2: I recommend that the size and arrangement of the elements be taken into account so that the equipment is comfortable to carry all the time.
Boats, aircraft and other vehicles usually have survival equipment for the use of passengers and crew. In some cases, I have observed that, in my opinion, they are quite limited.
The educational contents of the courses and workshops are adaptable to the different ages and experiences of the participants. They are intended for school and pre-school, secondary, tertiary, university, scout, club, guide and instructor groups of tourist companies and groups that due to their activities must be trained in these disciplines. The dates and places are to be agreed on.
In addition, throughout the year, Nomades Aventura carries out activities aimed at the general public, in places appropriate to the type and level of the participants.
Other services offered by Nomades Aventura:
Planning and Diagramming of activities aimed at the public of tourist ventures in natural areas.
Photographic work and video-filming of nature and adventure activities.