TOP 3: Survivalism Mistakes You Must Avoid
Survivalism means different things to different people, but in a Jedi Council of Yoda’s, all would agree it is about being prepared and taking control of every situation.
Some apply survivalism to bushcraft, to general survival skills, to prepping, or to urban survival. At Survival Gear Authority, we think the needle on the survivalism compass points to general preparedness, whether it be being prepared on the way to work in case your car breaks down in cold weather, a power outage, a tornado, being lost in the woods, a break in, or an attack. The list can continue…
Now that we’re calibrated on our definition of survivalism, we can look at the top 3 mistakes you MUST avoid.
1) FAILING TO PREPARE: Have you ever heard “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”? Welp, truer words have never been spoken. We would recommend taking a page out of Batman’s book in this case.
You don’t necessarily have to have a sweet utility belt with something in toe for every single situation you may encounter, such as a rogue Superman being controlled by the Joker, but there are some essentials.
We’re talking keeping a simple survival kit at home in a closet, should the power go out or a disaster hit.
Keeping warm clothes and a survival kit in your vehicle should you ever break down in cold weather and can’t turn on your vehicle’s heater.
Are you ready for a surprise assault? Perhaps a robbery, home invasion, or maybe a car jacking? You don’t necessarily have to have a hand gun on you at all times, perhaps a tactical pen in your pocket, or on your key chain that you can easily use on extremely short notice. Or maybe it’s as simple as knowing where you the baseball bat is that you keep under your bed or in the hallway closet just in case. But there would be a tip there though, hallway closet may not easily be accessible when you need it most. Within arms reach of your bed or desk would be much better.
Do you have food handy in your backpack for your day hike, or in your car in case you break down in the middle of nowhere? Snacks? Can of baked beans? Okay, we only see baked beans on television, no one really eats that on the fly but you get the idea. Something that keeps long term, light weight, and easily fits into your bag or perhaps glove compartment.
Water? How about H20… we’re mostly made of it, but you can’t exactly extract it, you need to intake it. Did you know the water in the back of your toilet is actually pretty sanitary in case the water supply to your home isn’t working? Keeping water purification tablets in your car or day bag, bug out bag, whatever it may be is a great idea in case you need to tap into that drainage ditch or creek you saw a few hundred yards back when you got lost.
2) PANIC: A dicey situation is… dicey and pretty not great. We all get flustered now and then, whether it be an unexpected call into the boss’s office at work, a test question you didn’t prepare for, or that time you saw Bigfoot and he was very interested in your trail mix and beef jerky.
BUT, when we panic, we make mistakes. Did Kevin McCalister panic in Home Alone when he was under a full scale home invasion? Nope. He made like mouse trap and handled his business.
Now, I realize this is easier said than done. However, number one on this survivalism list will help. If you know you are prepared for the situation, it’s a lot easier to Netflix and chill.
Take a few moments if you can, breath, think, and stick to the plan. What’s the most logical thing to do in your given situation? Are you on fire? Stop drop and roll. Are you lost? Retrace your steps or signal for rescue. Have you been abducted by aliens? Take them to your leader.
3) GIVE UP: After Ivan Drago killed his friend and mentor Apollo Creed, did Rocky Balboa give up and call it a day? Nope, he chopped some wood, ran a marathon in 3 feet of snow, and then scaled a mountain before claiming victory for ‘Merica.
Survivalism is about making the most out of any situation. As long as you’re alive, you have hope and you have a chance. Whatever your source of inspiration and focus may be, identify it prior to needing to call upon it.
Resourcefulness and ingenuity go a long way in survivalism as long as you’re willing to use them, and where there is a will there is a way.