"Always be prepared" is not just a good motto

Posted by El DiPablo | 7:00 AM |

Extreme Survival
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One of my favorite survival TV shows was Extreme Survival with Ray Mears. It predates Man vs Wild or some of the other popular survival shows on TV. The thing I like about that show is that it stresses why you should always be prepared instead of glorifying aboriginal survival skills and improvisation like most modern shows. Sure Mears would demonstrate some of that stuff, but a vast majority of the show talked about what to take with you depending on where you were planning on going in the wild.

Another thing I like about Extreme Survival is that it showcased real survival scenarios of real people who got themselves into a terrible situation. In some cases, the people survived, and in others they didn't. The moral of each show though is to inform people how they could survive if they were only prepared.

If you know you are going to be in a certain area, whether it is the mountains, desert, or jungle knowing your terrain before you go can be the difference between life and death. If you know you're going into the desert bring a ton of water! If you are going into the mountains, bring ways to build shelter and purify water. If you are heading into a cold climate, be sure you can start a fire! It really shouldn't be that hard.

It is with that thinking that I wrote my first article on the four essential items you should always have when venturing into the wild. Depending on the place you are heading, you may want to bring more gear. You want to bring enough to ensure your survival, but not too much that it will be a burden. You have to use your judgement there.

Anyway, I think if you are reading this you are one step closer to being prepared. What's your take on being prepared? Overrated? Not stressed enough? Let us know in the comments!

Incidentally, Extreme Survival is no longer on there air, but you can buy the series here.