Use all your senses - Do not react without thinking or planning. Consider all aspects of your situation to avoid disorientation. Use all your senses to evaluate the situation. Be sensitive to temperature changes. Be observant.
Remember where you are - Spot your location in a map (if you happen to have it). This is a basic principle that you must always follow. Pay close attention to where you are and where you are going, do not rely on anyone else to keep track of the route. Always try to determine, as a minimum, how your location relates to
- the location of local water sources,
- areas that will provide good cover and concealment.
Vanquish fear and panic - your greatest enemies are fear and panic as they affect your ability to make wise decisions, affect your energy and cause negative emotions.
Improvise - Learn to improvise. take a tool designed for a specific purpose and see how many other uses you can make of it. Learn to use natural objects around your for different needs (e.g., rock for a hammer). Take a look at the example embedded video to quickly learn how to build a thatched hut.
Value Living - The experience and knowledge you have gained through life will have a bearing on your will to live. Stubbornness will give you the mental and physical strength to endure.
Act like the natives - The animals of a region have adapted to their environment. Animal life in the area can give you clues on how to survive as animals also require food, water, and shelter. Watch them.
Live by your wits, but for now learn basic skills - Learn these basic skills now, not when you need them.Know about the environment to which you are going and practice basic skills geared to that environment.
Pattern for survival - This survival pattern must include food, water, shelter, fire, first aid, and signals placed in order of importance. If injured, first aid has top priority no matter what climate you are in. Adapt your survival pattern to the environment you are going to.
Course based on the book by the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special warfare Center and School. FM21-76 US Army Survival Manual.