To Do Today:
- PT – 45min run / strength – back and shoulder group / abs
- Describe in your journal the acronym “SURVIVAL”
- List the survival stressors. What are your known specific stressors?
- What are some specific steps to increase mental toughness? (extra credit)
- Journal the priorities of work in a survival/SERE situation and how / why could these priorities change?
Components for a Field Survival Kit
Much has been written on the “survival kit.” A rule of thumb is: The more you know, the less you need. Training, experience, and mental toughness is by far more important that any tool or trinket you can carry in your pocket, other than maybe a fixed blade knife. Be wary of the “tacticool” survival kit or super/secret/special/expensive survival accessory bought off the shelf.
That being said, tools and trinkets can make life easier and better the odds in a bad situation. It goes without saying that your expected environment is key to the types of items you will carry in a survival kit. Also, how much equipment you put in your kit depends on how you will carry it; the kit on your body will be much smaller than one carried in a vehicle. Always “layer” items keeping the most important items on your body, and be redundant with important things (e.g., knives) in your survival kits. Two is one, one is none when it comes to survival/SERE.
There are limitless variations on kit configuration, kit items, and special circumstances (i.e., items for urban environments, escape/evasion, lock picking, etc.). The basis for each, however, is a “field” kit that should help you do the following:
- Control bleeding and avoid infection
- Start a fire
- Signal others
- Procure/store/carry water
- Procure/store/carry food
In preparing your survival/SERE kit, select items that can be used for more than one purpose. It does not need to be elaborate. You only need functional items that will meet your needs and something to hold it all with (even if it is your pocket or a Ziploc bag):
- Fixed blade knife with sheath
- Ferro rod, striker/whistle
- Stainless steel water bottle
- Water purification method
Those six items, in addition to field clothing and boots, should be sufficient for 3-14 days depending on weather and environment. Everything else to survive and thrive can be found, caught, or made in a majority of survival situations.