So you have decided to go out on your own. That was a decision I not only made but one I came to because I knew I was going to have a tough time. When it comes to living alone and survival, there are some things you should know before you do it. Some of these things might save your life. Others, well, they won’t.

The number one thing you should always prepare for is water. You never know when you are going to be thirsty or needs to go get some. One way I like to prepare for this is to make a water filter. There are plenty of places you can buy one at a reasonable price.

If you are going to be out in the woods or wilds, I would recommend carrying a first aid kit. If there is one item that will help you in any type of situation and any kind of injury, it’s a first aid kit. I carry one in my backpack.

A garbage bag is one other thing I carry in my backpack. I only have one, but it is filled with stuff I rarely use, yet it is enough for me when I have to stop and catch my breath. I carry a multipurpose tarp, too. I never know when I’m going to have to use it. I also carry a flashlight, batteries, and cell phone. If I’m in a situation that I may get trapped, I have one of those little radios to let someone find me if I cannot use my cell.

A GPS is something that you should consider getting. I am not going to sit here and spout out all the features on GPS units. You are going to have to read the instructions and look it up on the Internet to know what it’s capable of. Most are fairly decent. However, there are ones that have so many features that you really need to look them up and make sure you get one that’s going to work for you in your specific survival situation.

Water is another very important item. I never take more than six or eight ounces. If I have to, I will have more than that on hand, too. I rarely ever go without a water bottle. It’s good to have an emergency water supply ready to go if I have to.

Another great thing to have handy is a signal mirror. I don’t mean a pocket mirror, though. I mean one that you can carry in your backpack, purse, belt, or pocket. These make finding me if I get trapped much easier. They can also help to distract me from things that would make it too easy for an enemy to grab my gear and run off.

Other than those items, there’s not too much else. If you want to learn about how to prepare for hard times, all you have to do is talk to people who have gone through what you are going through or read about it. Everyone experiences times where they get scared and they don’t know what to do. That’s when I come in. I help them figure out what to do and how to do it.

I also talk to people about their fears. That’s because I’ve been through it too. I know what it’s like to be stranded, to have supplies that you absolutely have to have, but to not have them. I used to wonder how long I would be able to stay up until help arrived. I worried about getting hurt and wondering what would happen to my family.

Now, I am so glad that I am prepared. I have more confidence now, and I am not scared anymore. It has definitely made me a stronger person. I am just as strong right now as I will ever be.

There is no reason why you have to be scared to be prepared. That’s the worst thing you can do. So start preparing, and I’ll see you out in the world.

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