We are now living in a world full of unexpected dangers. We hear with increasing frequency of terrorist attacks on unsuspecting people, of traffic accidents that cause injuries, of people getting lost while holidaying either in the wilderness or out at sea or in the air. The information in this website will prepare you to be a survivor. That means preparation in every sense by making sure that you have the right equipment for any expedition you undertake. You will be introduced to the idea of carrying a pocket-sized kit of carefully selected key survival aids – which should go with you everywhere and a slightly larger survival Pouch that should contain fuel, food,  survival bag and signalling equipment.

A knife is your most important survival tool.

A knife must be chosen and used carefully and it must be kept in perfect condition.
Equally important is a personal preparedness, so that you are both physically and psychologically equipped to deal with the stresses and hazards of survival conditions. You must have a clear understanding of survival needs, especially of the basic needs for and ways of obtaining – water and salt.

Erecting a Shelter and having a fire ready.

Erecting a Shelter and having a fire ready.

Survival is the art of staying alive.

Any equipment you have must be considered a bonus. You must know how to take everything possible from nature and use it to the full, how to attract attention to yourself so that rescuers may find you, how to make your way across unknown territory back to civilisation, if hope of rescue is not on the cards, you must know how to navigate without a map or compass. You must be able to maintain a healthy physical condition, or if sick or wounded heal yourself and others. You must be able to maintain your morale and that of others who share your situation. Lack of equipment should not mean that you are unequipped, for you will carry skills and experience with you, but those skills and experience must not be allowed to get rusty and you must extend your knowledge all the time.


  1. Warren says:

    Your article brings us a sobering reality to what the world is and our role in it. Those who venture off the beaten path can expose themselves to hidden dangers unless they are prepared. You just never know what emergencies may pop up out of nowhere. As the old saying goes, you can’t fool mother nature. But you can prepare….and enjoy! Well done.

    1. Roldan says:

      Hi Warren,

      Thank you for taking the time to read my Post on the essential things you need to know to stay alive. We are at times oblivious that we all live under the “Sword of Damocles”, which hangs perilously over our heads and like that blade, accidents are ready at any moment to fall upon us. You are correct in saying that we must be prepared, however, we must not obsess about this to the point of ruining the purpose of enjoying our vacations or adventures. That defeats the purpose of being alive.

      I trust you enjoyed my post and I hope it has instilled in you an awareness to become personally prepared, so that you are both physically and psychologically equipped to deal with the stresses and hazards of any survival condition.



  2. Barb says:

    Hi! I’m so glad I came across your site. I have absolutely no idea to survive should any disaster happen. I understand you learned everything in the military, but how does someone like me learn even the basic survival skills? Are there courses or books you can recommend? What things should I purchase in order to create a personal survival kit?

    1. Roldan says:

      Hello Barb,

      Firstly, I want to thank you for visiting my website and for leaving a comment….. I started this site with the intention of revealing the skills acquired from all my years of experience. To learn the basic skills to survive is  something that can be learnt by anyone, all it takes is a little bit of patience and practise. All the things I talk about have been tried and proven by myself to work. If you look at some of the photos I have posted, such as all the different contents of a survival kit or what to pack in a survival pouch, you will notice I have photographed my own personal used items.

      I received all my information from the Italian Army in Italy. I don’t know of any books to recommend to you, but I’m sure if you go to your local library they might have some. I’m quite certain that there are courses you could take. Just do a search on the internet. If you read my Post How to make a Survival kit you fit in a pocket it will tell you the items you need to purchase to create a small survival kit. It needs to be small so that you will most likely not forget it, once you put it in your pocket. I trust I have answered your questions to your satisfaction. If I can be of any further help don’t hesitate to ask.



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