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Outdoor Survival Guide – Book Review

Updated on January 9, 2012

Outdoor Survival guide – Book Review

“The Pocket Outdoor Survival Guide” written by J. Wayne Fears is a well written guide for short term survival in the wild. The book concentrates on surviving an unplanned night in the woods. Preparation is the key to survival. The guide is paperback sized and can easily be packed or carried in a pocket.

It includes chapters on modern search and rescue, making a plan, survival kits, preparing signals, constructing a shelter, building a fire, sleeping warm, dealing with insects, safe water, food and much more.

One chapter in particular caught my attention. Chapter five explains why you should STOP if you are lost and follow a simple plan to survive, Sit, Think, Observe, Plan. This simple procedure will increase your chances of surviving. Teaching your family these simple steps will prepare them to survive a short unplanned night in the wild.

The guide explains simple precautions to take before you go and how to assemble a survival kit and a basic first aid kit. It includes advice on how to use whistles, mirrors, flashlights, and other signal devices. It explains how to construct a shelter in different conditions and various ways to make water safe to drink. It covers avoiding hypothermia, dealing with fear, and what to do when a member of your group is missing.

This inexpensive guide could be a life saver.


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      GNelson 5 years ago from Florida


      It is worth the read. Never thought about the last name like that!

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      John R Wilsdon 5 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      I have been contemplating buying this book. I want to stay overnight no more than 2 nights at desert mining claims. You had some good to know info in your review.

      I wonder if the author wishes he had a different last name? (Just kidding) Voted useful and up. Thanks.

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      Genna East,

      It got me thinking. I know more now than I did before I read the book.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Chapter 5 is excellent: "Sit, Think, Observe, Plan." Often, people who are stranded will panic, which is a very human to do, while others may just give up out an emotional feeling to some kind of failure. This is an excellent hub, and thank you sharing this useful information with us.

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      Indigital, I don't get out in the wild as much as I use to but still found the information interesting.

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      RTalloni, Yes I gave each of my grown children one for christmas. I was that impressed. There is a ton of detail in this book.

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      Indigital 6 years ago

      I like the backing of the book, makes me want to buy it, even though I'll never find myself in a survival position.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      It could also make a neat gift--thanks!