“Being unexpected adds to the weight of the disaster, and being a surprise has never failed to increase a person’s pain. For that reason, nothing should ever be unexpected by us. Our minds should be sent out in advance to all things and we shouldn’t just consider the normal course of things, but what could actually happen.”

– Seneca

The hardest part of facing a survival situation is being in the correct mindset. All of a sudden something didn’t go as planned and your life may be in danger.

The biggest advantage you can have in a survival situation is not being surprised. You may not have expected it, but regardless here you are.

If you prepare and visualize what to do and what you need ahead of time, it completely changes your mindset and you have clarity. It exponentially increases your chance of surviving whatever it is your are facing.

This is why we believe that going through the preparation for a survival event is just as important as reading about it. By putting together your own survival gear and plan, you are visualizing it as well.

Start Here to Learn How to Survive

In order to better understand the priorities of survival, start with our guide detailing the Survival Rule of Three.

Putting together your own survival kit is the best way to prepare mentally for a survival situation. Our multilevel Survival Gear List guide will help you with only what you need without gimmicks or cheap pre-built kits.

While bushcraft and survival are a different experience, review our guide to Bushcraft Skills. You can learn a lot from primitive survival methods, and we threw in some modern ones too.

Find the essential survival tools and gear that you need in our Best Bushcraft Tools and Gear article.

To prepare, make sure you also check out our Bug out Bag and Get Home Bag articles.

After these essentials, check out the Bushcraft section for more guides and gear reviews for surviving in the wilderness.

Survival Guides and Gear Reviews

Survival Gear List
Best MRE to buy for Emergencies
Best First Aid Kit for Camping
Best Survival Water Filter
How to choose the best first aid kit
Battlbox Review
Nutrient Survival Review
MyMedic Review
Haven Tent Hammock Review
How to Make Char Cloth
Best Bushcraft Tools and Gear
Bushcraft Skills
Best Survival Multitool
Alone Gear List All Seasons
Best Swiss Army Knife
Best Bushcraft Books
Best Survival Compass
Best Survival Fire Starting Kit
Best Tent Stakes
Best Bushcraft Tarp for Wilderness Survival
Best Budget Bushcraft Knives
Best Survival and Bushcraft Tents
Best Survival Watch
How to Boil Water Without Electricity - 15 Easy Ways
Get Home Bag List
Survival Rule of 3 - A Complete Survival Guide
Bushcraft and Survival Shelters: The Ultimate Guide
Bug out Bag List
11 Easy and Practical Survival Recipes