Basic Do’s and Don’ts of Survival Prepping

The Basic Do's And Don'ts Of Survival Prepping


“How would you survive a disaster, or worse still a disaster of apocalyptic proportions?”

Very few people survive anything without knowledge and preparation before the disaster ever happens.

This is the key to survival: “prepare for the worse, hope for the best”.


1. The biggest DO in survival is mental attitude
Having a positive “I can survival” attitude will set you apart from others who do not have that will to continue and just give up.
So Do have a positive survival attitude.

2. Do gain knowledge about all aspects of survival – this can be anything from books, to YouTube videos, to going to bushcraft schools and learning theses skills.

UKprepersGuide YouTube Channel Here:

Find Bushcraft schools here.

3. Do build up a good equipment kit and tailor it to suit your specific needs: you can only do this by gaining survival knowledge first.
A good survival kit is very different from just going camping!

4. Do make sure you are very familiar with all your survival equipment and make sure you know exactly how it works before you need it!

5. Do go out and practice all the survival skills you think you are going to need – find weaknesses in your kit and make correction. Don’t assume you can do it simply because you’ve seen someone on YouTube make it look easy…!!!

6. Do have a means to start fire – no just one, but at least two different methods, and carry some dry tinder with you for an emergency if it’s raining and wet.

Find Simple Fire Starting article here:

flint and steel fire lighting

7. Do have equipment that will enable you to collect, carry and to purify water for safe drinking.

This mus be capable of purifying out contaminates, bacteria and viruses, giving you drinkable water.

See my full 'best water filter'  test review​ here:

8. Do have a good means of shelter – a small waterproof tent, a hammock and tarp, survival bivvie. Even a survival blanket can be formed to make a survival shelter.

9. Do have a medical kit – especially for personal medication. A basic pre-made kit is not good enough, make up a kit for outdoor survival. It should cover every day first aid and bigger medical accidents.

See article on Safety First Aid here:

10. Do, get yourself physically fit..! Escaping a disaster, even hiking 10 miles, with a loaded survival rucksack over rough terrain, is hard work. For most, average people, it will be too much.


  • Do wear bright coloured reflective clothing.
  • Do carry emergency signalling equipment – signal flare or balloon.
  • Do tell someone when you are going and your intended destination.
  • Do leave an imprint of the shoes you’ll be wearing
  • Do carry a whistle and signal mirror.
  • Do go high tech if possible – sat comms phone, GPS, SOS positioning balloon etc.


1. The absolute No:1 on the don’ts list is:
Don’t Panic. Always stay calm and evaluate your disaster scenario before deciding on what action to take.

2. Don’t tell everyone you’re a survival expert! Operate as low key as possible.

3. Don’t carry equipment that has only one use. Multi use equipment gives you options and if your main tool is lost or breaks you have a backup.

4. Don’t make assumptions about the survival situation you are in –
Remember 'assumption' is the mother of all mistakes..!!
always have a plan B, C and D if necessary. Nothing ever goes to plan!

5. Don’t try to prepare for every single disaster, survival or doomsday scenario – you really you can’t..!
Add to that the fact hat every scenario will change, just makes it impossible..
Plan for prepping the best you can.

6. Don’t have lots of unnecessary equipment

Only pack and carry the absolute essential equipment needed for your survival.

Remember, knowledge of ‘how to survive’ is far more important than a rucksack full of unnecessary gear.

7. Don’t eat any plants or food you can’t identify -

8. Don’t drink your own urine, or squeeze moisture from dung – or any of the other sensationalised TV pranks.

9. Don’t rely too much on gadgets – learn how to navigate via map and compass.

10. Don’t be afraid to fail – survival is dam hard, it takes will power, skills and determination to keep alive…

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