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  • Tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to return.
  • Don’t travel alone.
  • Take enough food and water to last for at least two days in an emergency.
  • Bring a map and compass, and always orient yourself before leaving.
  • Wear layered clothing.
  • Don’t panic if you become lost. Stay calm and wait for help.

Water is essential to your survival.

  • Everyone needs two to four quarts of water daily.
  • You can last only a few days without water.
  • Clear water does not mean pure water. Streams and ponds are often contaminated by parasites.
  • The best way to purify water is by boiling it for five minutes.
  • If boiling is impossible, use a chemical purifier or filter.
  • Try to avoid complicating survival problems. Never drink unsafe water.

If you plan to visit a remote area, you must prepare for the possibility that your party may be stranded and must await rescue. If you are, you can take three steps to help you survive.

  • Prepare a shelter.
  • Build a fire, if necessary.
  • Signal for help.