1,to’s,3’s and C’s of Survival

Welcome back.

If you wondering about my state of mind because of the title, I assure you I am of sound mind and body. It is simply, my play on words for my list I have developed, from the basic research I have done. As mentioned before in this blog. I do a lot of Solo Kayak Camping. because of this, I find myself alone in the outdoors. The need to understand basic outdoor survival is paramount in the case of a survival situation arising when outdoors alone. I need to be able to survive long enough for help to arrive, or get to a location where help is available. To do this I need to be able to perform certain tasks in survival skills set.

Making notes while researching I noticed that there were certain things that keep being referred to. Lists of the “survival code ” if you wish. Basic knowledge and guides for survival.

(From one of my boards on Pinterest)

Certain names of experts were constantly referred to or mentioned. Following these referrals I have now come up with my own list regarding survival needs etc. This list has been put together from the information I obtained from well known  experts in the field.


The title I so glibly put up, is the list I have developed for me. It is based on what is considered the priorities of survival and the basic knowledge you should be aware of. Slightly modified by yours truly to suit my needs. Obviously I cannot take credit for these lists and I will have links for you in the post to take you to the true experts. From this you can hopefully adopt your needs.

Here is my “modified list” of survival knowledge basics every Survivalist should know.


The 1

The number 1 item on the list is, you need to be prepared mentally with the absolute will to survive. Without this you are lost before even starting. You have to believe you can survive all, because you have prepared. No doubts or fears. Believe you can do what is necessary to survive. Be prepared mentally. Know without a doubt you can do this. Your positive mentality is what will be needed, more so than even physical skill. “The will to survive” I believe is the strongest tool you can have in your survival “tool Kit”

The TO’s

What TO do, How TO do it and when TO do it. If you are prepared mentally, you will have accessed the situation you find yourself in. Getting through it will require you TO perform certain tasks in order of Priority. This priority is based on the 3’s listed below. The 10 C’s is what is needed for you TO perform the 3’s.

The 3’s.

These are based on a person who is in excellent physical and mental Condition. I got this from Sean Collins  of Woodlands TV on You Tube.

  1. A person can hold their breath for approximately 3 minutes
  2. A person can survive without shelter in extreme conditions (hot/cold) for approximately 3 hours
  3. A person can survive without water approximately 3 days
  4. A person can survive without food for approximately 3 weeks

Keep in mind this is based on a individual in superb physical strength, health and mind. Obviously the majority of people who find themselves in a survival situation will not be. That means the times given will be reduced significantly for the lack of ability in these areas. Other things will dictate the urgency of getting the 3’s completed in time. Injury, state of fitness, age and ability to name some.

The C’s.

This is from a list developed by  Dave Canterbury. A well know expert in survival techniques and bush craft. Click on the link to see the many, many videos he has on survival.

On his website is a quote “There is no substitute for having a plan in the event of the unexpected.”. hear him, hear him.!!

This is his list. It is probably the most recognized list of required tools, in survival expert circles. It has been adopted, modified and expanded upon by many experts and novices in the field. This is broken up in to 2 sections. The first 5 being a must have. The second 5 needed but not absolutely necessary. I believe all should be in your survival bag of tricks. I consider all 10 items, the bare minimum I would need in order to survive a worst case scenario. It is a list of Items you need, AND must have the knowledge and skill to use.

The 10 C’s of Survival.

1. Cutting tool (Knife, saw, axe etc.)

2. Combustion tool (Fire starter)

3. Cover (Shelter  from the elements)

4. Container (Water vessel)

5. Cordage (550 cord or bank line)

6.Candle light ( flash light, headlight etc.)

7. Cotton bandana

8. Compass

9. Cargo Tape (Preferably Gorilla duct tape)

10. Canvas needle (A sewing kit would do in a pinch)

There you have it. What I consider the down and dirty list of must haves, In order to survive a worst case scenario.

While researching this list, a saying was mentioned a number of times by all the experts.

“2 IS 1, 1 IS NONE”

A true saying in a life or death survival scenario. Basically you need to have at least 2 of each item, or have a tool in the list that can be multifunctional and perform one or more tasks on the list of C’s.

So now I have a list from which I can begin the process of learning to survive. Over the course of the continuing blog (The novice survivalist) I will tackle each Item on the list. Making sure I have these in my bag of tricks. Not only own the item, but have a good knowledge of the use of each and the ability to use the tools for my ultimate survival, should the need arise.

As always I welcome your comments, your plans, thoughts and advise.

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The Novice Survivalist



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