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Survival Priorities


This website has been designed to introduce the wide range of uses the Northeastern (USA) plant species have to offer, in episodes where you can use plants for your basic survival needs, or for general knowledge. It is by no means a cohesive  survival field manual, and we would recommend Department of the Army Field Manual, Survival for unexpected situations where you are isolated in the wild for more than several days, and will need to acquire solid techniques to survive.

Nonetheless, we would like to provide several guidelines to your priorities in a survival situation, with regards to the information we are presenting in this field guide. Remember that you can always use nature to your advantage, as long as you are equipped with the right knowledge and skills.


#1: water


Water should be your first priority in all survival episodes. Always make sure that you have located a reliable water source before you begin to spend your energy on your other survival needs. For locating your water source, search for:

- Drinkable surface water

- Drinkable ground water

If you are unsuccessful at locating either of these, you can make use of:

- Water from plants


#2: food


Naturally, you need a consistent energy input when you need strength and endurance to keep you safe until the end of your isolation. An all-plant meal may not give you a balanced diet, however, plants described in this guide include acorns, seeds and fruits that can provide a balanced protein and carbohydrate input.

It is advised that you eat mostly carbohydrates. In our Edible Plants page, browse the fruits category for plants that you can get valuable carbohydrates from, and nuts category for plants that you can get valuable protein from.



#3: shelter


Shelter from the unfavorable environmental conditions is your next priority. For most cases, a shelter-roof, leaf bedding or insulation can be life saving. For guidance on which plants to use and how to build the shelter, visit our Bedding/Shelter page.



Visit Medicinal Plants page for medical emergency situations.
Visit Poisonous Plants page for a list of plants to avoid.

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