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Survival Guide

Age Level: All Ages
By Developer: Max Soderstrom

This app is useful for all ages. While it is unlikely that you will have a charger when you suddenly find yourself needing the data in this app, having it on your iDevice will allow you to take the time to study and practice the techniques. With it, you can learn basics of survival medicine, how to make a shelter, how to procure water, and other vital tools for camping, or the "just in case" situation.

Survival Guide is completely based on the U.S. Military Survival Manual FM 21-76. Pretty cool idea for an app actually. It has very high ratings in the App Store and worth checking out!

Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


  • Introduces a set of things to check in any given situation: SURVIVAL (size up the situation, use all your senses, remember where you are, vanquish fear and panic, improvise, value living, act like the natives, and live by your wits, but for now, learn basic skills).
  • Survival planning and survival kits walks you through what you should have in your survival kits and what to consider when compiling yours.
  • Basic survival medicine goes over things you need to do to keep yourself healthy and strong (both water-wise and food-wise), as well as things like making a splint and how to immobilize a fracture.  This covers things like how to make soap and how to keep your body clean when none is available.
  • The chapter on shelters goes over such things as how to find where to build one, different types of shelters and how to build each.
  • Water procurement includes the different sources of water depending upon your location, how to collect it, and what NOT to drink and why. This also goes over how to purify water and what happens if you don't.
  • Firecraft goes over what fire is and how it works.  It further teaches you how to select a site for your fire and how to prepare it, as well as how to select the material for your fire, how to build a fire, lists of materials that can be used for tinder, kindling, and fuel.  Additionally this chapter goes over how to light a fire, including both modern and primitive methods.
  • Food procurement goes over the different insects, worms, crustaceans, mollusks, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals that can be eaten and how to determine which are poisonous, as well as how to prepare them.  This chapter also covers how to catch these creatures, as well as how to prepare them for eating, how to smoke food, dry food, as well as other food preservation methods.
  • There are additional chapters on the survival use of plants, poisonous plants, dangerous animals, field-expedient weapons and equipment.
  • Specific chapters are included on the survival in specific conditions, such as dessert survival, cold weather survival, tropical survival, and sea survival.

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