NG’s Complete Survival Manual: The Coolest of the Cool

complete survival namual-national geographicWho says survival manuals have to be boring? The National Geographic Complete Survival Manual is far from being a snoozer. It’s packed with practical how-to information, expert survival stories, and step-by-step photo illustrations. It covers six of the world’s most hazardous environments and the survival skills relevant to each, including how to find water in the desert, how to build a snow cave shelter, and what to eat in the woods.

Some of my favorite, coolest-of-the-cool topics covered in the National Geographic Complete Survival Manual include:

1. How to extract drinking water from fish (involves sucking out spinal fluid and fluid from fish eyes)
2. How to make a whistle out of an acorn cap
3. How to build a heat reflector to stay warm
4. How to navigate by the Southern Cross
5. How to survive quicksand
6. How to make improvised sunglasses in the desert
7. How to construct a solar oven
8. How to make a shadow stick to find direction
9. How to fight off a shark
10. How to make a deadfall trap to catch small, meaty animals

For a more comprehensive look at the National Geographic Complete Survival Manual, click here to read my article on the About.com Survival Skills website:
“Overview of the National Geographic Complete Survival Manual”

Photo © National Geographic.

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