I’m a survivalist. Not the kind who’s stockpiling a year’s supply of ammo and freeze-dried food in a secure location, prepping for the collapse of Western Civ. I’m not quite that paranoid, yet. But I do know I’m not good in a crisis. I hate surprises and I learned long ago that I have a tendency to panic when things suddenly go south. The only thing that can keep me from losing my head in a tight spot is to have a contingency plan in place to fall back on and to be equipped to cope with even the most unlikely contingency. As a result, I travel with a load of stuff that I haven’t used in years (except for practice) and I am constantly looking for advice from other more experienced outdoorsmen. My latest is Desert Survival Tips at desert usa, one of my favorite websites.