It is no art to learn a lesson from life – one famous thinker was to say. Very likely, that he had come to this conclusion after returning from a camping holiday. Both when drying a soaked sleeping bag after a rainy camping, as well as looking for a way out of a dangerous situation, some basic rules of conduct in the field are helpful. They allow you to properly set up a campsite, put up a tent, to build a hut, arrange a fire. Those who know them will not be helpless, when there is a need to dress a wound or provide assistance in an accident. Acquiring thorough skills in coping with a wide variety of situations, what can happen far from human habitation, such as orientation in the field and movement in various conditions, or the treatment of drinking water, it will certainly be useful and interesting for all those who like long trips and recreation in the bosom of nature. It can also prove salutary for those, who will actually fight for survival.


In commando divisions our daily motto was: "Always expect the unexpected". Years of staying in unfriendly and dangerous places have taught us a lot. We always had the equipment with us that allowed us to perform an operation in any corner of the globe, we were prepared to act in the most extreme conditions. People from special forces know well, what can they expect, they work out each operation during exercises. So we had no problems after that, when it came to carry it out in combat conditions. Regardless, we have always been ready to face some "unexpected" obstacle.

It is different with ordinary civilians, for whom an unexpected adventure may turn out to be a car crash at best, or not the forecast rain. To them, it seems ridiculous to prepare for any of the most improbable contingencies. However, even the quietest family walk or excursion, especially in a mountainous area, can turn into a dangerous adventure, if participants cannot recognize the symptoms of weather changes, provide first aid, be oriented in the field, or even if they don't have the right footwear. Only a better knowledge of the rules of moving in the field and living in the bosom of nature will allow you to avoid tragedies that often occur on tourist routes, or at least help to anticipate the danger in time, before it becomes a serious threat

Preparing for the most unexpected challenges consists in constantly getting to know the world around us, learning from everyday experiences, making analogies and using them when confronted with unknown situations. Even if we decide to go to unspoiled areas or exotic countries, we usually remain merely observers, separated from the everyday reality of these countries and the lives of their inhabitants thanks to modern technology, which we are told to use by city habits. However, if we want to know real life, we must get rid of all facilities and amenities, what civilization gives us. If we were, let's say, ended up on a deserted island after a plane crash, it's fairly possible, that we would have mineral water in plastic bottles, packaged sausage or meat, or even sunglasses, and our urban "equipment” as, e.g, credit cards would prove to be completely useless.

For our own good, we should make an effort to free ourselves, at least in our thoughts, from the illusory feeling of security, which we get from being stuck in our city halls. If we can define our place in the world, properly assess our physical and mental capabilities and limitations, we can take the next step, become participants in a great adventure, what is dealing with in the real world, in its various corners and under all possible circumstances.