I'm far from an expert, but I did take a year of training and participated in multiple survival trips in the late 60's. I was raised in a farming
ranching family and have hunted my whole life.
Survivorman is far more authentic from what I saw. The other fellow did a lot of dumb stuff and dangerous stuff as was mentioned.
Never go to a remote location without telling multiple people where you are going and when you are expected to return. Tell them to call for help if
you don't contact them or return on time.
Carry a locator with you and if you can't afford one you should not be taking such trips.
Always carry basic survival supplies in your vehicle or on you when you go where you could end up in trouble.
Never go out alone. Two can do the work of three individuals working alone and survival chances go way up.
If lost stay put unless you are sure where to go, that you can get there and have maps and a compass or GPS device with you.
Keep signal fires burning and wait.
Don't get your training from a TV program. Get professional training.
Don't assume you can survive in area's you are unfamiliar with. True survival includes knowing the local plants and wildlife. You will be surviving
mostly on plants and that knowledge is critical.
Know which plants are dangerous or you may kill yourself with a common poisonous plant that looks like a wild onion for instance.
The trips I went on were with experts who ran a program at a University. My whole Boy Scout Troop took it for a year as our last year in Scouts. We
spent a week in the winter in the mountains and two weeks in the desert in the summer. The desert was easier to survive in believe it or not.
Rattlesnake is great by the way
Porcupine sucks but feeds the whole camp and they are easy to get. Field Mice taste fine but the idea is a bit
Learning Survival and the practice trips are great recreation and a valuable skill to have. Survival is mainly keeping a clear head and making logical
Find water, then shelter and only then worry about food. With water and shelter you can exist a long time.
Make sure you know how to start fires like the back of your hand. Literally. Those signal fires is what will get you saved. Even if nobody knows you
are lost, somebody will react to smoke. Fire is rescue, warmth, protection and one of the most important bits of survival knowledge you can have. Many
other things you can figure out on your own.
A survival kit can be simple yet effective.
Fire starting items like waterproof matches, flint and steel and steel wool.
Know how to build a bow drill and use it to start a fire.
Fishing line and hooks.
Parachute cord as it is strong and takes up little space.
Water purification tablets and the common sense to not drink water you are unsure of.
A real survival blanket.
A small plastic tarp.
A knife made of steel that will strike a spark from flint or chert (ironically a genuine Boy Scout Knife is the right kind of steel) .
A small metal container for boiling and cooking.
If you have room; an Axe, a wool blanket, rope and a wood saw are indispensable.
All of the above can fit in a small container in your trunk or backpack. I keep a kit in my vehicles at all times. Don't buy that crap off the racks
at KMart. Get good stuff.
OK, I'm rambling on here and I've gone way off topic. Sorry.