The group I am in is planning a “survival weekend” soon. I am really looking forward to this. Basically we are getting together on a Friday night after work and heading to a piece of land that has a run down barn on it. The barn will serve as a shelter and base of operations. There is no electricity although I am bringing a few small solar solutions to charge cell phones, batteries, etc.
From Friday night through Sunday we will be doing a combination of firearms training (a group member is an instructor) as well trying out various equipment items to see how they work (cooking, communication, optics, light, clothing, etc.). Of particular concern to me is the heat and sun. We do not need this “practice” weekend turn into a serious SHTF for someone due to heat stroke or severe sunburn. Preventive measures which may not be ultra-realistic to some will be taken (cooler full of ice cold water).
We are also planning to maintain security during the night (wish I had good night vision) and having group members work a shift monitoring the area. I consider this essential as that is exactly what would occur in a real situation. Communication monitoring is another essential duty someone would be assigned however not sure that for this particular weekend it is necessary to practice this.
We already have a pretty good agenda set up but if anyone has any suggestions to specific drills/skills/activities that you think should be included please feel free to leave a comment. We are going to be located on the range which we have trained, there is no power and other than our vehicles the only shelter is the run down barn I mentioned.
Will post an update after the event.