We want to welcome Michael Lizotte as the newest member of the Sigma 3 Survival School family. He is from Canada and operates the Redbeard Survival School in Quebec.
Michael is a French Canadian who formally served with the Royal 22nd Regiment of Canada as a paratrooper. As a result, he completed tours in Afghanistan, Haiti, and Northern Quebec. Afterwards, Michael pursued his love for the outdoors. Later, in 2016, he participated in The Woods Canada Greatest Explorer Competition aiming to win the title of Canada’s Greatest Explorer. Michael’s love for the outdoors and survival training continues to grow. Subsequently, Michael went on to establish the Redbeard Survival School.
His Survival Training
Michael received his first knife at 4 years old. His grandfather taught him basic woodsmanship along with trapping and fishing. Michael quickly began to become more interested in wilderness living and survival. Later, he realized that teaching wilderness survival was his life’s passion, while serving in the Canadian Army. He quit the army in 2014 after 3 deployments to open his own survival school which became fully operational in 2016. Wanting to push further his instructions quality, he joins the 45 days instructor program with Sigma 3 where he graduated proudly. Now working full-time on his school, he always seeks to push his limits further into the survival culture.
He is qualified in winter survival, primitive skills, search-and-rescue, with additional skills in TCCC (Tactical combat casualty care), TIOP (Tactical Intelligence Operator).
His Survival School
Michael knew he would own a survival school since his childhood. He established the Redbeard Survival School in Quebec, Canada in 2016. The mission of Redbeard Survival is to educate amateurs and professionals in all fields, including police and military bodies, to avoid any situation of survival. The school states that by learning the basics of survival, students will become a key element in an emergency situation, preventing putting your life or that of your loved ones at risk. The approach that Redbeard Survival employs is based on live experiences and adapted to the reality of today. They also look at primitive techniques, while valuing modern techniques, so that students can be ready for any emergency situation.
Thus, we welcome Michael to the Sigma 3 Survival family!
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Life has a way of tearing you down. It can be extremely difficult to carry the weight of it all. Many are aware that I took the 45 Day Instructor Course in the Spring of 2016, but what most don’t know is “WHY” I took the program. I will get into that shortly, but I wan’t you to first understand there are many reasons people take this course. For some it is the thought of one day teaching survival for a living, for others they want to join the Sigma team, but for most it is the opportunity to reconnect with nature. Each of those are amazing reasons to attend this course.
For me, I was going through a very dark time. I had lost my career (my calling), my best friend just went to jail for 40 years, and some people I thought had my back abandoned me. The crappy thing about it all, is none of this was my doing. It was the direct actions of another. I had lost all hope. $4,000 for a survival course seems like a far stretch, but at that time I would have paid a million dollars for a sense of relief and purpose again.
When I first arrived at Sigma 3 I was so excited. For 45 days I didn’t have to worry about anything except what I was going to eat, and where I was going to sleep. The heavy load completely lifted off my shoulders. From there, the rest was history. I am happy to say I was able to let go, and learn to forgive. Healing took place on that mountain.
Here are many of the life changing benefits that can come from immersing yourself into the wild:
Sense of Accomplishment
Independence from Artificial Establishments
Friendships that Last
Confidence in Your Abilities
Self-Realization like Never before
Oneness with Nature
Appreciation for the little things.
Stronger Relationships with Family
Freedom to Rediscover Who YOU ARE.
Not to even mention the skills you will learn, and the doors of opportunity that will open. As soon as I graduated I was invited to be a guest instructor at several survival schools, and even got a couple full-time teaching opportunities. I decided to take a job as the full-time survival instructor for a school based in South Carolina. I was super excited, but my heart was always in the Ozarks. My family and I moved to the Carolinas in the Summer of 2016, and within 6 months I had created an established survival program there. At the end of 2016 Rob (Sigma 3 Owner) decided it was time for me to come home, and he offered me the Director of Operations and Lead Instructor position at Sigma 3. Since then I have been leading the Sigma program, and together with Rob’s guidance we continue to run one of the largest and most comprehensive survival schools in the World.
So if you are like me, and need a fresh start then consider the 45 Days Instructor Program. I know you won’t regret it. REGISTER HERE!
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SIGMA 3 Survival School is proud to announce we have brought Mike Lowe onto the team. We’ve been following him for years and have always been a huge fan because of his extreme level of bushcraft skills. You’d be hard pressed to find a more skilled bushcraft instructor in the whole world. And I believe much of that skills was sourced from his raw love for the outdoors. When you truly love something to the core of your being, you want to do it ALL the time. And Mike is one of those guys that is obsessed with outdoor survival skills and has been for well over 40 years. We will be posting scheduled courses for Mike soon, so be sure to check back to our website on a regular basis for more details.
Mike Lowe Biography:
I have been learning and practicing wilderness survival-bushcraft skills since 1975.
From 1980-88 I served as a Survival Instructor in the US Air Force. From 1988 to the present I have been learning, practicing, and teaching wilderness survival-bushcraft skills and Search & Rescue certification training for Wilderness Way Adventures, a faith-based outdoor ministry I founded as a LLC 501(c)3 program. I have taught hundreds of men, women, and children throughout North America. In 2015 I was a
participant on Alone Season 2 (which aired on the History Channel in 2016).
1980 AA – Survival Instructor, Community College of the US Air Force, AL
1981 Cert – Emergency Medical Technician, Eastern Washington University, WA
1994 BA – Pastoral Ministry & Education, Weimar College, CA
2001 Cert – Wilderness First Responder, NOLS Wilderness Medicine, WY
2002 Cert – Technical Rope & Swift Water Instructor, Rescue 3 International, CA
2005 MA – Biblical Studies, Robertstown University, AZ
Wilderness Way Adventures, LLC, 501(c)3
1988 – Survival and Search & Rescue Instruction, Owner, Lead Instructor
History Channel, Alone, Season 2
2016 – Participant, Vancouver Island, 21 Days
NEW!! Due to high demand we will now be offering a Summer Survival Instructor Program!
We are excited to be able to offer the new Summer Survival Instructor Program. The summer program will have the same high standards, but be broken up into two phases. Take Phase 1 over the summer your first year, and Phase 2 the following year.
Phase 1 will consist of the Survival Standard, The Advanced Standard, Wildcrafter, and Primitive Bowyer. (3 Weeks)
Phase 2 will consist of a short review, Advanced Primitive Skills, Scout Knife Only, and SERE. (3 Weeks)
We take our training serious, and we have high expectations for our instructors. The intent of this program is not to water down the training, but to make it more accessible to those who are unable to take off for the entire 45 days. It is our mission to grow the self-reliance community, by producing the top instructors. Students will be required to check-in between phases, complete monthly assignments, and log so many hours of dirt time. Upon completion of Phase 1 & 2 students will graduate as a Level 1 Certified Instructor; however in order to teach for Sigma 3 you will also need to complete the Level 2 Instructor Certification.
We will still continue to offer our 45 Day program which we highly recommend. Be sure to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Space is extremely limited.
In this program you will start with the survival priorities and then build on them to increase your bushcraft knowledge. Sigma 3 doesn’t teach you how to get out of the woods; we teach you how to live in them. You will become proficient in shelter, water, fire, food, tools, medical, bow making, navigation, and much more. You will learn all these survival skills with primitive methods as well as modern ones. Sigma 3 specializes in not only surviving, but we take our students knowledge level to such a high degree that you will be very comfortable anywhere you travel in the world. Knowledge weighs nothing and we are going to throw every bit of knowledge we possibly can at you, so be prepared! If you want to challenge yourself and learn these skills intensively and all in one blast, then this is the program for you!
The point of this course is to teach an average person to walk off into the wilderness with nothing but a knife and survive indefinitely in comfort! This is the most comprehensive wilderness survival course on the market today! No other school offers such a diverse set of skills in one course and all in one session. This course is designed to take the average person and turn them into a well-trained survival instructor, capable of living off the land for long periods of time with minimal equipment.
All equipment needed for the Summer Survival Instructor Program can be purchased through our Survival Store, everything listed on the survival store is items we recommend and carry ourselves. You are not required to purchase these exact items through us in order to attend course. You just need the same equipment and of similar quality! The items we offer are the best you can get for the money and we highly recommend these same items no matter where you buy them.
Minimum gear recommendations
Fixed Blade Knife between 4-6″, preferable a scandi grind
Tarp and Poncho for shelters
Flashlight and headlamp w/ extra batteries
Large Roll of Paracord
Outdoor Clothing, boots, and bug spray
Wet weather gear
Stainless Steel Canteen
Fire starting kit; must have ferro rod
Packable fishing kit
Medium to Large Backpack
Medical Kit (you will be responsible for your own healthcare)
Hygiene Kit (you will be responsible for your own hygiene; you can bathe in the creek or find a local venue to bathe at.)
*All items needed can be found on our survival store and the items we carry on the store are what we recommend for classes.
Material Fees: These staves are pre-dried for two years and in perfect working condition.Hickory Stave $125. Course will include any other materials needed to finish bow. You can pay via credit/debit card when you arrive. Optional recommended items: farriers rasp and draw knife.
Food and water
You will provide your own food for most of the course. Water will be provided at the property. In some sections of the course, you will live from the land but when learning you will need to provide your own meals, which is about 33 days’ worth. We recommend quick ready to eat field type meals for convenience such as our in house camp ready meals.
Local eateries, grocery stores, and other amenities are available locally. You will have plenty of time to procure any items you need.
Local groceries and supplies
Walmart is within a short drive and several other stores as well. So you can get food locally very easily. We prefer you drive a vehicle to class, as vehicles will be needed during certain portions of the course. If your flying in then you can usually team up with other instructor candidates that brought a car to the course, which many usually do. In some portions of the course we will procure our food from the land, but in most sections of the course you will need to provide your own food. The links above are our recommendations for camp food. Please help support Sigma 3 by purchasing your food and equipment through our store instead of other vendors. The funds are used to make the courses better and the school bigger for your benefit!
During the class we will be doing some hunting and fishing and you will be required to purchase an Missouri state hunting and fishing license. I would advise you to not get your license until you get here. They can be bought at numerous local stores. And you don’t need the annual license. Average cost $50 or less. Call for more details if you have questions.
If you have a favorite rifle or concealed carry weapon that you would like to bring. It’s welcome at our camp! Licensed concealed carry is allowed and recommended. Missouri is also an open carry/constitutional carry state, so gun laws are very flexible here. And we have a personal shooting range that can be utilized on your off time throughout the course.
Video Compilation of Instructor Course Experience
Here is a compilation from one of our Level 1 Graduates that video documented his experience at SIGMA 3. He got a full time job working as lead instructor of another outdoor training organization upon graduation. With paid salary, vacation, and benefits. He is now our Director of Operations. We’ve had numerous graduates get job offers after completing this course.
ATTENTION: During the first two weeks, you will be paired with other standard courses running back to back. Our reason for doing this is that we want to be able to pick out the advanced students that already have a basic understanding of bushcraft and see how they interact with other students that are new to the skills. You will be gauged on how quickly you learn the skills and then move on to help others that are struggling. Remember that you are coming here to become instructors so we will be gauging your ability to relay learned information to others. You will also be expected to maintain a positive mental attitude and good demeanor throughout the course. You cannot pass this program without the strong ability to deal with others and a positive mental attitude at all times. If your a whiner, your assured to not make it!
You will have to successfully complete all aspects of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 course curriculum and reproduce these skills under harsh conditions. In order to graduate you have to meet the requirements of each section of the course. This class is difficult to pass not because of the demands we put on students but the burden mother nature plays on the course. People who fail do so because they don’t have the endurance to muster through tough conditions. Not because they can’t learn and complete the tasks. Every class is different in it’s graduation rate because each course has such a unique makeup of people. Some classes we have passed 80% of students and other classes have had very high drop out rates. You will pass the course if you muster through and stay determined. Phase 2 is the only section you absolutely can’t fail – Scout Survival and SERE! These are Go or No Go phases of the course!
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I have always been interested in survival and self reliance. From the days of my childhood and on into my teenage years , I pondered the ways of the settlers and the Indians. During my teenage years, my closest friends and I would go camping or just go down to the ditch banks , make camp fires , spend our time learning to cuss and spit tobacco and were known to fry fish in a shovel from time to time.
Fast forward to modern day adult hood at the age of 45. By this time I had watched survival experts on YouTube and had witnessed the explosion of interest in bush craft survival that had led to a barrage of survival and self reliance shows. During this time I had found a school (at the time) in Northwest Arkansas on YouTube called Sigma 3 Survival School and had watched some videos and became very impressed with the skills they were teaching, as well as the simplistic manner they were taught. Life being what it was in the “real world”, I was usually too busy trying to make ends meet to spend much time following my passions. So, as usual, they fell to the wayside.
One day a couple of years later, I stumbled upon the Sigma 3 website and noticed they had expanded to include four more school locations and had moved the main headquarters to Mansfield MO. I was impressed to say the least so I looked closer at the curriculum and class schedules. I really wanted to participate in this arena and learn from the best, by this time I had surmised them to be in that category.
Taking the Forty Five Day Instructor Course would mean that I would have to quit my job, go at the very least a month and a half without income, and attempt to reestablish myself when I returned. My hopes were that I would be able to teach for Sigma 3 and/or start my own school. However, I had to make it through the course and pass before any of that could happen.
I thought about it for several weeks and began to work on acquiring all the equipment that I would need. I had a large portion of it already such as hatchets, knives, canteens, winter clothes and boots, fire starters and the like. None the less, I spent many hours looking fore the extras and pondering which knife would be best , which pack would hold up and what kind of food to take as I was responsible for bringing a months worth with me. I even custom made a bush knife for the trip out of an old saw blade and I always carry a small knife a friend gave me made of the same.
I had made a combination of deer, beef and rabbit jerky for the trip along with my instant coffee, herbal teas, bee pollen, tuna fish and a host of dried vegetables, fruits, nuts and granola for my sustenance.
My Suburban was loaded down. The weather was warm the week class started so I had lots of warm weather clothes as well as cold weather clothing and rain gear. I took about ten knives, four hatchets and overall, just too much junk!
I practiced bow drill method of fire for a week using different materials, mostly from cedar around my house, before time to leave. I was able to get smoke, lots of it, but failed each time to get a coal and was perplexed as to why. I had watched videos and had found dry materials and could not figure it out. I knew, however, that it had to be something simple, maybe the way I made my notch in the hearth board? Alas, I consigned myself to letting it go until I could learn from the pros. I knew that with the conditioning I had just put myself through, I would surely have it soon. I later discovered , among other things, that my spindle had too much heart wood in it and I had been drilling into a heart wood fire board, which is a bad combination.
Time to begin the journey…..
I woke up on the morning I was to leave with a strange feeling of excitement mixed with fear and dread. What was I about to get myself into? Was I really ready for this? Was I physically able to accomplish this mission of missions that I had very little experience with? I didn’t know. What I did know was that I had spent the money and it was non refundable. I had to go and had to succeed, that was all there was to it. So, off I went. I said my good byes the day before and set off to Mansfield, Missouri without any real idea of what was about to happen.
Arrival at Sigma 3 Survival School….
I had finally reached Mansfield and was attempting to navigate my way to county road B where it seemed that I was heading out into the middle of nowhere. After what seemed like several miles, I crossed a railroad track and to my great relief was a sign at a turn off onto a dirt road that said “Sigma III Survival School”! My heart leaped in my chest and the excitement took hold! I had followed Justin Williams’s (Sigma Director) post on his YouTube Channel Dirt Time Adventures of when he had made the journey before and recalled how he expressed his excitement in his video upon arrival. I felt akin.
So I drove along the winding dirt road and again felt like the road would never end. Finally I came to a gate that was partially in the road , just wide enough that I could drive through. It wound around up an incline and there I saw the “cabin”, a pavilion, and …Awesome! (I thought to myself) A Tipi! The place looked empty as I pulled into what I assumed to be the parking area. I exited my truck and decided to look around. I saw two men over in the woods past the tipi, so, I went on over and introduced myself. They were both there for the same reason I was, to take the instructor course. Geoffrey had been there two days. the other guy had just arrived that morning and there was one guy Steve who had been there a week alone already who was in town at the time. Geoffrey told me that a bear had been in camp the night before and Steve ( the one in town) had ran it off.
I had never been anywhere other than a zoo where live bears roaming around was commonplace so, my level of fear mixed with excitement had raised to def con 3. I was more excited than fearful and looked forward to actually getting to see a bear in the wild! However, I never did.
That first night before class was to begin, we were all setting up camp in primitive shelters that were already built on the property. I chose a jungle hooch and put my tarp over it. It was amazingly comfortable and I slept very well.
As people started showing up, I met a barrage of interesting and unique individuals from many parts of the US and the Netherlands. As our instructor course would be running simultaneously with regular courses, I saw many different people come and go with the passing of some of the basic classes such as Survival Standard and Advanced Standard.
We learned about shelter building from emergency survival situations to long term wilderness living and sustainability. We learned how to find and gather materials and resources for fire, shelter and water for immediate and long term use. We learned how to take what nature has to offer and make tools, cordage, medicine, and weapons. Some lessons learned included making pottery, flint knapping, trapping, how to move in the woods for safety and stealth, camouflage techniques, meat and hide procurement and processing, bow making, coal burn containers, basket weaving, navigation methods for night and day, tracking, escape and evasion maneuvers and a host of tidbits along the way too numerous to mention here.
Once our instructors were confident in our abilities, we had what is called Scout Week Knife only.
We were taken to a new location and allowed only a knife and what clothes we could wear on our bodies at one time. The temperatures were in the 20’s that week dipping into the teens at night. Our first objectives were to build a primitive shelter, find a water source and gather materials to build a bow drill kit so we could make a fire. Not everyone is able to accomplish fire on the first day due to the various requirements for a proper kit and the physical demands of such an undertaking. We were alone in our endeavors until we achieved our tasks.
I tackled shelter building first and had a really nice one built in just a couple of hours , had found a fresh water spring and some discarded plastic water bottles to use as canteens and then I spent the rest of my afternoon looking for material for my bow drill kit. It can be difficult to find proper wood in the right stage of decay and dryness to achieve a coal. After I had acquired what I thought was the best I was going to find and still have enough daylight to gather firewood for the night I set out to build my kit and get my fire started.
A bow drill kit is made up of five parts, the hearth board, spindle, bearing block, bow and the coal catch. I recommend using a small piece of wood instead of a leaf , something like a thin shaving about an inch or so long and wide enough to hold the coal securely. This provides a good ground moisture barrier and protects that hard earned coal better.
By the time I got my kit made , it was getting dark and I could barely see. I was tired and knew that it would take the rest of my energy reserve to use the bow drill to get a coal. I hoped that my kit would be good enough, I had my doubts. I could feel the temperature dropping as the night was taking over. So, I took a few moments to relax and mentally prepare myself for the task at hand.
And so, I began. By the time I had burned the spindle in, it was really getting dark, I could barely see as I carved my notch in the board. By the time I was ready to drill for a coal, I had to feel with my fingers to find placement for the spindle. As I worked the bow to heat up the board, I began to smell smoke. I knew that It was time to add pressure and really go for a coal! I could tell the smoke had increased greatly as scent of it engulfed my lungs. I gave it all I had for a final few seconds and then……exhausted, my heart sank as I considered how cold the night was going to be without a fire. I just sat there, didn’t move, just catching my breath….. out of the darkness…is that….YES! It’s glowing red! I had a coal and it grew and grew until it was glowing bright and beautiful as it pierced the darkness. I grabbed my tender bundle and gently placed it in the center, folded it gently around and began to lightly blow taking my time until it burst into flame. I quickly began to lay in small sticks and slowly fed it until it was a magnificently warm campfire.
I had done it! I had achieved shelter, water, and fire on day one. I was relieved and quite pleased with myself. That night I slept well.
The rest of that week was spent making primitive weapons, gathering wild edibles, improving shelters, making natural cordage, making a basket and eating insects. The only food we had was what we could harvest from the land with what we could make or find having only a knife. I found out black ants are natures skittles, they are quite tasty. I ate roasted grasshoppers and spiders and later on in the week I was able to catch some small bass from the creek.
By our seventh and final day of scout week, we were all ready for a feast. We had been playing a game about food for several nights to pass the time by naming food that begins with letters of the alphabet from A to Z. We had food on the brain.
We had started our journey with fifteen instructor candidates and now we were down to only nine of us left. We had all become very close and connected. I had noticed early on that my dreams had become very active and vivid. I had been experiencing deja vu and commented that I knew that I was where I was supposed to be. During conversations I had found that many of us were having the same experiences of vivid dreams and deja vu. Through our collective trials and victories as the weeks had progressed, we had become a family. This would serve us well the following week.
Our final week consisted of SERE training, modified from a military version to a civilian counterpart. SERE stands for Survive Escape Resist Evade. This training will test your mind, body and will. You will learn how tough you really are. I won’t go into a lot of details here, this training is best experienced rather than discussed but, I will say that you will experience a small taste of what being kidnapped, interrogated, and tortured could be like.
When I received my certificate and patch that says I am a Sigma 3 Level 1 Instructor, It meant more to me than any other certificate I had ever had and still does to this day. I had accomplished something that not many people could do and I had gained new family and entered a brotherhood like no other.
This whole experience changed my life forever and the way I see the world around me. I found out that I am stronger than I once believed and I am confident in my abilities to survive in the wilderness. I still have much to learn and much to improve on but, I have the will, determination and a foundation to build upon. Bushcraft is now a part of who I am and I will continue down this path from now on.
In closing, I encourage you to follow your dreams. Don’t be afraid to break out of the box that society has put you in, and take the Sigma 3 Survival Instructor Course. The more I learn about nature and what it has to offer, the more I understand that is where real life is meant to be lived. There is peace and joy in the wonders of the wilderness. Step out and experience life as your ancestors did, reconnect with nature.
“Casting Call for people interested in participating in a TV show about our Survival Instructor Program. Participation in this program may get you a slot on our TV show, as well as free training and travel. Not to mention the chance of a lifetime to do survival training in remote places worldwide. You may be paid for all these episodes as well. Details are still being worked out. This is a major TV network and a great opportunity to test yourself in the wilds with survival instructors from all over the world.” Rob Allen; President and Head Instructor
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CAN YOU SURVIVE IN THE WILDERNESS FOR 45 DAYS WITH LIMITED MODERN TOOLS?
Welcome to SIGMA 3, the leading school in extreme survival, tailored for only the bushcraft elite.
Do you have what it takes to become a certified Sigma 3 instructor?
Can you survive being dropped in a remote wilderness with nothing but a knife? Are you confident that you could build a waterproof shelter, start a fire and procure water using only that blade? Do you want to add on to your already extensive bushcraft knowledge to become the ultimate level of survival expert, a Sigma 3 instructor? We are casting men and women who want to take on Sigma 3’s intense 45-day instructor test for a new show on a MAJOR CABLE NETWORK.
If you think you have what it takes email: [email protected] right away with SUBJECT LINE: CASTING: YOUR FULL NAME. Please include a few photos of yourself and tell us about yourself and your experience with wilderness survival and bushcrafting.
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Let me introduce myself, my name is Tom, I’m an EMT who just graduated from the 40 day course at Sigma 3 Survival School Survival Instructor Program. I’ve practiced emergency medicine in a variety of areas, and these tips I have listed have helped me greatly in my travels in Central America and Mexico. Prior to graduating the instructor program I lived in Central America for 6 years doing various security jobs and working in remote spots in the jungle.
Recently I took a trip down to Cananea Mexico to do some work with the Cruz Roja Mexicana or Red Cross of Mexico. While I was there in addition to my work, I wanted to pick up some Lidocaine for suturing and some antibiotics and bring that back to the states for personal use.
Now jumping across the border to get supplies isn’t something you want to do without prior preparation. Proper planning prevents piss poor performance! A couple of things that you definitely want to remember when traveling to any foreign country is to make absolutely sure that your paperwork is in order. If all your documents are squared away, it will make the wait time a little less difficult. Second to that is making sure that your story coincides with what your doing there. You don’t want to be heading to Mexico or leaving and tell them your just there visiting, you will have a mile long list of questions to answer. If you were just visiting then have a good answer prepared, an example would be, just coming back from Cancun were I was on vacation for x amount of days. Leave it very simple and basic. Most of the time all of your questions are going to be when you are coming back into the U.S. But don’t say you’re going on vacation to border guards and not have the proper items in your vehicle to substantiate your travel. If you say something, they are trained to look for items in your vehicle to back up your claims, so make sure your story is well thought out beforehand.
Now a couple of little tricks that really help out your situation is speaking the language, if your somewhat fluent you will be able to navigate the situation a whole lot smoother than someone who is not. Know who you are going with, if your headed into a hostile environment then you need to know who is watching your back.
CLEAN your car! Your car should be sanitized before you leave the house! What do I mean by that? Also you want to ask yourself what is in your car right now that may have some shady questionability? Not necessarily to you but to the other person, to the trained professional that is paid to look for something, anything he may be able to use against you. Documents in the glove box that pertain to an old ticket perhaps or that ATM stub. Now they have reasonable suspicion to see if you paid that ticket or if you have any FTA’s. All of this will delay the process of you having a speedy exit. That is your goal, a speedy exit without divulging a whole lot of info about yourself or where you were or what you were doing.
So guys here’s a small list of thing’s that you can do before you head out
1) Sanitize your vehicle, Clean out the trunk and glove box except for necessity items
2) Make sure your passport or travel card is up to date and everything is squared away
3) Check your bags to make sure there is nothing of a suspicion nature.
4) Always bring a small medical kit with you this is a real good kit that is just the essentials http://www.amazon.com/Adventue-Medical-Travel-Medic-Kit/dp/B001RN35GU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401997020&sr=8-1&keywords=adventure+medical+kits+travel
5) If traveling to a Spanish speaking country and you don’t speak the language then get an app for you phone that helps translate or a small translation dictionary.
6) Get maps of the area if possible, even in Mexico they have car rental places, they always hand out free maps of the area.
7) Make sure you have means to charge your phone if for some reason you cannot plug it in. The Goal Zero’s are great and have been tested in the field at Sigma 3 extensively.
8) If your there to procure medical supplies then you need to get a script, most Pharmacia’s will write you one for a small fee. Buy in bulk and keep your doctors “note” while coming back over the border.
9) Make sure you have some sort of personal protection on you and the proper training on how to use it. I would always recommend a quality neck knife that’s easily deployable. Coldsteel has some great one’s for a very reasonable price, if nothing else Kubotans are useful as well.
10) Have an Exit Plan put in place, have money put aside in your shoes or bra or somewhere out of site that if thing’s go wrong or your robbed you have something to fall back on. Keep some kind of escape and evasion kit on you for potential SERE situations. Hidden handcuff keys, etc.
Next time I will cover how to move about in hostile environments and what you need to do to not arouse suspicion. Thanks guys stay safe and stay ready! Semper Paratus “Always Prepared”