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Survival Handbook


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How do I deal with the cold? 1.

Dress Warmly

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Warm clothing, especially when it's layered, not only prevents exposure, it also helps keep in body heat.

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Wear a warm hat and thick socks. We lose most of our body heat through our head and feet.

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Layer your clothing. Try and put on thin clothing under your pants or shirt. Wear your warmest jacket and cuddle up so that you can preserve body heat


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How do I deal with the cold? 2.

Keep Moving

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Working out in the cold may be the last thing you feel like doing in the cold but it has many benefits.

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As well as giving you a rush of endorphins which boosts mood, exercise will get the blood pumping around your body and heat up your skin.

Short Exercise Suggestion


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How do I deal with the cold? 3.

Drink Warm

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Use a hot water bottle. Water keeps heat in for a long time, which makes it a cheap and effective way to stay warm.

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You can purchase a cheap, rubber water bottle that keeps the heat in from a corner store near you

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You can place your water bottle under your blankets or tarp to keep your bed warm through the night.


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How do I deal with the heat? 1.

Stay away from the sun when it’s at its hottest

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Spend more time in or near an air-conditioned place or building. Visit public buildings such as the library or a store if you feel that the heat is becoming too much.

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Apply any sunscreen or lotion that you might have as it will protect your skin from the harsh rays of the sun and keep your skin cooler as you have a protective layer.

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Wear a hat or some sort of protection on top of your head so that the intensity of the sun’s rays will not affect you as much.


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How do I deal with the heat? 2.

Keep hydrated

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Drink water frequently – aim to drink about half a bottle of water every 3 hours

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Wear a or piece of material with water soaked on it and put it on your head.

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Easiest place to find water is from a tap built into the side of a buildng.


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How do I deal with the heat? 3.

Wear loose clothing

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Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing will help to keep you cooler

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If you have the option, try to wear light colours, preferably white as it reflects the sun. Stay away from black coloured clothes as black absorbs heat

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Shorts and short sleeved shirts are good choices If you have long hair, attempt to tie it up and keep it off your face and body. If you have a lot of facial hair, maybe it’s time to start considering disposable shavers.


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Yummy, cheap items to keep an eye out for‌

Nuts Deluxe Mix $4.76

Crackers Sao $2.92 Fruit Salad in Juice Canned $2.05

Woolworths Select Tuna with Lemon & Cracked Pepper $1.00 Heinz Baked Beans Salt Reduced Tomato Sauce $1.60

Spam Ham Low Salt $5.04


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Homeless Shelters near you… City of Sydney 225 George Street, Sydney, Grosvenor Place

Wesley Mission Short Term Unit program – Carlingford Noreen Towers Community - Liverpool

Homelessness NSW 768 Strawberry Hills – Surry Hills

Oasis Youth Support Network 365 Crown Street - Surry Hills

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