We debunk 5 common survival myths that can contribute to your wilderness survival skills as well as the difference between life and death. As survival experts, we think we have what it takes to make it in the most extreme situations. But how much of what we’re taught is actually true?
Protect Yourself from These Survival Myths
Myth #1: Your Priority Should Be Looking for Food
The truth: Your first priority should NOT be looking for food – you can survive many days without food. Focus instead on finding water and shelter. Even with all your survival gear, the harsh environment and the cold in the wilderness will be too much to bear without shelter. The human body is also in constant need of hydration.
Myth #2: A Shelter Means a Roof over Your Head
The truth: A shelter isn’t just covering your head with a roof – it means a bed you can survive the night in. Use dry vegetation to make a safe place to sleep. The key is to make a shelter that’s warm enough to protect you from the cold of the night.
Myth #3: Conserve Your Water for Later
The truth: Drink water when you’re thirsty. You need water sooner rather than later. It’s a great thing to learn how to locate water sources in the wild. This is valuable knowledge to help a person survive longer when lost outdoors.
Myth #4: You Should Drink Your Urine in an Emergency Situation
The truth: If it’s scorching hot and you’re severely overheated, drinking your urine could cause your body’s cooling systems to malfunction. It’s only going to do more bad than good so erase this belief once and for all.
Myth #5: You Should Suck the Venom out of a Snake Bite
The truth: A lot of times the movies tend to influence how we’re supposed to view things. Sure enough, you’ve seen these done in the movies many times. Don’t try to suck out the venom! Sucking a wound does not prevent the venom from affecting the body. Don’t panic – seek immediate medical help.
Note: Make sure to always carry a first aid kit with you when you’re out in the wilderness.
Check out the video below to learn more about these wilderness survival myths:
A lot of these myths still dwell in people’s minds. A great part of our overall knowledge is influenced by what we often see and hear. Not all of these sources are giving correct information. So it’s really important to be well-informed for the sake of everyone’s safety. One single mistake can lead to a life and death situation.
Which of these myths did you happen to believe once in your life? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 24, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.