Think you know fact from fiction? Put your wilderness survival knowledge to the test with these five common myths that could cost you your life.
Protect Yourself From These Survival Myths
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? In the list below, we debunk five common survival myths that could be the difference between life and death.
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!
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.
Myth #3: Conserve your water for later.
The truth: Drink water when you’re thirsty! You need water sooner rather than later.
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.
Myth #5: You should suck the venom out of a snake bite.
The truth: Don’t try to suck out the venom! Sucking a wound does not prevent venom from affecting the body. Don’t panic – seek immediate medical help.
Make sure to always carry a first aid kit (like this one) with you when you’re out in the wilderness.
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