Staying alive has always been a priority, whether it is about keeping yourself disease-free or out of any dangerous situation. Our behavior has changed with time and our environment became safer than what it used to be in the past, but this doesn’t mean that the danger isn’t still lurking around corners. Here are some interesting survival tips that might help you some day.
Next time you find yourself in danger keep in mind these tips as they may actually save your life if you ever get lost.
Being skillful and making the right calls is the key for when you find yourself in a life-threatening situation. Being able to build or improvise other instruments like a knife, could save your life.
This skill may come in handy not only to you but also to your traveling companions. This one is considered a must-have skill and even the most basic knowledge can make a difference.
If you have some knowledge about what foods decay the fastest or what goods last an eternity, then this will have a say when you’re in difficult circumstances.
When it comes to outsmarting wildlife, you need to have some skills, abilities and also act carefully. Always carry repellent pepper spray to keep predators away and avoid shark-infested waters or riverbanks.
One thing you should be aware of is the ESD phenomenon. It stands for electric shock drowning. There are more cases in U.S.A which include this phenomenon and it’s caused by cords plugged into an outlet on docks that slip into the water and electrify it. So, stay on the dock.
Learning to perform a CPR properly or to stop a wound from massively bleeding are things that you should know. There are circumstances where no doctors or medics are around and you have to be the one to take measures.
Let’s talk about para-cords, also known as parachute cords. These can be easily included in your survival kit, along with a survival knife, duct tape or a multi-tool.
In order to use the paracord in an effective way, you need to master a few knots such as figure 8, clove hitch, girth knot, slipknot and so on.
When it comes to protecting yourself from animals you should know that in the situation of a dog attack you have to protect your face and neck. Also, fight back: shout, aim for its neck, nose and use your weight.
The bear represents a greater danger than a dog. It is significantly stronger and larger and in order to combat with such a force, you need to hard kick or punch its nose.
The crocodile is one of the deadliest predators in the world. If you consider traveling in areas where you’re aware of the potential presence of the crocodile you have two options: if the crocodile is on land, stay calm and when you get the chance run away, and if the crocodile is in the water attack its eyes.
Even if you heard multiple stories that imply sharks attacking people for no apparent reason, these are false. Sharks don’t usually go after people, but when they do you have to be prepared. Make sure you aim for its snout, eyes or gills.
If you find yourself in the situation where you are out of food, then you have to keep in mind that knowledge can save lives. Knowing which plant is edible and which one is not can be very easy if you have some information.
This one is fundamentally important when deciding what plants are edible or not. Do not eat mushrooms or fungi, even if some of them are considered tasty. Some types of mushrooms can cause permanent or even fatal injury.
Another advice concerning edible plants: do not eat them if they grow in polluted areas. Also, avoid plants that grow near the road, because these ones are mostly affected by the car exhaust. Same goes to those plants growing near polluted waters.
Always test the plant on the skin. Rub it on your elbow or the inside of your wrist and watch it for the next 8 hours. If after this period you can notice redness, bumps, itching or pain it means the plant should not be in your stomach.
One indicator of the plant’s state is its taste. The bitter the taste, the older the plant. Also, some plants will need boiling to help you get rid of the bitter taste.
Your source of light it’s extremely important when you are facing harsh conditions. If you don’t have a flashlight in your backpack or if it ran out of batteries, you can make a candle from a piece of string placed in a Crisco tub.
When camping, it’s very important to keep all your food away. If you cooked earlier that day, don’t go to sleep in those clothes and go change, because the smell can attract unwanted visitors.
Knowledge is power and knowing how to orient yourself when you’re lost and don’t have any map on you is useful.
Knowing how to read and interpret a compass is a very valuable skill which may come in handy when you don’t know where to go.
When you are gravely injured or can’t move, your best chance to survive is to signal your location. One method to do that is to make a signal fire.
More than 700 people die every year in ladder accidents. This may sound like a natural selection consequence, but it’s no joke. Don’t carry anything while climbing and always pay attention.
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