4 Common Survival Myths That Could Get You Killed Instead Of Saving You

In this day and age we have access to more information than ever before. We have Smartphones which can access info on just about anything, including survival tips.

However just because it’s on the Internet doesn’t mean that is the gospel truth. In this post we will discuss 9 survival myths that could get you killed rather than saving you.

1-Myth: You Must Find Food First
There are a lot of things that can kill you in the wilder­ness, and star­va­tion is cer­tainly one of those things, but it is unlikely to be the first or fastest thing to bring you down.

Humans can live for up to six weeks with­out food. That’s plenty of time for some­one to fig­ure out that you’re miss­ing and come find you.

In all like­li­hood you will be res­cued before you starve unless some­thing else gets you first. Water, warmth, and pro­tec­tion should always be your top priorities.

2-Myth: Shel­ter Means Cov­er­age
When most peo­ple think of shel­ter, they think of four walls and a roof. In the wilder­ness, this myopic view can kill you. Ade­quate shel­ter has lit­tle to do with cov­er­age and every­thing to do with pro­tec­tion.

You need shel­ter to pro­tect you from the ele­ments. In a hot sunny cli­mate, this likely means shade. In a tem­per­ate or cold cli­mate, it means warmth. Poorly built shacks with roofs and walls are a poor way to pro­tect your­self from the cold.

The best way to make a quick shel­ter is to find a dry place and insu­late the ground using dry veg­e­ta­tion. Mak­ing a small nest that insu­lates the ground and pro­vides a bit of wind pro­tec­tion and cam­ou­flage is vastly supe­rior to a roofed shel­ter with­out insulation.

3-Myth: You Can Drink Water From a Cac­tus
So your car broke down in the desert. It’s miles to the near­est gas sta­tion. Your cell phone doesn’t have recep­tion. You don’t have any water in your car. There’s no one around, and you are very, very thirsty.

Now you chance upon a cac­tus. I’m saved, you think. I’ll just lop the top off this here prickly pear and go to town. Not so fast, part­ner. The liq­uid inside a cac­tus isn’t pure water and is actu­ally a highly alka­line, nox­ious fluid.

Chances are, if you drink from a cac­tus you will get very sick, and vom­it­ing is one way to ensure you dehy­drate faster. You can drink from a bar­rel cac­tus, but only one spe­cific type, and unless you’re extremely into cacti botany, you’re bet­ter off con­serv­ing your energy or seek­ing out a purer water source.

4-Myth: You Know How to Sur­vive Because You Read This, Watched That, or Have a Smart Phone
If you extract any­thing at all from this arti­cle, I hope you learn that you can’t rely on the inter­net, tele­vi­sion, or field guides to save you. Prepa­ra­tion and con­fi­dence are impor­tant in sur­vival sit­u­a­tions, but its cru­cial to keep in mind that all of your prepa­ra­tion should be geared toward avoid­ing life-and-death sit­u­a­tions.

Aside from extreme cir­cum­stances and extreme occu­pa­tions, most peo­ple will not find them­selves in life or death sur­vival sit­u­a­tions, with­out a chance of imme­di­ate res­cue, absent user error.

Strik­ing off into the wilder­ness with the mind­set that a book or 3G will save you is more than ask­ing for trou­ble, it’s a pretty good way to find trouble.

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