5 Popular Survival Myths That Just Might Kill You! (Part 2)

We had so much fun writing the last post, that we decided to extend the list to 5 more popular survival myths.

Growing up we’ve heard many survival tips, such as sucking the venom out of a snake bite, or rubbing your hands together when it’s very cold. These myths are sometimes even shown in popular TV shows – in Friends they peed on a jellyfish burn for example. Some of these myths  are simply wrong, some just ineffective, while others are dangerous to the point they just might kill you.

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Survival Myths that Just Might Kill You! (Part 2)








Here are the next 5 popular survival myths that just might kill you:

  1. Moss grows on the northern side of trees:
    This myth is actually partially true, although moss couldn’t care less about directions – it grows where it’s cool, dark and moist. In the northern hemisphere, the sun moves from east to west through the south, so the northern side of trees is usually darker and colder. The thing is, in a forest, there’s shade all around, so chances are that moss will grow all around the trees, rather than only on their northern side. So if you’d like to use moss as an indication where the north is, make sure to observe only lone trees on a flat plane.
  2. If stranded in the desert, find water as soon as possible:
    Our main concern in the desert is actually not finding water, but rather not losing the water we already have in us.
    So our first priority should be to find a shaded shelter, so we don’t suffer a sunstroke or hyperthermia (overheating) during the day. Wet your hat with a little water (you can even pee on it), and make sure that the least amount of skin is exposed to the searing sun. Try to rest as much as possible in your shaded shelter during the daytime.
    Take advantage of the cooler hours of the night, to find water: follow animal tracks – they will usually lead you to some sort of an oasis. If possible, get to a high location and observe the formation of valleys – they will usually lead to water. Look for patches of vegetation – they will either lead to a water source, or indicate that there is an underground water source, so digging an indian well (or wells to be exact), may yield some water more quickly than looking for an oasis.

  3. Boiling water automatically cleans it:
    When you’re not absolutely sure that the water is safe to drink, boiling it is essential, as it kills all the harmful bacteria and microbes, but it doesn’t remove the muck and dirt.
    What you need to do is first filter the water – even passing it through a simple cloth is better than just boiling it.
    For a good filter, prepare a bottle with powder charcoal, sand, grass and small rocks, with a cloth at the bottom – run the water through the filter and only then boil it to be 100% sure it is clean and safe to drink.

  4. Drinking pee to re-hydrate in a survival situation:
    Even though it looks great when Bear Grylls drinks his own pee, it’s not necessarily a good practice in the long run – as your body loses more water, your pee becomes darker and will contain more toxins, making it harder for the body to hydrate effectively.
    A better practice is using a condensation filter for the pee – place a small container inside a larger one. Seal them at the top with a plastic bag and place a small rock on top of the plastic cover in the middle. Place the filter in the sun – the water will evaporate, and condense on the plastic. The rock will funnel it to the center, and the clean water will drip into the smaller container.

  5. Finding food as a priority in a survival situation:
    Food is very important for us, BUT we can certainly survive without it for quite a while (even up to 3 weeks). On the other hand, we can’t survive more than 3 hours in a very cold or very hot environment, and we absolutely can’t survive more than 3 days without water.
    So let’s get our priorities straight – shelter from the elements, clean water, and ONLY then food!
    Also, if you are in need of rescue, setup a way for people to see you from afar or above, like a big SOS or HELP sign, as soon as possible.

To Sum Up:

We’ve heard many survival myths growing up – some of them are simply wrong, while others can be very dangerous. It’s very important to learn the true survival skills, so if we’re ever faced with these sort of situations, we’ll keep calm and know what to do, without wasting precious time (which is our greatest adversary in any survival situation).

Have YOU ever heard any survival myths that are simply wrong and just might kill you?

Please share your thoughts with us – leave a comment below, I love getting your feedback, and read each and every one of your messages!

Coming up:
Winter is upon us, and this year it seems to be even colder than prior years.. Layering our clothes using the PIWW layer system will keep you dry and warm, even in face of the harshest elements.

I can’t wait to share all of this with you,

So until then – Stay Safe!!

Your friend always,

Roy Shepard

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