5 Survival Myths

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Here are five of the biggest myths about survival

Myth No. 1: You Can Successfully Suck the Poison Out of a Snakebite

Truth is that cutting into a snakebite to get to the poison only makes an existing open wound worse. The best treatment to handle a snakebite is to use anti-venom and seek medical attention. You should wear a cool, soaked bandana or similar material around your head and place another one over your wound until medical help arrives.

Myth No. 2: Food Is Your First Priority

You can survive for up to four or more weeks without food. There are plenty of other things that could kill you before you starve. Staying hydrated and staying warm are your priorities in a survival situation.

Myth No. 3: A Shelter Means You Are Protected

Your shelter is more likely a simple shelter. Such a shelter is necessary for survival because it keeps you camouflaged in the wild and offers you a little bit of wind protection. If you’ve insulated your shelter, it can provide you with some warmth as well. By simply constructing a shelter is not going to keep you fully protected from the elements throughout the night. You’ll still be cold and uncomfortable, which is why you also must build a fire and always be on the watch for a hungry animal or an incoming storm.

Myth No. 4: You should pull out whatever you have been stabbed with.

If you are ever accidentally stabbed with a knife or any other sharp object in a survival situation , pulling it may only cause you to bleed faster and make things worse. Instead, dress your wounded area and keep the object stable until it can be properly removed.

Myth No. 5: Moss Only Grows on the North Side of Trees

Moss can grow on any side of a tree. The point of this is that you can’t count on tree moss as a navigational tool. For all you know, you could the going in the completely wrong direction – making your survival situation worse and threatening your life in the process.

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