Are you a survival expert? Good, I’m not either. I’m more of an outdoor enthusiast who likes to be prepared for the worst scenarios. I researched 99 of the most famous survival myths that a lot of people believe (wrongly) to be true.
The goal of reading this blog could be either to shine with your knowledge during the next dinner with your friends or just to, you know, survive when the shit hits the fan. Both ways, reading through this will probably shake your beliefs and teach you a few things.
A myth is defined officially as “a popular belief that is not true”. That’s what this blog is all about: demystifying wrong stuff that is actually dangerous.
But, please, don’t take everything said in this blog as true. That’s how myths are born. Always double-check everything you read, especially on the Internet. If you find anything wrong in this blog, please let me know by sending an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can fix it. I did my research though and I hope you won’t find misinformation here.
Section 1: General Myths
Food over water and shelter?
Do you know which one is the most important to survive? Maybe not, since the answer is not that easy.
If you think food is more important than water or shelter, you’re wrong. You might think that food is essential for humans, after all we eat at least 3 times a day. The truth is you can survive for a while without eating anything. However, how long will you last in the burning desert or the cold tundra? Those environments require a shelter and you will need to find one fast. In other more forgiving environments, you might not need a shelter at all. In that case, focusing on getting and stocking water is the most important.
You just need to remember this: depending on your location, the priority will be either shelter or water. Food will always come last.
Don’t forget the rule of 3!
- You can survive 3 minutes without air (before brain damage) –
- You can survive 3 hours without shelter in an hostile environment (desert, cold area, …) –
- You can survive 3 days without water –
- You can survive 3 weeks without food Obviously, you won’t feel awesome after 3 days without water or 3 weeks without food but you will still be alive.
Without survival skills, you are lost in the wilderness.
People often believe that survival experts will always survive and everyone else will die. They think that if you don’t have any survival knowledge, you have 100% chance of dying. That’s not true.
Trained people often have unrealistic expectations about their skills that might kill them. Rookies however would be very careful and only deal with things they know. That doesn’t mean they will survive for sure, just that they also have a chance. Knowledge and gear will always increase one’s chances of survival but not as drastically as people would think.
Watching reality shows about survival will give you the necessary skills to survive in the wilderness.
We all know reality shows such as “Survivor”, in which a group of people has to survive for a certain period in the wild, or the infamous “Man vs. Wild”, the TV show presented by Bear Grylls. In this show, Grylls is stranded in a remote location in the wild and must find a way out while surviving by eating all kinds of weird stuff and finding shelter in the most inhospitable places.
While these shows are really interesting and we can learn a lot from them, they should not be taken seriously or as a proved way to survive. In fact, Grylls’ show got several harsh critics in the past claiming that all the extreme and crazy situations he was going through were just staged to appear impressive to the public. According to these critics, Grylls was far from being in danger and he always knew before hand what sort of trap he would have to face next.
Some people have taken those TV shows a little too far. David Austin, 29, from Derby parted on a long survival journey of one year. He was inspired by Grylls’ show and he based his survival training on the knowledge he acquired from it. Unluckily, Austin was found dead from hypothermia weeks after his departure.
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