Survival myths, a.k.a. urban (wilderness) legends are populate beliefs shared with friends that are usually very wrong.
Let’s continue with myths 7-9
Take off your boots before crossing a stream or lake, so they don’t pull you down.
While hiking, you might have to cross some rivers. This advice from your childhood might pop in your head: take off your boots since they could pull you down. However this is not true and taking off your boots could be in fact, dangerous. The truth is you are not going to drown in a river or a stream if you cross it with your boots. What could actually happen is that you get yourself severely injured by crossing the lake or river barefoot. Rocks might cut you, or you could even fall down if the surface is too slippery. The only reason to take off your boots before crossing a river would be to prevent them from getting wet. To avoid this while still crossing safely, you should have another pair of shoes; even just flip flops to protect your feet. If you really have to cross barefoot, be extra cautious since a foot injury can mean the end of your journey.
The best way to dry out wet clothes is to wear them while sitting by the fire.
Being wet in the nature can be dangerous in bad conditions. Hypothermia happens when the temperature of the body goes too low – exactly what could happen when you’re wearing wet clothes. You could also get less serious medical problems like a cold that could ruin a nice trip outdoor. Your first thought here might be to sit by the fire to dry your clothes while staying warm. Not a smart move. Wet clothes would literally suck up your body heat, which could get you into hypothermia in no time. The right procedure here is to take off all of your wet clothes and place them by the fire to let them dry out. If you have some dry clothes, just wear them in the meantime. If you have to stay naked, do some calisthenic exercises to keep your body warm. Push-ups and squats are great options for this.
Everyone will be willing to take you in, give you a bowl of soup and tuck you into bed.
Lost adventurers with torn clothes, exhausted and lost, suddenly arrive in a town where everyone reaches out to help them. They take them to a safe house, cook for them, clean their clothes and make them feel better than at a five star hotel. How many times have you seen it on the TV? Maybe a few. However if you think about it deeply, you will realize that this is unlikely to happen. Would you help people with homeless looks who are probably armed and who have blood or injures on their bodies? Probably not. This is because we as humans tend to distrust everyone who does not look normal. Lost adventurers for sure do not look normal. If you are wise, when going for adventures, be prepared to survive on your own and do no take for granted anyone’s help. Carry food supplies, water, extra clothes and everything you could need in case of emergency.
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