Survival myths, a.k.a. urban (wilderness) legends are popular beliefs shared with friends that are usually very wrong.
Let’s continue with myths 16-19
Myth 16: Praying Won’t Help You
It is very common for religious people to start paying when they end up in a really bad situation. In the worst situations, they will usually start paying once they’ve lost all hope. Their faith gives them hope and uplifts their spirits. On the other hand, non-religious people will normally think that it is a complete waste of time. But who is actually right?
Does paying actually help? The truth is, it can.
While from a neutral point of view we cannot say if paying really does send some divine help from above, research has shown that paying may actually help save your life. Studies have shown that people who still have hope and are optimistic about the future in any survival situation tend to make more responsible and Lee’s impulsive decisions and give up less easily than those who are just desperate and “hopeless”. Although prayer without works is dead, your survival depends on your mindset and in your will to live. If paying gives you the will to survive, then do it!
Myth 17: Wet Clothes Are Better Than No Clothes.
We just talked about this. Wet Clothes Are the easiest way to get hypothermia. They will suck your body heat in no time. You may have heard that “wet clothes are better than no clothes” before. Do you still think that’s true?
Just take your clothes off and dry them by the fire or another hearing source. If you don’t have any other clothes, do some physical exercises to stay warm.
In cold weather, remember to layer your clothing (use garments that are made of Wool, Vortex, Texas, and Polyporopylene).
Myth 18: Having A Roof Over Your Head Is A Synonym Of Shelter.
First off, there is nothing wrong with having a roof over your head. It protects you from the rain, snow and a bunch of other stuff. However, it’s not enough and you shouldn’t limit yourself to just a roof.
Indeed, even a roof, sleeping directly on a cold ground could still kill you by bringing your body temperature down. If it’s not currently raining, start by building a nice bed, either on the ground or in trees. You canthen build a roof if you have the materials.
Wind is also pretty dangerous and adding walls top your shelter or including side protection in your bed will save your life.
To summarize, a roof is not a synonym of shelter since you are not completely protected, especially from the cold ground. As usual with survival, it depends on your exact situation and you will need to evaluate if you need a bed, roof and walls.
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