Survival myths, a.k.a. urban (wilderness) legends are popular beliefs shared with friends that are usually very wrong. Let’s continue with myths 40-42
Plants Are a Good Source Of Food In a Survival Situation.
In the wild, we might struggle with hunger. We might find fewer rabbits than what we thought and our fishing skills might be worse than what we expected. During these hard times, we will probably think of plants as a good source of food. It worked for Jack in the Series “Lost”, so why would it not work for us? Well, we must actually be very careful with which plants to eat. While some of the plants found in the wild are edible, others could lead you to food poisoning and death in seconds. In any case, edible plants do not provide a lot of calories or nutrients, so risking your life with plants is a non-sense. Instead, try capturing mammals, fishes or insects. Those are much safer options. Unless you are a biologist or some other plant expert with enough knowledge to know what is edible and what is not, do not even try to eat plants.
Using Sticks To Make a Fire
When people are lost in the wild they might believe what they saw in the TV shows & Hollywood movies: making a fire by rubbing two sticks together is the best solution for overcoming every single problem. However this is hardly true since we should always remember this mathematical expression: shelter or water > food. Shelter should always be our biggest priority in extreme weather (hot or cold). Water is the next big priority and if you get it from the wild, you will need to boil it. That’s where the fire comes into play. Only problem? Making a fire by rubbing two sticks is super hard. You’re better off planning for emergencies and having a lighter, some matches or a flint with you all the time. To summarize, don’t lose your time rubbing sticks to make a fire: you probably won’t be able to make one.
You Should Stock Up On Matches.
Many people prefer to carry a bunch of matches with them to start a fire in the nature rather than just bringing a lighter. They tend to think that matches are more reliable since they do not depend on a complex mechanism like a lighter. The truth is that you should have more than one way to make a fire. Matches are good as a backup solution if your lighter is not working anymore. Also pack a flint as a backup for your matches. Don’t just rely on one tool to start a fire. Matches are good but a lighter is easier to use.
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