Survival myths, a.k.a. urban (wilderness) legends are popular beliefs shared with friends that are usually very wrong. Let’s continue with myths 49-51
Myth 49: You should follow a river if lost.
We have seen it in movies a thousand times. The beloved protagonist, lost in the wild, finds civilization by following a river. This might sound logical at first, but think about it. How far is civilization? How many days will you need to walk before reaching people? Is it really worth it? Maybe not. Stationary survival is way easier. To sum it up, do not follow a river. Stay in one place, look for shelter, water and food and wait for help to arrive.
Myth 50: Wait a day or more to see if help arrives before starting anything.
We already saw that staying in the same place is the safest way to survive. So, why wait one day before starting anything? Build yourself a shelter, find water and try to get some food without waiting. Then you can wait for help to come in your comfy survival shelter.
Myth 51: Travel swiftly to get out of the survival situation as quickly as possible.
Getting lost in the wild has something common with entering prison: you only think of getting out as soon as possible and at all cost. You do not want to wait, you want to escape now and there is no time to waste. In survival situations at least, this is definitely not the right way to do things and it could be very dangerous or even fatal. If you are in a survival situation and you start travelling swiftly, chances are huge that you are going to either get lost for not paying attention to where you’re going or to get injured along the way. This is not what you want as it will only make things worse and harder for you. The best way to survive the longest is always to stay at the same place and wait for help. If you can’t and you want to walk to safety, what you should do is to travel very carefully, paying attention to every step you take.
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