Let’s face it, most modern people aren’t equipped for survival.
Sure, there are the few hardcore survivalists here and there, but for the most proportion, the rest of the population wouldn’t know how to survive an apocalypse if it made them in the face.
There are a few tips, however, that everyone should know. Here are the most pertinent ones.
1. Cotton kills
At least, that’s according to Reddit user EllaMorris, who warns that” other materials will still keep you warm if they get wet( especially wool or synthetic fleece ), but cotton will only give you hypothermia .”
Good to know, specially when our long-awaited camping trip-up in the middle of nowhere comes up. No cotton for us- at least as long as we’re away from civilization.
2. Polyester is better
When it comes to survival, that is. Reddit user Dufaso6 9 explains that” polyester is one of the best survival substances [,] at least for a lower layer. It wicks out your sweat, maintaining you dry and is also thin so you don’t get super T H I C C from all your layers .”
More to the point, bigwillyb1 23 adds,” one tight poly layer, one loose woolen layer, and one heavy coat will get you through most cold weather situations .”
Good to know.
3. Plastic water and foliage= water
Art3sianexplains,” a plastic container tied around pretty much any foliage and left for a while will produce drinkable water .”
Don’t understand how? Let’s go back to basic high school biology. This process is called transpiration, and basically, it’s vapor of sea from flower leaves.
Don’t do this with poison leaves, though.
4. Constructing a quick shelter
Reddit userairwalkerdnbmusic, who perhaps was a boy scout in a former life explains the relevant procedures, which is surprisingly cut and dry.
* Get it? Cut and-
Meh, never mind.
You can build a shelter in a forest in less than an hour. Look for large, freshly fallen branches. You require three, a long one about 2 meters in duration and two shorter ones, the same duration, about a meter or so.
Take the two shorter ones first. Drive them into the soft globe so they form an “X” shape, with one overlapping the other. Now, find some long, thin sapling branches. Make sure they are fresh and not fallen as they will have begun to rotting and you need them still flexible. Use it as a rope, strip the foliages from it, and tie the X frame at the top where the two logs join, as tight as you can. Repeat this until you are sure it’s solid.
Now take your long limb and lay it lengthways on top of the X frame, essentially making a triangular shelter.
This is known as the “A” frame and its very simple to attain. To finish, grab as many limbs and lean it against the structure either side to make a sloping roof. This keeps the rainwater off and will protect you from high winds and cold.
Once your inside, cover yourself with leaf litter, taking care to remove any bugs and get some closed eye.
As a last resort, it’s a great shelter and will retain you warm even during the depths of winter.
5. Natural insulation
Redditer Zenonira has something to add to the shelter dialogue. She tells,
One of the biggest sappers of heat will be the ground. If you wish to sleep in a shelter, you MUST insulate against the ground if you wish to survive. Several layers of leaves, with plenty of air in between, will significantly slow the energy loss to the ground.
Good to know, specially considering what user iSkateiPod had to add 😛 TAGEND
The ground is by far the coldest thing I’ve ever slept on in my entire life. During an FTX I decided it would be a good mind to only sleep on the ground and keep my ruck packed since we wouldn’t be getting much sleep. The temperature fell about 20 degrees and I woke up shivering on my knees and elbows frozen as all hell.
6. How to ride out a riptide
Soulreaverdan explains this lifesaving notion 😛 TAGEND
If you’re caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore, or at least on a diagonal towards it, rather than trying to swim directly against the rip current. If you get tired, let your torso remainder and ride the current out, eventually it will dissipate and you’ll be able to swim back towards coast. Opposing against it is going to tire you out fast and you’re far more likely to submerge. Swimming parallel/ diagonal to shore( rather than immediately towards shore against the present) will keep you within sight, as well as eventually get you out of the current’s pull.
If you don’t understand based on the explanation, wikihow has published a very useful diagram. You can find it here.
7. Practical advice
Stateofyousays,” continue a blanket and sea in the car .”
Because you might needed here one day- simple as that.
Saxon-Landshark adds” preferably demineralized water so it can be used in the radiator too. Never when the radiator is still hot though .”
8. Fowls and water
MONSTER-LOAD tells,” birds fly toward fresh water in the morning .” Handy if you’re lost in the woods.
User Jason Blanche goes one further. He mentions,
To expand on this-
Grain eaters, such as finches and pigeons, are never far from water. They booze at dawning and dusk. When they wing straight-out and low they are heading for sea. When returning from sea they are loaded with it and fly from tree to tree, resting frequently. Plot their direction and water can be found.
Wouldn’t do to follow a bird full of water in the wrong direction.
Source- SAS Survival Handbook
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