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17 Survival Myths

Do you feel confident that you can survive any scenario? Perhaps you enjoy reality shows that feature the daring and resourceful actions of Bear Grylls, Ken Rhee, Skullcrusher Snyder, Kellie Nightlinger. These characters often use skills and survival hacks to make it through the impossible. As convincing and confident as famous survivalists are, myths linger and are often perpetuated by Hollywood films, social media posts, and even survival celebrities.


Below are 17 survival myths that need consideration:


GPS is Failsafe

It is amazing how quickly some of the stars save someone just in the nick of time with a satellite connection. However, GPS is not as reliable as it appears in the movies. It can lead you on a frustrating, never-ending path. All technology can fail, but it is good to take it along just in case. You would do well to always bring a map and a compass also and a backup battery if the GPS loses its connection.


You Don’t Always Need Survival Gear


You might think that you don’t need your gear if you are going on a short day hike or driving ten miles down the road. However, bad things can and do happy very fast without warning. It is best to have your gear with you even if you don’t use it every time. You never know when an emergency will happen.



You will be Rescued in a Timely Manner


Movies and television shows only last a few minutes, so they usually have to rescue the victim in a short amount of time. Realistically, just because you have a phone, radio, beacon, etc., does not mean you someone will rescue you expeditiously. If you have reception, you will be transferred to emergency personnel to assess your priority status. If they decide to send out a helicopter, there are specific locations they cannot land. That means rescue personnel will have to hike to you on foot or other transportation, which may take a very long time.


You Can Eat Raw Meat

You can, but you do risk getting sick. Most raw fish and animal meat have pathogens and bacteria that are harmful to humans. The primary reason for cooking meat is to kill any nasty bits hiding in the meat. You might wonder why raw fish is used in sushi. A few fish species are used when preparing sushi because the bacteria in them can’t easily live in the human body. It is better to cook any meat to be sure it is safe.


You Can Drink Water from the Same Source as Animals


Actually, in no way is a water source safe to drink because you saw an animal drinking from it. Remember the steps to safe drinking water are:

  1. collect it

  2. filter it

  3. boil it

  4. purify it


A Hypothermia Victim Needs to be rubbed or given a Hot Shower


Rubbing frostbitten skin can damage it even more. Also, treating hypothermia with hot water can induce a heart attack and will most assuredly cause them to go into shock. Their body needs to be warmed up slowly. Warm blankets can be wrapped around them, or place warm water bottles under their armpits.


Suck on a Button


Some think that if you suck a button or rock, it will induce an individual to salivate, and then they can swallow, providing much-needed water. In reality, it only puts the patient at risk of swallowing and possibly choking on the button. Find another more logical and safe way to obtain water.


Play Dead with a Bear

If the bear is acting out defensively, there will be moments where the bear stops going for you and will even retreat a bit. In this case, make yourself look larger than you are, make sounds, slowly back away, and avoid eye contact. Generally speaking, it all depend