18 practical survival tips

I always think of worst-case scenarios. Maybe that’s just me being pragmatic, or perhaps it’s a dark and sinister streak in me; either way, you never know when you’ll need these tips. Compiled them from this awesome site.

Personal mantra: Hope for the best,prepare for the worst.



1.The real key to wilderness survival is staying healthy.

2.You can make waterproof matches by covering the head of the match with fingernail polish.

3.If lost, follow a river downstream. Most people live near water, so you should eventually run into civilization.

4.Wheat seeds from the head of wheat grass/spikes can be eaten and are nutritional.

5.Bring a survival knife with you anytime you plan on going out into the wild, no matter how long.

6.Grasshoppers can be found in tall grass areas and are excellent sources of survival food. High in protein and fat.

7.Do NOT eat snow or ice without melting first! Eating snow and ice reduces body temperature and leads to further dehydration.

8.Most predators are fearful of fire. A roaring campfire throughout the night should be enough to keep them away.

9.Moss generally grows on the north side of a tree in the northern hemisphere.

10.Never leave your car in a survival situation if you dont have to. It is the biggest target for rescuers to find.

11.Measuring the width of your hand from the horizon to the bottom of the sun is a rough guide for how much daylight is left. 1 hand width is ~1 hour.  [awesome, huh?!]

12.Make sure any spear you make is taller than you. If you fall you won’t accidentally impale yourself.

13.You can go weeks without food, days without water, but without adequate shelter, maybe a night.

14.A red sky at dawn means a storm is coming. A violet sky at dawn means it should be a nice day.

15.When trying to signal rescuers, always try to put out three signals as that is an international distress sign.

16.In cold weather put whatever you have under you before sleeping. Sleeping directly on the ground will cause you to lose a lot of body heat.

17.In a genuine survival situation; suppress your fears, don’t panic and make a plan. A plan will keep you focused.

18.The #1 best way to survival is to leave an itinerary with friends or loved ones AND one in your car. You don’t show, they call it in.



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