Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

15 Life-Saving Survival Tips You May Need Someday.

A Proper Survival Kit Is Essential

Humans today have it really easy in our comfy world compared to the rest of the humans in history. In the past, if you wanted to live past 40 in the wilderness, you had to learn basic survival skills in order to survive the harsh elements and dangers around every corner. As much as we enjoy the modern conveniences we have, such as indoor bathrooms and cheap food, the fear of running out of gas or experiencing a power outage is very real for us. We've provided a list of survival tips from the pros, you know, in case you need to prepare for being thrown back into the dark ages.

A Proper Survival Kit Is Essential

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The well-known motto of the Boy Scouts is "Be Prepared." Good planning is the beginning of survival, like always making sure your nearby survival kit is well-stocked. If you're planning to take a hike, make sure you have a kit with you, but also make sure you leave one in your trunk for emergencies. Your kit should always be climate/season appropriate, and should always contain the following: first aid supplies, a flashlight, bottled water, a small blanket, matches, a multi-tool or knife, and toilet paper. That sounds like a lot of stuff, so maybe you'd rather have a smaller kit that you would carry with you at all times.

Pill Bottle Makes The Perfect Kit

Pill Bottle Makes The Perfect Kit

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A single match can ensure your survival if you need to make a fire for a signal or warmth. A pill bottle is perfect for storing a firestarter, plastic baggies, matches, needles, fish hooks, aluminum foil, razor blades, and string. It will also keep them nice and dry. They may not seem like a big deal, but these things are better than nothing when it comes to a life and death situation. It's important to know how to use these kits correctly because you don't want to waste any resources.

Fire Is Extremely Important

Fire Is Extremely Important

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Matches are extremely valuable and can be easily wasted by wind and cold. So that brings up the importance of plan B - being able to start a fire without a match or lighter. Collect some shredded dry material, like pine needles or small, dry sticks. "Feather" the wood by making lots of slices in it in order to free up the surface area. Damp wood can be used, as well! Use friction or get creative with it and use a small battery and a piece of wire between the terminals to create a spark. While you're getting that fire going, think about how you're going to alert others that you're in need of help.

If They Can't See You They Can't Find You

If They Can't See You They Can't Find You

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You can use the fire to signal others about your distress. If the area you're lost in is in the middle of nowhere, helicopters would be used to scan the area from above. The fire's smoke will escape any kind of forest cover. There are certain ways to signal, too. If you have any reflective material, such as aluminum foil, a mirror, or even a watch, you can use it to reflect the sun. You can also draw S.O.S. in a field or across the shore. Speaking of water...

Death Is Imminent Without Water

Death Is Imminent Without Water

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As humans, we can go a couple of weeks without food. After all, Gandhi went 21 days without it in protest. But you can only go without water for a few days. If you're in a survival situation, it's vital to find a water source immediately. Even if you have water, how long do you expect it to last? If there are no bodies of water around, dig into the ground to look for a seepage of groundwater. If you're able to, make sure you boil the water before you drink it, because there could be a microorganism in it that could further dehydrate you. Since you're messing around in the water, it's a good time to think about dinner.

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