With all the movies and TV shows out there about survival, you might think you’re prepared to survive out in the wild without trouble. However, there are many things that are not nearly as easy as they appear on the big screen.
Here are just a few of the myths we are going to bust about survival.
Food is not your top priority
Most of the shows and movies show food as the main priority throughout their experience. However, you can actually survive for 3 days without food. Things like finding a shelter, making a fire, and a water source are much more important to your survival.
Fire is not easily caused by friction
How many movies, shows and even cartoons have you seen start a fire by simply rubbing some sticks together? Though this is possible, it is not nearly as easy as they make it out to be. Whether rubbing sticks together will work depends on various circumstances including moisture levels, type of sticks or materials used, and so on.
Water does not need to boil for 10 minutes
Don’t get me wrong, you do need to boil the water in order to ensure it is safe to drink. However, the moment the water starts to boil is the exact moment that any bacteria that could have been in the water is killed. No need to wait any longer.
Running water is not necessarily safe to drink
Some have suggested that running water is safer to drink than sitting water. Whether the water is moving or not really doesn’t affect the safeness of the water enough to work in your favor. For example, what if the running water came from a swamp? In order to be on the safe side, you should always boil your water first.
Salt water is not safe to drink in small amounts
In a few shows and movies, they suggest that salt water is okay in small doses. However, this is completely untrue. Any amount of salt water is extremely bad for you and will dehydrate you immediately. However, you can make salt water safe to drink by boiling it beforehand.
A roof over your head is not the most important part of your shelter
When you think about shelter, you think about finding a roof over your head. Believe it or not, the roof is not the most important part of your shelter. It is more important to find a way to protect yourself from the ground which can easily become extremely cold.
Not all cactus have water inside
Many shows have someone breaking open a cactus for water, however most cactus do not have any water inside them. In fact, some cactus juice can make you very sick so it is probably better to avoid cactuses all together.