Odd But Necessary Survival Facts To Save Your Life: Part Two

  • These life-saving facts really are worth knowing.

If you haven’t read Odd But Necessary Survival Facts To Save Your Life: Part One, it’s got a lot of great facts. Here’s some more.

If you’re on a really tall cliff over water..

Don’t jump. Jumping from a tall height into water below can actually be deadly. Media shows otherwise but water does not in any way cushion your fall from being deadly. A dive or fall from greater than 25 feet are very dangerous and could cause severe harm or even death.

If you have a whistle..

Whistles can save you when it comes to survival. Having a whistle while in nature could save your life. They take less energy than screaming, can cut through forests and be heard from far distances. If you’re going on an adventure, putting one in your pack wouldn’t be a bad idea.

If you get caught in a rip current..

Drowning and rip currents are pretty synonymous. They can be very scary but the best thing to do is immediately try to get the attention of someone on shore, and swim parallel and with the rip current while trying to escape. Gosh, I sure hope this never happens to you.

If you almost drowned but you didn’t..

Thank God you’re still alive. Also, you should go to the hospital anyhow. Getting resuscitated from a close drowning could leave lung damage. It’s a real concern and you should be checked out, as you’re at a risk for lung collapse.

Don’t eat the snow..

You know the old saying about the yellow snow? We know we shouldn’t eat it because well, pee. But eating snow in a survival situation can be deadly. Keeping warm in freezing climates is number one for survival and eating snow or icicles can cause a too-quick drop in your body temperature, which could lead to hypothermia.

If you get stung by a jellyfish..

Don’t pee on it. We have all heard that a jellyfish sting plus pee is better but that’s not so. You could get an infection from the pee so it’s better to not do that. Instead, get a first aid kit and some professional attention as fast as you can.

If you need to find water..

Don’t follow the birds, even if you’ve heard that before. Some species of geese fly toward bodies of water at the end of the day, but this is not true for all birds. You cannot predict where they will fly and they could lead you on a literal goose chase if you follow them. So as one of the necessary survival  facts, don’t.

If you have duct tape..

You really have a great survival tool on your hands. Duct tape has so many functions in the wild. It can be used as sling, bandage, can-opener, rip-fixer, and clothing patcher. I mean we shouldn’t be surprised, look at all the things we can do with duct tape in normal life!

If your night vision is bad..

Try closing one eye when a bright light is approaching. Military patrols use this trick to keep their eyes sharp even in the middle of the night. They call it the readjustment trick. So, you close one eye when a bright light comes into view, then open the closed eye while shutting the one that was open. Your eyes will adjust to the lighting change and you will see a bit better.

If you come into contact with a hippo..

Please know that the hippo is the most dangerous of animals to meet up with in the wild. All large animals should understandably be avoided but if anything to avoid, always try to avoid a hippo. They are gigantic in size and just as territorial. Between hippos bulk, their tusks and their charging speed, this massive animal can be incredibly dangerous. Stay away.

If you need to leave a trail..

Think about using burnt sticks or charcoal. Leaving a trail like this can also help you retrace your steps if need be or help others to find you if they stumble upon it. And who could have thought that used firewood could save your life.

These necessary survival facts could be the difference between life and death. I sincerely hope you never find yourself in any of these situations however, if you do, I hope one of these tips can help you! Stay safe out there.