The Most Detrimental Errors Made in Survival Conditions

Errors are unavoidable; our daily choices expose us to potentially hazardous circumstances. When faced with challenging circumstances, the immediate response is brainstorming a solution. The challenge lies in determining if the decisions made are correct. And unfortunately, we only know if they are once it’s too late. But there are things we can do, especially in survival situations, to take away some of those risks. This is why we’re about to tell you the worst errors you can make in a survival situation. 

1. Never Undervalue the Possible Dangers

When hiking on a familiar trail, we may feel confident that nothing will go wrong. But unforeseen events like tripping and breaking a limb or getting lost in rainy weather can quickly turn a harmless hike into a life-threatening situation. We tend to overestimate our abilities and feel too safe in familiar surroundings, but it’s important to consider all potential outcomes and plan accordingly. For example, suppose you’re hiking in bear territory. In that case, it’s wise to expect potential bear encounters and take preventive measures like carrying bear spray and using your senses to detect their presence.

2. Stay Away From Contaminated Water

Water is an essential resource that sustains life. In times of thirst, many people drink any water they can find, but this may not always be safe. Drinking contaminated water can put you at risk of a waterborne illness. This seemingly helpful survival technique can actually harm you, potentially putting your health or life at risk. When faced with an emergency, it’s important to know how to purify water. Even if snow or rain appears clean, it’s necessary to treat it to remove any hidden impurities. One simple method is to boil snow or fresh water in a small saucepan using matches. 

3. Be Aware of When You’ve Lost Your Way

When you’re lost and alone, it can be challenging to acknowledge the situation. This is especially dangerous when you’re in the wilderness. Some individuals choose to keep moving with the hope of finding their way, but this is not always safe. Continuing to move may take you further from safety and away from search teams looking for you, making it more difficult for them to find you. The most effective approach is to stop when you realize you are lost, set up camp, and signal for help in an open area where rescuers can easily see you. This increases the chances of being rescued.

 4. Be Wary of Snake Bites

 If bitten by a snake, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention from a specialist, as the venom can be deadly. In moments of panic and confusion, some may attempt to extract the venom themselves, but this is not recommended as it can increase the speed of venom in the bloodstream and lead to a quicker death. Instead, it is call an ambulance and stay calm, avoiding any movement that could accelerate the spread of the venom. If the bite occurred on a limb such as a leg, arm, or foot, a pressure immobilization bandage can be applied to slow the spread of venom through the lymphatic system.

5. Set Up Camp As Early As Possible

Establish a campsite promptly. One error is not allocating adequate time to return to your destination or establish a campsite before dusk. If you’re clumsily trying to set up camp in the dark, you’re exposing yourself to unnecessary hazards. In the dark, you may unintentionally pitch your tent near a bear’s lair or on the brink of a cliff without realizing it. Around noon, start searching for a location to set up camp on a level surface, sheltered from the wind, and with a sufficient supply of fuel and water close by. Build your temporary shelter first, then use the remaining time to gather enough firewood to keep you warm throughout the night.

 

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