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Any big game hunter and sportsman needs to know how to survive the outdoors. For you never know when you’ll get lost; have an accident, or an act of nature has you trapped. Of course, the greatest survival man of all is Bear Grylls. If you don’t know who he is, he’s the Aussie who drinks his own pee on his own survival show. So if you want to master the outdoors – which includes drinking your own pee – then check out Bear’s top 10 tips.
Know What’s Edible
There’s a list of things you can eat in nature that you can, and should, Google before you head outdoors. For example, every jungle in the world contains palm nuts, which is full of calories and carbs that’ll help you survive. But there’s an even longer list of what you can’t eat. Things that’ll make you sick or kill you if you do. So brush up on what’s edible in the bush.
Start A Fire With First Aid
If you’re stuck in the woods you’re going to need to send a signal that you need help. That’s why Bear suggests using the materials in your first aid kit so send a smoke signal fire. Just get a small fire going, then combine some bandages, Vaseline, and mosquito repellent (which is highly flammable) and toss it in the fire. The fire will start raging, which at this point, you’ll want to dump some leaves on it. The amount of smoke this creates will surely get you noticed.
Drink Your Own Urine
Most people can survive 3-5 days without water. And should you just so happen to be reaching day 5 without any, while stranded in the woods, you’ll actually have to turn to your own urine for hydration. But remember, only if it’s relatively clear and light-yellow in color. If it’s brown and thick – it’s just waste and will only make you sicker.
Pee On A T-Shirt
Now don’t go drinking all that pee, cause you’ll want to save some for a T-shirt. See, in extreme heat, you can be hours away from shade and seconds away from dehydration. So peeing on a T-shirt and wrapping it on your head essentially keeps you cool.
Keep Your Composure
The last thing you want to do when your lost is panic. Panicking causes your heart rate to skyrocket, which leads to disorientation and confusion, and ultimately – bad decisions. The most important thing you can do is to stay calm.
Backpack Liner To Cross Rivers
Sometimes when you’re lost you’ll come across a river that needs crossing. Well just jumping in for swim is not the brightest idea as you’ll already be low on energy and – because the waters can be big and raging – you can possibly drown. So Bear suggests filling up your backpack liner with as much air as possible, using it as a floatation device to help you get across.
Eat Some Eyes
So you’re stuck with no food and you see an animal. Eat its eyes instead of frying it up. Why? Because pound for pound, eyeballs have more protein than a steak. Sure, it’ll be gross – but you’ll need to man-up if you’re going to survive.
Dead Seal Wetsuit
Ok, so you need to cross a river, but this time, it’s freezing instead. While I know they’re not always on hand, Bear says if you can kill a seal, use its skin as a wetsuit. Hey, if it keeps them insulated, then guess what … it’ll do the same for you.
Armpit Your Mobile
Your phone can absolutely save your life when you’re trapped or lost. But as well all know, our phones can lose battery life just by walking to the corner store. And guess what – in extremely cold temperatures – they lose charge even quicker. So instead of keeping your phone in your pocket, store it under your arm in your armpit to keep it warm and full of juice.
Tell Someone Where You’re Going
This one’s so painfully obvious it should go without saying – but we’ll say it anyway. Tell someone where you’re going. At least this way, if you do get lost, you stand a much higher chance of surviving as at least someone knows where to look.