survival myths that could actually hurt you

There are many rules out there explaining how to behave in emergency situations. But are all of them really that effective?

We at Little Things have found out that some of those survival tips are actually myths that are not only useless but also potentially dangerous.

What to do if you get lost in the forest

You might have heard that the first thing you have to do if you get lost in the wilderness is to find some food. This is not entirely true. A healthy person can live without food for quite a long time: up to 6 weeks. But finding a source of water and building a shelter where you can hide from extreme weather are your first priorities.


How to find water in the desert

There is only one type of barrel cactus out there that contains drinkable water. You can also get moisture from the opuntia. But most of the time, cacti are poisonous. Drinking the fluid inside them will make you sick, causing you to vomit up precious liquid and leaving you more dehydrated.

How to survive a bear attack

Bears don’t want to attack, much less eat you. So in most cases you just need to back away slowly, keeping a close eye on the bear. Keep your distance. This will show the bear that you don’t have any pretensions of its territory.


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