Top 10 Facts That Could Save Your Life
Whenever you're going into the wild, it's always good to know how to protect yourself in an emergency.
Bright Side invites you to try some unusual ways to use ordinary things that may help you survive in the wilderness. Also, go to the end of the article if you don't want to make one fatal mistake.
- Protect from insects, ticks, and leeches
To avoid bites from insects, ticks, and even leeches, take 2 pairs of pantyhose with you. Wear one as usual. Cut the other at the feet, cut out a hole for your head in the middle, and put it on your top. Here is more pantyhose advice.
9. Garbage bags
- Rain cover
Of course, you'll take some garbage bags with you to protect the environment. But did you know such a bag can easily transform into a raincoat and a waterproof cover for your belongings?
- Frost protection
Wrap yourself with bags, and put on as many clothes as you can on top. This will save you from frost for longer.
8. Baking soda
- Fire extinguisher
Baking soda is in the contents of fire-extinguishing substances, which means it can beat a small forest fire.
A solution of 1 tbsp of baking soda per 1 L of water helps kill dangerous bacteria. You can disinfect fruit or vegetables with it.
- Burn salve
If you have a minor burn, apple cider vinegar will come to your rescue. Dip the burned area into a vinegar and water solution to relieve pain and speed up regeneration.
- Masks your smell (against wild animals)
Vinegar is a deodorant, which means you can conceal your smell for protection against wild animals.
6. Duct tape
- Remove splinters
If the splinter isn't entirely under your skin, you can take it out with a strip of duct tape you'll probably have with you anyway. Attach the tape to the place where the splinter's sitting, press, and then pull in the direction of the splinter.
- Stop bleeding
If you've run out of Band-Aids, duct tape is a nice replacement.
- Find your way
When the Sun is up, you can use a watch as a compass. If you're in the northern hemisphere, put it on a flat surface or at least on your palm. The hour hand should point to the Sun. Divide the angle between the hour hand and number 12 by half. The middle of the angle will be south, and north is its opposite. Here's a more detailed explanation.
- Save a drowning person
A sock filled with dry twigs can be used as a rescue line to throw to a drowning person. The twigs stay afloat, and the person can hold on to the sock.
- Water filtration
This water-cleansing technique is far from perfect, but you have fewer choices in extreme conditions. Cut a bottle in half, and turn it over. Dissect a tampon, and place it into the bottleneck. Make a hole in the cap, through which the filtered water will drip.
- Make a fire
Any tampon is basically a piece of cotton wool, which burns nicely. Just tear a tampon apart, and use it to get a fire burning.
2. Potato chips
- Start a fire
Another way to make a fire is to use some potato chips. These snacks catch fire very well and burn for a long time thanks to the oil added to them.
1. Chewing gum
- Preserve your provisions
Chewing gum helps suppress light hunger, which will save your limited provisions from excess consumption.
Bonus: What to do if you are stabbed with a knife
Things happen, and getting accidentally stabbed with a knife or another sharp object isn't such a rare occasion in the wild and even at home. If you've been unlucky enough to have been stabbed, remember that you should not pull the knife out, especially if it got you in the chest, abdomen, or thigh. By pulling it out, you can open a vein or artery that the knife blocked while it was inside your body, and you may bleed to death. Better seek medical attention right away, without touching the weapon.