Common Survival Myths that Can Get You Killed

Have you ever had a friend encourage you to have a drink to help warm you up?

What would you do if you were bitten by a poisonous snake?

What’s the most important thing to do when building a shelter if you find yourself stranded outdoors for a night?

Most people, even those trained in self-reliance, believe certain myths that could actually put you in greater danger when facing a survival scenario.

For example, if you’re bitten by a poisonous snake, using a snake bite kit is not your best option. And you don’t want to ask your hiking companion to suck out the poison either. The right call is to clean the bite and bandage it. And then to get medical attention as soon as you can. (Interesting fact—a snake can still bite for several hours after it’s dead, so don’t assume a dead snake by the side of the trail is harmless.)

Click through to watch a video on twenty-five common survival myths that could put you in more danger and even get you killed. You’ll learn about how important it really is to find food if you get lost in the woods, how effective boiling is at making water safe to drink, and what the most important part of any shelter is. The answers may not be what you think!