We know you already heard and perhaps listen to survival rules from the experts when you’re outdoors. Adding some important survival knowledge is not something that you’ll lose in the process but instead, it is your gain. In this post, we will give you the unwritten rules that will help you survive. When life and death situation happens you need to know the proper knowledge, set of skills and movement.
Your Rule of 3 Survival in the Outdoors
This rule of 3 will help you to increase your survival rate outdoors. This is based on our own human body capacity and needs. It talks about how long our human body can withstand the lack of air, shelter, and food. The survival rule of 3’s is four separate rules that discuss the basics of survival based on the 3 needs of air, shelter, and food. The importance of knowing these is that you’re able to maneuver and survive the ordeals.
Bear in mind the following:
Up to 3 minutes without breathable air or in icy water or having severe bleeding.
Up to 3 hours in harsh weather without shelter.
Up to 3 days without drinking water.
Up to 3 weeks without food intake.
While there are some differences that depend on your situations, they greatly serve as a reminder about how long you can survive under each situation. The rules are designed to focus your attention on the most urgent and important concern and solve it before you move on to something else.
You can learn from this best-case scenario which is meant as a practical rule of thumb that established a foundation you can then build on when faced with this survival ordeals outdoors. If you are out of icy water and find yourself breathing clearly, or you are not bleeding nor severely injured, you have three hours to get out of the harsh environment and find shelter. If you can find or construct one, that shelter, then you have 3 days to worry about water. If you can get even a bit of water through moist and rainfall, you have a full 3 weeks to search for food before you’re out.
How to deal with air concerns?
When you’re outdoors the chance of being stung by a bee is a probability especially if you’re hiking. The reaction of your body once a bee stung you is a swelling. It’s recommended to bring some Benadryl with you to help ease your swelling until your body heals. High altitude is another concern when you’re getting higher altitude you’ll expect some difficulty in your breathing. Because your body is adjusting on the altitude it’s recommended to take your steps slowly and slowly breathe in and out so help your body adjust.
You can consult your Physician before going into a high altitude mountain trekking and do some medical checkups to be sure you are able to do such outdoor activities. There are some cases where due to sudden changes in altitude some people experienced difficulty in breathing which leads to cardiac arrests and to their untimely deaths.
How to deal with shelter concerns?
The main purpose of having a shelter outdoors is to be able to regulate your body temperature and protect you from the harsh environment. It is best that you learn the many ways of constructing a shelter outdoors like bushcraft so that you can maneuver well based on your situation. Lighting a fire is another thing that is useful so that you can maintain your body temperature. Bring a set of clothes in which you can change yourself. You can be in the desert with the scorching sun or in an icy environment dizzy with the cold. As a prepper bring also your cutting tools in your journey and expect the unexpected.
How to deal with water concerns?
You should spot local sources of water and be able to get there. Bring with you a filtration straw or purifying tablet in case you are in doubt about the safety of the water. If you cannot find any good source even contaminated water will refresh and rehydrate you, you can drink from it and deal with the issues later on rather than be dehydrated and die. The best way is to bring your water in your journey.
How to deal with food concerns?
It’s best before traveling that you will do some assignment in researching local foods and edible wild plants that you can eat. Bring also some calorie-rich bars of chocolates to keep your energy. As a general, rule does not eat anything that you’re unsure if it is safe for human consumption.
Knowledge is power
Knowledge may not be a guarantee for your survival outdoors but it will increase your chances of surviving once you’re in a challenging situation.
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