20 Survival Tips That Will Help You To Live In Life-or-Death Situations


You are crying for help but, all you hear back is your own echo. You look around and there is nothing except oblivion. You are cold, hungry, and alone in life’s scariest perils. It’s getting dark and scary. Abruptly you hear a voice, someone calling you. You wake up. Oh! Thank God, it was just a nightmare!

We hope that you will never see such Life-or-Death situation but if one day you have to walk through a hot desert or get stuck in a freely falling elevator or anything much worse like face a shark, it’s important to know what to do in these situations.

Listed here are 20 survival tips that will prepare you literally for anything. So buckle up peeps and scroll on!

  1. 1 If you get lost in a desert

    What you really should do: Wait for night and leave the desert. Dig the hot hole, wait for the person to come and Save you.

    Why: At night, the desert temperature drops from 40 degrees Celsius to about 16 degrees Celsius. Therefore, when moving in the evening, you will minimize the possibility of dehydration due to heatstroke and cumulate about 2 liters of clear water.

  2. 2 If you fall through the ice

    What you really should do: Get horizontal and grab onto the edge of the ice where the ice is stronger. Pull yourself out of the water, distributing your weight evenly.

    Why: Attention should be made to be uniform, avoid melting the ice in the surrounding areas. If you will not spread the weight evenly you might break the ice and get lost in the cold freezing water.

  3. 3 If an elevator is falling freely

    What you really should do: Lie down on the floor so that the force of impact will be distributed across your entire body.

    Why:  Elevator falling under the influence of gravity will be very terrible. Therefore, it is useless to straighten up or jump up, breaking your arms, legs, neck can happen completely.

  4. 4 If a bull is attacking you


    What you really should do: If a bull is running towards you, don't move. When it's close, throw a hat or another piece of clothing or maybe a rock nearby you aside. The animal will attack it and you had your chance to escape the situation.

    Why: Bulls react to movements.

  5. 5 If a shark is approaching you

    What you really should do: Don't turn your back and run. Try to ignore them and move slowly. If they come closer to you try to hit eyes and gills with power.

    Why: If you turn your back and try to run you will look like prey. Eyes and gills are a sensitive part of sharks. So, If you hit them in gills and eyes they will try to run away from you. 

  6. 6 If you get buried under rubble

    What you really should do: Try to remain calm. Take off your shirt or some soft stuff to cover your head which will help you to protect from suffocation, dirt, and ruins falling on your head. Save your energy to shout loudly when someone comes near to you.

    Why: Suffocation can cause death and no one will know you are there. It will also protect you from head injuries during rescuing you or others.

  7. 7 If a tornado is approaching you

    What you really should do: Find a deep hole or a ditch and lie down, covering your head with your hands and clothes.

    Why: Tornadoes will seep things near, around and on the ground. So, if you try to hide your self in a car, house or some building you can be get killed by the tornado. 

  8. 8 If bees are attacking you

    What you really should do:  Bees are swarms, fly and determine the direction quickly and accurately. The best way is to find a lake, water bowl or deep pool and jump down.

    Why: Bees cannot look good in the water. The lack of light in the environment makes them confused and you will escape.

  9. 9 How to survive Hypothermia

    What you really should do: If you’re going hiking, take clothes made of polyester, nylon, or wool.

    Why: If you want to stay alive, don’t wear cotton clothes, no matter what the season is. Cotton absorbs 27 times its weight in water. It also takes a very long time to dry, and wet clothes lose heat 25 times faster than dry clothes. Getting caught in the rain or sweating will be enough to freeze.

  10. 10 How to survive in wild animals, thirst, hunger, hypothermia

    What you really should do: Don’t toss your phone under the influence of emotions. To conserve the battery, turn it off every half an hour.


    Why: Suppose you got lost and didn’t have enough signal to make a call. A movie character will toss the phone away dramatically — and will be very wrong to do so. Your phone is not useless: even if you can’t call, it still pings nearby phone network towers and makes a digital map of your route so that rescuers can trace your location.

  11. 11 How to survive a stroke of lightning.

    What you really should do: The safest place for shelter is inside a building. If there are no buildings around, squat down, and make sure you’re not the highest object in the area.

    Why: Wet soil is an excellent electricity conductor, so you’ll only increase the chances of lightning hitting you. To stay alive, you should minimize your contact with the ground.

  12. 12 How to avoid serious injuries

    What you really should do: 

    1. Don’t pull the emergency brake. This will make the car slide and can lead to a crash. It’s safer to jump at a turn when the speed of the car is lower.
    2. Open the door as wide as possible, and make sure there are no obstacles like rocks or road signs ahead.
    3. ump at an angle perpendicular to the car’s movement, and ball yourself up to minimize the risk of snagging on something and breaking your limbs.

    Why: Imagine you’ve been kidnapped, and you decide to reproduce that eye-catching action movie scene. Even if the offenders placed you next to an unlocked door, you’d wring your neck trying to impress them with this feat. This will either lead to your death or you’ll be paralyzed, and the kidnappers will take you to their destination without any hassle.

  13. 13 How to Determine the direction

    What you really should do: If you don’t have a compass, use a watch. Hold your watch up in front of you, and let the hour hand point at the sun. Cut the angle between the hour hand and 12 o’clock in half. That way is south, and the opposite direction is north.

    Why: The experience accumulated by humankind says that moss grows on the north side of trees. This rule is only true for the Northern Hemisphere, and even then it doesn’t always work. Moss and lichen-like shade and humidity. A lot of factors in nature can create shade and high humidity, so moss can grow in all directions.

  14. 14 How to survive Dehydration

    What you really should do: If there is no other source of water, you should melt some ice (it’s preferable to snow) first, and only then drink it.

    Why: Snow has a low density. You’ll have to eat several buckets of it to get a glass of water. Your throat and teeth won’t bear that, you won’t slake your thirst, and, to make matters worse, you’ll get sick. Snow is also hard to use as a thirst quencher because it’s pure (like distilled water) and doesn’t contain any mineral salts.

  15. 15 How to outrun a wild animal

    If you encounter:

    1. A moose — Moose are easy to avoid because they make a lot of noise. You will only need to go off its path. If the animal is aggressive, climb a tree or any other high object.
    2. A boar — Boars usually try to get away upon noticing humans. The main thing is not to touch young piglets: their mothers are very dangerous. If the animal is running in your direction, you can save yourself on any elevated object. Boars also can’t stand noise.
    3. A bear — If you see a bear, don’t approach it. Try to carefully get away from that place. If a brown or grizzly bear charges, do not run away. Stay calm, lie face down with your hands clasped behind your neck, and shout for help. Don’t shoot at the bear — you will only make it angry. If a black bear charges, try to escape or fight back.
    4. A wolf — Wolves hunt at night and shun people. If you still become an object of lupine interest, don’t try to run. Walk away without turning your back so as not to provoke an attack, and start talking (but not shouting) loudly. Move until you walk up to the nearest tree. Wolves will not climb it.

    Why: Any wild animal is faster and stronger than a human. If you don’t have weapons, the beast will most likely win. You should know the habits of animals that live in the area you are visiting.

  16. 16 Raw meat can treat a black eye

    What you really should do: Apply ice packs for 15-20 minutes once every hour during the first 24 hours after the injury. To avoid local freezing, wrap the ice in cloth.

    Why: Raw meat is not to be applied to your eyes because it can cause an infection. This can prove fatal if you are out in the wilderness with no disinfectants or antibiotics at hand.

  17. 17 Don't get Being buried under the collapsed cave

    What you really should do: Start fires outdoors.

    Why: Warmth will cause the rock to expand, which can lead to the cave falling in.

  18. 18 Sleeping can cause death during a head injury

    What you really should do: If they want to sleep, let them sleep.

    Why: There is an erroneous opinion that if a concussed person falls asleep, they’ll sink into a coma and won’t wake up again. Light concussions pass by soon enough, and sleep will only help the patient to bounce back. If there are more concerning symptoms, such as an increasing headache, nausea, or loss of orientation, the injured person should be taken to the hospital as soon as possible.

  19. 19 If you get lost

    What you really should do: Don’t stray away. Wait for a search party. Leave your place only when extremely necessary, and go back when possible.

    Why: Rescuers will be looking for you at the place where your trace was seen last. If you move along an unknown route, there is a risk of you getting even more lost and never being found.

  20. 20 Warning signs are negligible

    What you really should do: Be a law-abiding citizen, and find another place for recreation.

    Why: If you see a warning sign in the woods, there are serious reasons for it, and you don’t want to find out what they are. Most horror films begin with someone violating a prohibitive sign — perhaps they have some real-life basis?


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