3 Unique Survival Tips That Might Just Save Your Life
There are always those little things that many find out too late or don’t realize what they could do until they are in the thick of the problem with no resource or best practice. So below are three survival tips that just might save your life in the future. Always remember that the quote “knowledge is power” is just that, so always seek knowledge in survival techniques and best practices in preparation. Finally, always remember, there is no other community than the survival community that is the most critical of each other. Everyone wants to gain masterpoints by trying to prove others wrong. This is why I will always tell you to practice, and prove to yourself techniques work so you do not need to deal with the drama of know it alls because you yourself have practiced and know what “your” knowledge has proven to yourself :). So take all advice with a grain of salt, practice for yourself, and tweak it if need be, so it works for you.
1. So picture yourself in any spontaneous survival situation. Such as a car breaking down in the middle of nowhere, camping, hiking, or mountain climbing in the wilderness and having an accident, or many other scenarios where as soon as it happens you realize your phone is running out of power. Now, common sense tells you to “first” try 911, then make a couple of calls to people you think you can get a hold of if you do have service. Then make sure one of the first things you do after that is to change the voicemail on your phone so that it describes your current situation with as many details as you can think of.
Things like; your leg is broken, your whereabouts, (grid coordinates, mile marker, mountain ridge, etc). out of gas, staying put, or direction of travel, the amount of aid or supplies you have all are good to leave as your new voicemail. The reason? Because even when your phone runs out of power and dies, others will still get your voicemail response when they call your phone.
2. How about if you find yourself with that one piece of survival equipment that you had stored for a long time, and you realize its AA batteries are dead. Now what? You take the time to search through everything you have and only find AAA batteries but no AAs anywhere.
This is when you tear yourself off a piece of foil paper, roll it up into a very tight ball just big enough to fit snug in the space between your AAA battery and your piece of equipment. This filler will fill the space making the connection needed to power your device. Make sure to practice at home now so you have this experience to take with you.
3. Your driving in the wilderness and your car dies, it is cold, you’re stranded and you know you have got to get a fire going soon. So you look all through the car and glovebox and the trunk of your car for a lighter or set of matches and find nothing. But what you do find is a graphite pencil in the glovebox, your jumper cables in the trunk, and you know your car battery has a charge in it. So here are some very easy steps to quickly start a fire.
a. First prep your pencil. Take off the eraser and metal backing. Next, shave the pencil down the middle longways so you see the graphite down the center.
b. Next, you look at your jumper cables and trace the wires down to the teeth and make sure the teeth of the cables that are connected to the wire are embedded on the exposed graphite of the pencil. Clamp both the red and black clamp on opposite sides of the pencil.
c. Then take the other end of the jumper cables and hook them up on the battery just like if you were going to jump another car. Now make sure the end with the pencil is where you want it to start a fire because the minute this connection is made, the graphite heats up and within seconds the wood of the pencil will burst into flames. Thus instant fire starter to add to your kindling.
Knowledge is power, so go and practice these 3 unique survival skills to have the experience needed in your memory banks.
“Charlie Mike” (Continue the Mission)
First of all the advice was never to "call your voicemail", and in the survival world anything left not done is what is potentially life threatening misinformation to accept. Of course call 911 and anyone first, that is common sense. but this technique of changing the voicemail is a proven and well planned technique to do even if the others are accomplished. make sure it is "one of the first things you do" is what the article says to do. The other tips your giving are "other tips" SMH however I did edit the intro and this technique for those who might not have common sense.