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Harsh Reality: Top Survival Tips From TV Survivalists

By    |   Wednesday, 27 Jul 2016 02:38 PM

Watching survivalists on TV can be more than just entertainment if you pay attention to their survival tips, which could be useful for you to know if you get into a dire situation.

Here is some of the best advice from survivalist stars:

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1. Les Stroud’s 5 Ws of survival
As cited by the Seasoned Citizen Prepper blog, the host of "Survivorman" advises that you need shelter appropriate to the weather, plenty of wood for your fire, a way to protect against pests like spiders, scorpions, and snakes, a source of clean water, and awareness of "widowmakers" (things that can fall on you or hurt you).

2. Stay dry in cold weather
Bear Grylls, star of "Escape from Hell" on Discovery, advises watchers to be mindful of wet clothes in cold weather. Even sweat can make the body colder, and must be allowed to dry before sleeping.

3. Keep warm
Another tip from "Survivorman" Stroud is to heat larger rocks over a fire and place them around you at night to keep warm when it’s cold outside and you don’t have heat.

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4. Attitude is everything
Ed Stafford of the Discovery show “Marooned” says avoiding panic and looking at the positives in the situation accounts for up to 80 percent of your chances of survival. “The adrenaline starts kicking in but if I treat it as a game, it becomes this really fun, positive thing rather than fearful and negative,” Stafford tells BT.com.

5. You need a fire
British TV survivalist Ray Mears (“Bushcraft,” “Extreme Survival,” etc.) says fire is essential to outdoor survival, but can also be important for those stuck in the city as well. Fire is useful for cooking, keeping warm, and keeping predators away. Mears told the Ask Men blog that material like birch bark or dryer lint can help light a fire, then adding small bundles of matchstick-sized wood before graduating to larger pieces will help keep it going. Partially rotted or damp wood will smolder for a long time so you don’t have to go through the process of relighting the fire every day.

6. Tell time by the sun
You can get a rough estimate of the time between noon and sunset by measuring the distance from the sun to the horizon, with each width of your hand equaling about one hour, according to Stroud, as cited by Prepare4Survival.

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