DESERT SURVIVAL WITH BEAR GRYLLS: 8 TIPS THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE
Accidents and emergencies can turn anyone’s desert trip into a life and death situation. But you don’t need to be a full-blown survival expert to stay alive. - Bear
Here are eight simple tips for staying alive so you can tell your grand kids the story one day.
- Keep a Lid on It: Keep your head covered, either with a big hat or whatever you can find. If the top of your head is exposed to the sun, your body wastes lots of precious energy keeping cool.
- Find Some Cover: Now that your head is covered, get the rest of your body out of the sun. Construct your own shade shelter or hide from the heat behind a cactus or shrubs, a rock outcrop, or in a ravine. Wait for the cool evening or morning hours to forage for food and travel.
- Don’t Drink the Water: Well, don’t guzzle it. Take small, rationed sips throughout the day, and monitor your dehydration- the darker your urine, the more water you need. Be wary of any water you find- it may be contaminated- the last thing you can afford is getting sick.
- Stay Hungry: The more you eat, the thirstier you get. Nibble enough to keep your energy up. If you don’t have any water, don’t eat.
- Keep Your cool: Panicking makes a bad situation dangerous. Assess your predicament and make a plan. If you’re lost, stay put- your chances of being rescued will drop if you wander off.
- Make Your Mark: If you do try to head back, mark your original location and your route as you go along. Use landmarks in the distance to keep you on track.
- Keep Your Mouth Shut: Conserving energy is everything, so move slowly and breathe through your nose to slow the rate of dehydration.
- Hunker Down: As hot as things get doing the day, the nighttime cold can kill. Find a cozy spot to spend the night where you can keep warm and stay alive.