25 Simple Survival Tips That Could Literally Save Your Life

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Life is full of surprises, but that doesn’t mean you have to be impromptu when the situation suddenly falls apart. Presenting the most expedient hacks from the Internet, these apparently simple life(saving)hacks can prove to be useful when your life’s in a jeopardy. Don’t become vulnerable, folks, the world is a pitiless place!

1. Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

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You may think nothing like such thing as a Zombie Apocalypse will happen. But you might be surprised to know that government officials have plans prepared for any such events, just in case. Here are some of them:

  • Buy and stock up on weapons like stun-guns, handcuffs,
  • Stock up on as many supplies as possible
  • Buy a protective suit (like the one used against Ebola) and keep at your disposal
  • Isolate your friends and family somewhere safe and unaffected by the disease
  • Wait until the government comes up with a cure

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2. Survive a Plane Crash

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Most of us think that plane crashes are a traumatizing and life-succumbing events. But, that isn’t true (well, for the most part.) While the chances of surviving a plane crash are narrow, it doesn’t mean they are unsurvivable. So, how to survive a plane crash like a man:

  • Be Fit – Surviving a plane crash need you to operate promptly through narrow aisles with wreckages all over it.
  • Go with Bigger Planes, if possible – Larger aircrafts absorb more impact during a crash which means you’re subjected to less deadly impact.
  • Remember the Five Row Rule – Those who have survived plane crash before had to move just five rows to escape and the chances of escaping beyond five rows are very less. If you can’t get an Exit Row seat, then go for the aisle. Aisle seats have 64 percent of survival rates.
  • Listen to what the Flight Attendants say – You can even survive a plane crash just by listening to “pre-flight safety measure” given by the flight attendants.
  • Wear the Oxygen Mask right away – Oxygen masks help you breathe at higher altitudes when there’s a breach in the body of the plane, and there’s very less air to pump oxygen into your bloodstream becomes impossible. Oxygen mask can help you breathe normally in such cases.
  • Take the Brace Position – Brace positions are no silly! Brace position do add up the chances of survival during a plane crash.
  • Do not inflate Lifejacket inside the Plane – Always remember not to inflate the lifejacket while you’re still on the plane. When the water gets inside the sinking plane, it’ll be hard to move around while floating. Hence lessening the chances of getting out of it.

3. Survive a Terrorist Attack

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You’ll never know when and where to expect a terrorist attack. The element of surprise is the ultimate weapon of terrorists. Being prepared for and surviving a terrorist attack involves three major steps:

  • Run – The very first thing to do during a terrorist attack is to “run” and get away from the location, after the locating the area of danger. Also, help other people to get away from the area of danger, if at all possible.
  • Hide – If running away from the scene is not possible, “hiding” is the next best option. If you’re eating at a restaurant during the attack, stay inside and lock all the doors. Also, switch off all the lights inside the building, as well as the mobile phones. You should lay down on the floor and stay away from windows or any openings.
  • Alert – when you and other people are away from any danger, call the emergency hotline and inform the authorities about the ongoing terrorist attack.

4. Survive a Nuclear Holocaust

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We are nowhere near the safe-zone with all those nuclear weapons possessed by the nations of the world. And also, our nations are far from life-long peace with each other. So, we are forced to plan beforehand and think practically about planning how to survive a Nuclear Attack.

  • Water – Water is the most priceless thing you’ll need to survive. That’s why you have to store water as much as you can in your shelter.
  • Food – The next thing you should do is to stock up on food (non-perishable) for as much as you can, as it’s highly dangerous to go out in search for food hours after the fallout.
  • Communication – You’ll need to know what’s happening around your town, state, nation, etc. So, get yourself a rechargeable radio or the one that works on batteries.
  • Medical Supplies – You can’t make it without some life-saving medicines, allergy medications, or some pain-killers for conditions medical conditions you or any of your family members suffer. Get all the medications stored in a waterproof plastic bag in your shelter.
  • Additional Supplements – Obviously, don’t forget those important supplements, such as duct tape, flashlights, facial masks for pollution, dust, etc., and some garbage or plastic bags.
  • Keep up with the National Affairs – Nuclear fallouts don’t occur simply out of nowhere without any heads-up. If you keep up with newspapers and TV news, you will be able to assess that there’s some tension rising between a few countries, and it soon might escalate. It can help you prepare yourself mentally as well as physically.
  • Hours before the attack – This is when you need to act promptly. Evaluate the areas that possess high danger of being attacked, such as military bases, commercial ports, federal buildings, Crowded areas also possess the high risk of getting attacked. Hence head towards the countryside, away from any army bases or government buildings.
  • High-altitude Explosions – High-altitude atomic bombs can cause electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) that can affect all the electronic gadgets and appliances, including mobile phones and digital data. Devices that are plugged into the sockets might cause short circuitry or detonations and, therefore, jeopardizing the lives of you and your family.

5. Survive a Tornado

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  • Close all the doors (inside and out) during a Tornado. Homes with open doors or windows are much more likely to be destroyed by high winds.
  • Never take shelter under a bridge or overpass, during a Tornado. Traffic structures collapse. Either drive to any other safest location near or pull over, buckle your seat-belt and cover your head.
  • Avoid gymnasiums, theaters, shopping malls, and other constructions with large open interior spaces where the chances roof collapsing are higher.
  • If you’re driving a car during a tornado, don’t try to outrun it, as they can travel at a speed of 70 mph.
  • Stay inside your emergency shelter until you’re sure that the tornado has passed away.

6. Survive a Shark Attack

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Statistically, you’re not going to encounter a shark attack, unless you provoke one. So here are some tips to survive when you’re confronted with an angry shark charging at you:

  • Arm Yourself – The very first thing to do, when a shark attacks you, is to grab a weapon. Be that a rock, knife or stick, whatever is near you. Because hitting a shark with even the most impotent, obtuse object is better when compared with hitting with your bare hands.
  • Never play Dead – Playing dead will only make you appear as an easy meal to the shark. Rather try to escape from the shark, but never lost the shark from your attack during an attack.
  • Back up yourself into a position where you can lay your back on a solid surface, like the side of a boat or a cliff. So that you’ll minimize the possible angles of attacks for the fish and increasing the probabilities of going on against it.
  • Hit it in the face – This might sound freakishly ridiculous, though, but a proven and pretty reliable way to fend off the creature. But make sure to land the first punch really hard, as the following hits won’t turn out to be as effective.
  • Use your Claws – When the situation turns hopeless, like he has grabbed your weapon or not responding to your punches, the scratch and claw at the fish’s two weakest areas – the eyes and the gills. You can get chances of swimming away from it by disabling its eyes.
  • The final chance – When all of the above fails and the shark grabs you with its jaws, the only thing you could do is: go crazy. Pound and thrash the shark in any possible way. Punch it, hit it, kick it, swear at it; the works. This might panic the shark, make you let go of the jaws and gives a chance to get away from it.

7. Survive a Bear Attack

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A bear will attack you if it’s surprised, if it senses danger, to protect its territory or its cubs. They best way to forefend an attack is to avoid the bear. But if you have spotted a bear, make sure it sees you. Do not try to run away.

  • Talk to the animal in a slow, calming voice to show that you’re not a threat. Now slowly raise your hands above your head to make yourselves appear larger to the bear.
  • Now, try to leave the area by slowly walking away from there.
  • Do not try to take a snap or feed something to the bear, or run away from it. Those creatures run faster than you, and they find it fun to chase the prey.
  • Do not climb a tree – Bears can easily climb trees. Unless you can climb up to 12 feet above the tree, do not go for it. Since that’s quite hard, make this a last resort.
  • Carry a Firearm – It’s best to carry a firearm (if permitted in your country) when entering or living in the woods. But still it’s nearly impossible to take down a bear with a single bullet, and it can attack even when wounded.
  • Carry Bear Spray or Pepper Spray – both of them will work. Spraying one of these can change the mind of the animal to break off the attack; and sometimes it makes the animal go crazy. However, this might help you escape the scene.
  • Play Dead – If you see a bear charging towards you and the chances of escaping is very less, drop down and play dead! Cover the vital parts of your body with hands. Continue to play dead even if the animal bites you. The bear may leave, once it realizes that you’re not a threat to him. And if it doesn’t stop attacking you, fight back, hit it as hard as you can and shout as much as possible until help arrives.

8. Survive an Earthquake

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  • Curl Up – Babies and animals often, by nature, curl up in fetal position during a disaster. You should too do the same, since it’s a natural instinct. You can make it in a smaller void.
  • While Sleeping – If an earthquake appears when you’re sleeping in the bed, just roll off the mattress. This will create a safe void around the bed.
  • Do not get under a Doorway – If you stand under a doorway during an earthquake, you’ll be crushed by the ceiling as the doorposts are the weakest parts of a building. Also, you could be cut into halves by the side-falling doorpost.
  • Get near or outside the Outer Walls – The farther you’re from the center of the building, greater the chances of escaping. The ceiling might fall in and block your escape route or even crush you to death.
  • When caught inside a car – If you’re inside a car during an earthquake, chances are you might get crushed inside. You could survive by getting out and lying next to your car.

9. Survive a Heart Attack

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If you’re feeling like experiencing a heart attack and nobody’s there to help you, follow these simple steps to survive:

  • The first thing you should do is to call the emergency hotline (e.g. 911)
  • Now take deep breaths and cough every two seconds.
  • Pull Over, if you’re driving. You can lose your conscious while having a heart attack. Do not try to drive, even if a hospital is nearby.
  • Aspirin or Sorbitrate – Taking Aspirin (300mg) or Sorbitrate (5mg) during a heart attack will help reducing damages to the heart. The tablet will take more time to react when consumed with water. So, you need to chew the tablet or hold it under the tongue for immediate effect. This helps stabilizing the blood pressure and blood circulation. Thus increasing the chances of surviving until the emergency team arrives.
  • Relax Yourself – More physical activities will lessen the chances of your survival as it speeds up the progress of heart attack.

10. If your Taxi Driver behaves Suspiciously

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  • If you’ve just hailed a taxi cab, and the drivers seem to behave suspiciously, you can think of this small trick. Make a call to a friend or just pretend to call someone, it doesn’t matter.
  • During the conversation, share the details of your cab (like color, type, and even number) and the route you’ll be taking for the trip loud enough for the driver to hear. So he knows that the vehicle is now identifiable to the person you’re talking to.
  • Chances are he won’t manage to do any stunt.

11. If someone is following you…

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  • If you feel that someone is following you, you have to stop walking, turn back, and then look directly at that person. Felonies are looking for easy and unaware victims. By looking directly at them, there won’t be any element of surprise.
  • Call someone, with your head up, to inform them about your situation and seek for help, and make sure the person following you can hear your conversation.
  • Check your surroundings for any sign of people or a public place to seek for help.

12. When the Brakes fail…

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Always remember this trick in case your car brakes fail.

  • Start with pumping your brake pedal to alert the vehicle behind you.
  • Use your parking brake (gently) to slow down your car and meanwhile shift the car to a lower gear.
  • If this doesn’t work, look for a soft spot (like a bush) to crash into.

13. SpareOne Emergency Phone

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This emergency phone lasts for 15 years and works on a single AA battery. You can make emergency phone calls without using a SIM card. The phone has no display and looks like a toy phone, but works effectively.

The 59.99 USD SpareOne Emergency Phone (with AT&T connection) is a handy tool to have in the backpack, glove compartment of your car, or in your purse for emergencies like a tornado, flood, fire, or even a zombie apocalypse.

14. When Lost in the Woods…

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If you ever get lost during a hike or camping in the woods, the first thing you should be doing is finding water and shelter.

  • Remember, you can last for days without eating anything, but you can’t even last for hours without a shelter on a harsh environment. And you’ll die in 3 days without water.
  • Start Fire using Steel Wool – You can use a steel wool and a battery to start a fire. Use a few thin strands of steel wool to bridge the battery terminals (+ and -), and it’ll spark.
  • Purify water using Bleach – Not sure if your water’s safe to drink? Fill an empty soda bottle with water, add two drops of bleach, and let it stand for 30
  • Breathe through your Nose – When you get yourselves in a wilderness survival condition, remember to breathe through your Nose and not through your Mouth. Breathing through your mouth requires more energy, and the dehydration rate of your body will be double.
  • Eating makes you Thirstier – If you are in a situation where it’s almost impossible to find drinking water, avoid eating at any cost. Eating will only make you thirstier. Remember, you can survive more days without food than without water.
  • Using Watch as a Compass – If you find yourself lost during a trek or during a desert safari, where it’s really hard to find anything or anyone for help, you can use your wrist watch as a makeshift compass.
  • Hold your watch flat and line up the hour hand with the Sun
  • The point halfway between the hour hand and the 12 will be North
  • If you’re in the Southern hemisphere, line up the 12 with the Sun

15. Remember the Exits

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  • If you know that you are going to be in a crowded area (like a concert), take a note of the emergency exits.
  • In case of any fire accidents or any other natural disaster, people will always start exiting through the same door they came in, causing a catastrophe.

16. Getting out of a Rip Tide

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Rip tides or rip currents are water currents that pulls anything caught in between them into the sea. They are life threatening and one should know how to identify them. If you caught inside one, it’s not so difficult to get out of them (if you act accordingly.)

  • If you get caught in a Rip Tide while enjoying at the beach, just swim parallel to the shore instead of swimming towards it. Rip-Tides are longer, but not wider.
  • If you can’t do that, simply float on your back and let the tides take you into the sea until you’re out of the current. They usually range from 50 to 100 yards.
  • Once the current subsides, swim some distance parallel to the shore and then towards the shore.

17. If a Blizzard Strands You in Your Car…

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  • This life-saving tip will be more useful for those who live in countries like Canada, where people face a lot of such issues during winter.
  • If you get stuck inside your car during a Blizzard – stay put, run the engine and heater for 10 minutes each hour, with a downwind window cracked, and periodically check your exhaust pipe for snow.
  • If it’s dark, turn on your dome lights to make you easier to find.

18. Effective areas to Hit the Enemy

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  • If you’re under attack, you can defend yourself by hitting them in certain parts of their body – ears, eyes or groin. This is where a person is weakest and if you can hit it hard, you can traumatize them to get enough time to flee the place.
  • Also, if you don’t have any weapon to fight back, you can use your belt in place of a whip.

19. When you meet with an Accident…

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  • In emergency situations, particularly during road accidents, people will start gathering around you, but most won’t step forward to help you due to the bystander effect. In this case, you should point out someone from the crowd directly and ask for help.
  • For instance, instead of crying for help, you can simply point out someone and say ‘you in black t-shirt, call 911 now!’

20. Think before sharing your Personal Details

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  • Think well before sharing your personal information (like name, contact number, address, credit card details, work address, etc.) with someone. This applies both to the real life and Internet as well.
  • In the current world, there are many criminals and thieves who are trying to provoke people into sharing their personal information with them so they can swipe their identities and gain benefits from their in some ways.

21. Male Pregnancy Test

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Men should make a regular visit to their doctor for testicular cancer check-up. You can also do this check-up by yourself at home by taking a pregnancy test. If the test result comes out to be positive, you may have testicular cancer, and you’ll need immediate medical attention.

22. Let Friends or Family know your Whereabouts

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Whether you’re living alone or simply going out for the night, let someone in the family or friends know where you’re heading. This hardly involves any effort from you, and in case something goes wrong or you didn’t return in the morning, someone will know where to start looking for you.

23. When being Carjacked…

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If some crook gets in your vehicle forcibly and orders you to follow his/her instructions to steal the vehicle, you can drive the vehicle straight into a tree or a pole. This can help you in two ways: 1) The vehicle will be damaged and 2) You have brought yourselves to the attention of the public.

Certainly, the vehicle will be damaged, but think on the other hand which is valuable – your car or your life?

24. Survive a Wildfire

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Wildfires are unpredictable and fast moving death traps. The smoke will be visible from miles away, but the very first sign of a wildfire is falling ash. Here are some basic survival tips to escape a wildfire:

  • Flee the area – Don’t think about hanging around to see how things going. Forest fires are highly unpredictable, dangerous, and devastating; that even well-trained fire-fighters lose their lives while fighting wildfires.
  • Be aware of the situation – Always know what is happening around you while trying to escape from the wildfire. Simple yet essential.
  • Move downhill and not uphill; unless you got no other choice. Fire advances pretty fast in uphill due to updraft.
  • Have a plan – Find out the safe zones/escape routes where you could hide during a wildfire. Safe zones like lakes, rivers (get in the water), or large open spaces.
  • Get Low – If you are in middle of flames, get down and lay on the ground – like in a ditch that will allow convection current to pass overhead.
  • Makeshift gasmask – Breathing through a clothing covered your nose will help protect your lungs and respiratory tract from heave smoke.
  • Last resort – When there’s no way to escape the approaching wildfire, you can use the help of a fire shelter (used by fire-fighters). It is an easy-portable camp-like foil covering to bunk in as the fire passes over.

25. Survive a Breakup

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Breakups are no joke, no matter how it comes down. So here’s how to survive a breakup:

  • Meditate more and don’t Medicate at all! Avoid using cigarettes, alcohol and other drugs as a distraction. Sometimes you may feel like eating helps you take your mind off but it actually results in weight gain. Rather, take a break of few minutes to sit down and calm your mind in a relaxing yoga or meditation.
  • Eat nutritious foods at regular times. Remember, your body cannot function properly without taking proper foods.
  • Get more than enough sleep! Nothing else is more refreshing than getting enough sleep.
  • Sweat it! Lift your mood by joining a boot camp or Zumba class at your gym. Also, think about the amazing body you’re going to get in a few months.
  • Take a small vacation – You should give your mind some to think and feel about the breakup before you can really enjoy the trip.