When you join the army you are taught discipline, responsibility and your mind and body is brought to peak human form. But, when you join the Navy SEALs the only thing taught to you is how to stay alive and how to think fast on your feet.
Today, we’ve gathered a few tips, tricks and life hacks that Navy SEAL officers use that you can include in your daily life or remember when you go out camping or hiking. You can learn a lot from the men whose only job is to complete the mission and to stay alive at all costs.
1Sugar on wounds
If you get injured while camping or while hiking, apply sugar to your wound. Bacteria cannot survive in high sugar content. If you don’t have the proper antiseptics required to clean the wound you can use sugar after you clean the wound with water. Then cover the wound with a piece of cloth to keep it safe from the environment.
2Easy fire starter
If you go on Amazon you will see fire starter kits that range from cheap to expensive. They all do the exact same thing but are of different quality. But, did you know that you can make your very own easy to use fire starter kit? All you need to do is take a few cotton balls and rub Vaseline on them. Then keep them safe in an old plastic bottle that is airtight.
3If your hands are tied and you’re drowning
If you find yourself in a situation where you cannot use your hands and you’re in a body of water then you need to learn to use your feet. Let your body sink while you stay calm and hold your breath. Once you feel you have touched the ground boost yourself up and back to the surface to catch your breath.
4Don’t panic think of a goal
If you’re lost in the woods or find yourself in a situation where you begin to panic, stay calm. Instead of thinking how you’re going to survive, think of smaller goals like what is your next step? Smaller goals are easier to achieve and they will boost your motivation once completed.
5Always follow a stream
If you’re lost in a forest, always try to find a stream or a source of flowing water. These flowing sources of water will lead you to more developed areas. Either you’ll see a more developed area or a large source of water where you might see people.
6Use your teeth
If you are placed in restraints that are made from plastic or cloth or even rope, try using your teeth to bite them. Try your best to bite through the restraints. Don’t try to pull or tear them as you could break your teeth. Trying to bite through them will be easier and will take less time and effort.
7Always carry matchsticks
Whenever you decide to go out into the wild be it for camping or even hiking, you should always carry matchsticks with you. They will help you a lot when you’re in trouble. To make them more effective you can melt some wax and dip the ends of the matchsticks in it which will make them waterproof. Always remember to carry them in a metal or plastic box.
8When looking for water, go downhill
If you’re camping or hiking and you are in need of clean water always head downhill. Water flows downhill and your chances of finding it are higher the lower you go. Just be aware that not every source of water is drinkable. Some of them are dirty and filled with bacteria. You should try to filter the water yourself or boil it before drinking.
9Arch your back when submerged
If you find yourself submerged partially in muddy waters or mud always arch your back. This will help you keep your head high longer while you try to get out. Not doing so will make you sink faster and your head will be submerged faster too. This will make it harder for you to find a way out.
10Maxi pads can save your life
Believe it or not but in a despite situation where you’re losing blood, a maxi pad can be the one thing that saves your life. They will absorb the blood and you can tape them to the wound till you get proper medical attention. Another hack is to put them in your shoes if you have really sweaty feet.
11Never make a fire inside a cave
If you ever find yourself inside a cave and you think it is a good idea to start a fire inside it, think again. Starting a fire inside a cave is wrong for a number of reasons. First, the carbon dioxide build-up and second the rocks might expand due to the heat. Start the fire outside and bring a few lit torches inside for light.
12During an explosion
If you find yourself in the vicinity of an explosion, lay on the ground face down with your hands over your head and feet in the air. Also, keep your mouth open. Keeping your mouth open is important to keep your internal organs safe from the shock. Once the explosion is over don’t immediately get up and run but crawl a bit before getting up.
If you’re wearing a shirt that has extra fabric you can use the military tuck to hide that extra fabric. This is a very simple and easy to use tuck technique that will hide the extra material without looking odd. It has been a part of the military for decades and something that soldiers are taught.
You know one fact about the US military is that they love to keep their shoes clean and shiny. This is a meaningless task but it helps build responsibility and discipline while making you look good. A simple hack to do it faster is to take a generous amount of shoe shine and apply it onto your shoes. Now you can let it sit for 10-15 minutes before using a heat gun or lighter on the area. This will make it shine better.
15When you experience frostbite
Frostbite is something you do not want to experience and if you do you need to treat it quickly. The best thing to do is to dip the affected area into warm water. Then you can apply bandages to it so that it will be safe from the environment and you don’t accidentally touch it. Also, remember to never touch the affected area.