10 Surprising Survival Myths That You Believe, but Shouldn’t

In a recent online discussion, people shared survival myths that are completely wrong and can be dangerous to follow in a real-life survival situation.

Here are ten of the most commonly mentioned survival myths debunked by the thread's participants.

Drinking Your Urine Will Help You Survive

Urine contains waste products that your body is trying to eliminate, and drinking it can lead to dehydration, increased blood pressure, and even kidney damage.


Moss Always Grows on the North Side of Trees

While moss can grow on any side of a tree, it does prefer shady and damp areas. However, it's not a reliable indicator of direction and shouldn't be used as a compass replacement.


You Can Start a Fire With Two Sticks

Starting a fire with two sticks is possible, but it's not easy, especially if you don't have the right type of wood and conditions.


Sucking Venom Out of a Snake Bite Will Save You

Sucking the venom out of a snake bite can do more harm than good. It can damage the tissue around the bite, introduce bacteria into the wound, and increase the risk of infection.


Boiling water can kill bacteria and viruses, but it doesn't remove chemical contaminants. If the water is polluted with chemicals or heavy metals, boiling it won't make it safe to drink.


Boiling Water Makes It Safe To Drink