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Military Survival Tips

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We are now starting to gather the best survival tips and advice right here on this page. Do you have advice, tips or tricks you think we should post here? We would love to hear from you! By having a single place for survival tips we hope to improve your knowledge on how best to survive in any condition.

Thirsty or hungry?

Did you know, mild thirst is often confused for hunger? According to athlete studies, increasing your body fluid levels by 1% will make you 2% faster. Being properly hydrated can also help you lose weight. In 37% of people, the thirst mechanism is so weak it’s mistaken for hunger, causing you to ingest calories you don’t need, when you could have solved your hunger with a zero-calorie glass of water! In fact, one glass of water will shut down hunger pains for almost 100% of dieters. Have you read our military fitness guide?

How can you tell if you’re properly hydrated? The first question to ask yourself is: are you thirsty? If so, chances are you need more liquid. Also, check the colour of your urine. Is it light yellow? If so, it’s likely you’re properly hydrated. If not, and you haven’t recently eaten foods like carrots, asparagus, or beetroot, which can turn your urine red, orange, green and brown, chances are you might be dehydrated (some medications can cause your urine to change colour). RVOps make it easy for you to get hydrated on the go with our range of re-hydration systems.

Military Survival Tips – Fire

Fire is the be all and end all when it comes to survival. Not only does it help keep you warm but allows you to dry off, purify water, cook food and keep pests and other wild animals away. So whether you use a bow drill or a flint and steel, fire is your best friend. There are many ways to create fire or sparks without matches or a lighter, here are a few that we thought you’d like.

Drinks Can & Chocolate- Yep that’s right, it’s likely that when you are camping (especially with children) that there will be a coke can and a bar of chocolate among your food. This is probably one of our favourite survival tips! So whats it all about? Here’s what you need to do (on a sunny day):

Step 1 – Polish the bottom of the coke can with the chocolate.
Take your bar of chocolate and start rubbing it on the bottom of the can. The chocolate acts as a polish and will make the bottom of the can shine like a mirror (If you don’t have chocolate with you, toothpaste also works).

Step 2 – Make your fire.
What you now have is essentially a parabolic mirror. Sunlight will reflect off the bottom of the can, forming a single focal point.

Step 3 - Point the bottom of the can towards the sun.
Place the tinder about an inch from the reflecting light’s focal point. In a few seconds you should have a flame.

Step 4 – Best not eat the used chocolate.It’s best not to eat the chocolate after as it will be contaminated with the residue of the can. Watch this quick video if our directions are not clear:

Fire by Friction- The most widely used way of starting a fire without man made articles such as matches and lighters. This survival tips page wouldn’t be complete without stating the most obvious of survival tips. Of course there isn’t just the one method of turning friction into fire, here we will describe a couple of our favourite methods.

1st – The Bow Drill. This method is probably the best and most reliable ways of creating enough friction as you can easily maintain speed and pressure on a single point. You will need a bow shaped stick, some cord/boot lace, a solid “drill” stick, a flat fire board and possibly a “handle” piece. Watch Ray Mears do it:

Speaking of Ray Mears, our MD Andy Stuart met him at a trade show and managed to get a photo, Andy even tried to take his Rite in the Rain waterproof notebook!

2nd – The Hand Drill - Probably the most difficult to master and used by our ancestors for hundreds of years. It’s very similar to the bow drill method above only there is no bow to rotate the drill. You sandwich the drill between your hands and roll non stop, down the drill – it takes shear determination and stamina to generate enough friction to create an ember.

3rd – The Plough - This requires a groove in the fire board that acts as a track for your drill. Place some tinder at the end of the track to catch the ember and start rubbing the end of the drill up and down the track. As always when you have an ember in your tinder, start to blow it gently to get it going.