The Best and Worst Survival Tips From Bear Grylls

    Sure, you might never find yourself
    stuck in the Siberian tundra with freezing temperatures. But that doesn’t mean
    it’s not worth covering the basics when it comes to surviving in the wild.
    Whether finding yourself alone and stranded in nature seems like a real
    possibility for you or not, you can still benefit from following some of the survival tips by
    Bear Grylls. 

    Of course, Mr. Grylls hasn’t always
    had the best advice over the years. Luckily for you, we’re here to separate the
    wheat from the chaff. So keep on reading and we’ll walk you through the best
    and worst survival tips and tricks from Bear Grylls.

    Best Survival Tips from Bear Grylls

    The best survival tips from Bear
    Grylls are the ones that are practical and relatively safe. Many of his tips
    are easy to perform and yield great results. Let’s look at some below. 

    Start a Fire With a Phone Battery

    If you stab a lithium phone battery
    with a knife, the battery will explode and you’ll get a bunch of
    sparks. If you don’t want to destroy your phone battery, you can also use
    some wire wool and a 9-volt battery. Just touch the wool to both ends of the
    battery and you’ll get sparks.

    Use A Backpack Liner To Help Cross Rivers

    According to Bear Grylls,
    if you come across a powerful river, you should anticipate where it’s
    going to carry you out too. Then you want to give yourself an extra twenty
    percent of space for good measure.

    You can then use a backpack liner as
    a floatation device to help you get to the other side. 

    You want to trap as much air in the
    liner as you can and seal it. You should keep your feet up and point them down
    the river. This way, you can kick away from any sharp rocks.

    You want to use the current, don’t
    fight it.  

    Tell Someone Where You’re Going

    It might seem obvious, but you
    should always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back.
    Even if you’re planning on dropping out of society for a bit, you should still
    tell someone you trust about your plans. 

    If nobody knows where you’re going
    or when you’re supposed to be there, then your chances of getting help if
    you end up in trouble are going to be a lot slimmer.  

    Try to contact someone
    regularly and update them about your location so that it will be easier to find
    you in case you end up lost or stuck somewhere.

    4. Make
    Sure All of Your Gear Works

    You should make sure that all of
    your gear is clean, organized, and functional. There’s no point in bringing a
    tent that’s ripped or a flare gun that’s empty. RKB Armory has
    some great information on smart ways to clean your optics so you’re always

    The Worst
    Bear Grylls Survival Tips

    What works for Bear Grylls doesn’t
    necessarily work for everyone. Some of his tips are unhelpful or downright

    It’s Okay to Eat Raw Meat

    There’s a reason why the Food and Drug Administration
    says that you should cook your meat to a safe minimum internal
    temperature. Sure, Bear Grylls might eat raw meat on TV. But you don’t get
    to see what’s going on in his stomach or what’s going on with him a few days

    You might assume that bacteria and
    E. coli are really just a problem at factory farms. However, those dangerous
    microbes can be present in wild animals too.

    If you eat raw meat, you can get
    seriously sick. You might experience vomiting, diarrhea, or worse. 

    Throw Food at a Bear

    If you encounter a bear, you should
    stay still and wait for it to leave. According to Bear Grylls, you should throw
    food at it. He did this because he wanted to distract the animal.

    He claimed that the bear would go
    after the food, leaving him time to escape.

    However, when you throw food at a
    bear, you’re just signaling to him that you’re a source of food. And that’s
    probably not what you want it to think.

    Many bears are afraid of people and
    will go away on their own. If you come across an aggressive bear, you should
    stomp your feet, shout, and make yourself appear as big as possible. 

    Ideally, you’ll have some bear spray
    on you. But whatever you do, don’t throw food it. 

    Drink Your Own Pee

    Bear Grylls is perhaps most famous
    for drinking his own urine. If you’re a healthy person, then your urine is
    mostly sterile. However, it also contains chemical compounds that can be

    If you drink your pee, then pee
    later, then drink that, you’re going to be consuming more and more harmful
    compounds. Your kidneys will soon fail and you’ll eventually die from the

    Pull Off Leeches

    If you’re swimming around in the
    jungle, there’s a chance that you might end up with a leech or two on your
    body. Mr. Grylls likes to suggest that you grab the leech by its head and twist
    it off of your body. 

    However, that’s a really bad idea.
    If you pull off a leech, douse it in salt, burn it, or spray it with bug spray,
    the leech may regurgitate into your open wound. When that happens, you
    could become seriously ill.

    What you should actually do is use
    your fingernail to gently move the leech until it detaches from you. If that
    doesn’t work, then it’s best to just let the leech stay on
    until it fills up. 

    These Survival Tips From Bear Grylls

    Hopefully, you now understand the
    best and worst survival tips from Bear Grylls. As we can see, Bear Grylls has
    some really helpful tips. But he also has some really dangerous ones.

    With some common sense, you should
    be able to separate the good advice from the bad.

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