How many of you have seen the movie 127 Hours? The film relives mountain climber
Aron Ralston’s harrowing ordeal during which he needs to amputate his own hand to survive.
Gross, yes; necessary, of course. Aron fortunately had the tools and knowledge to survive and
has since persevered and served as an inspiration. I’m pretty sure Aron and most other people
who end up in life-or-death situations don’t anticipate such ordeals and expect them to happen,
yet those who survive definitely have luck, likely possess hope, and possibly exhibit life-saving
knowledge. Pause to consider this statement: what would you do if you were stranded in the
wild? I am no survival expert but took the time to compile some helpful and possibly life-saving
tips. Listen up; I just might save your life. You can use many everyday items to signal for help
and to take care of basic survival needs.
If stranded in the wilderness, you might be able to benefit from items you already have
or items that litter the land. For one, people can use everyday objects to attract rescuers. On
Discovery Channel’s website, Bear Gryls, Man Versus Wild studly superstar, suggests using
lipstick to write “S.O.S” on top of vehicles or nearby rocks or using a mirror to signal rescue
planes. You could turn these items into beacons of attention. Great tips, but you might not be
rescued right away and will need the basics: water, shelter, and food. Clean water fuels survival
and lifts spirits. Gryls goes on to suggest creating a water filter with either bras or socks.
Howstuffworks.com writer Debra Ronca recommends using a soda can to store filtered water or
morning dew. Moving on, people need to shelter themselves from the elements to improve
chances of survival. Ronca and Gryls both tout the shoelace’s usefulness in binding items
together for building a shelter. Starting a fire after finding shelter can give one hope for
warmth, clean water, and cooked food. If you follow Bear’s advice, you could break a tampon
into fuzz for tinder and create sparks with a battery. If you do not have a battery, glass lenses
and sunshine can mix together to do more than fry bugs in the summertime. Ronca states one
can use light’s refraction through the glass lens to start tinder on fire. She outlines a few other
uses for those shoelaces and soda can: make a fishing line out of the shoelace and a fishing
hook with the soda can’s tab. One you have energy from water, sleep, and food, you may find
you need to rescue yourself. In such cases, you can save yourself Gryls style by creating your
own compass with the use of a wristwatch or a paper clip although you would need to find a
way to magnetize the paper clip. Regardless of the situation, creativity with everyday items can
help to save your life.
People can survive possibly catastrophic events by using their wits and everyday
items. A woman’s purse contains tons of useful items to signal for help, start fires, and maybe
even filter water. People can create homemade compasses with watches and paperclips. Even
litter can prove useful. Likely people who rescue themselves will have the best results.
Hopefully most do not need to go as far as Aron Ralston and lose a limb for survival, but one
must do whatever it takes in such situations. If you are ever in a life or death situation, search
for tools, count nothing out, and as Bear Gryls always does on his episodes of Man Vs. Wild, find
water and follow it because you are bound to then find people.