There are two types of people, those who would have no problem surviving a zombie apocalypse or on a deserted island, and those who should read the following list because they definitely need to learn a survival hack or two. A month ago a reddit user asked "What are some life-saving tips you think people need to know and in what situation would they be used?" and most of us could benefit from the responses.


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From creating a compass out of a leaf and a needle to performing life-saving CPR, these are the tips and tricks that might help you in the future!

Scroll down for some innovative hacks, and don't forget to tell us what you think in the comments!

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#1 What To Do If You See A Service Dog Without Their Owner

What To Do If You See A Service Dog Without Their Owner

"If a service dog comes to you for attention, immediately locate their owner, they could be using a last ditch effort to get help. A few months ago when I was on a delivery for work, I was stopped by a dog who ran out in the middle of the road (residential). I got out and tried to move the dog, but it followed me all the way to the door... Read More

"If a service dog comes to you for attention, immediately locate their owner, they could be using a last ditch effort to get help. A few months ago when I was on a delivery for work, I was stopped by a dog who ran out in the middle of the road (residential). I got out and tried to move the dog, but it followed me all the way to the door of my delivery. Once I was done I checked the dogs tag to bring it home, and I noticed he had all kinds of medical tags. After I realized what the dog was trying to do, I ran towards the correct address and the dog led me through a screen door on the porch. His owner was passed out on the floor, and I called 911. The individual had a phone (brought by the dog) by its head, and a bag of medications by his side. The dog had done everything it was trained to do, but the person had passed out before it could do anything. The ambulance came, got his pulse back, and took him to the hospital. I don't know if he ended up surviving, but if I hadn't checked the dog's tags and realized it was a medical animal, I wouldn't have hurried, blatantly invite myself in his house, and ultimately get him to a point of survival."

Akhenatenaten , Found Animals Foundation Report

diane a 1 week ago

Any dog that is distressed and obviously wanting to be followed needs attention. Any owner can fall ill or be injured, not just owners with medical assistant animals

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#2 What To Do After A Nuclear Explosion

What To Do After A Nuclear Explosion

"Nuclear warfare is a serious threat that hasn't been mentioned yet. The following was common knowledge during the cold war era, but most people my age don't know what to do in a nuclear disaster. In a nuclear explosion most of the damage and death is caused by the shockwave the blast creates, not the fireball which has a comparatively small radius. One day you may find yourself outside or... Read More

"Nuclear warfare is a serious threat that hasn't been mentioned yet. The following was common knowledge during the cold war era, but most people my age don't know what to do in a nuclear disaster. In a nuclear explosion most of the damage and death is caused by the shockwave the blast creates, not the fireball which has a comparatively small radius. One day you may find yourself outside or looking out a window to see an extremely bright flash. As bright as if you were staring straight at the sun. Do not attempt to locate the source of the flash. You have maybe 8-10 seconds to respond if you're far enough away from the fireball. Lay face down on the ground and put your thumbs in your ears and fingers over your eyes. Breathe through your teeth. Since you're laying face down the shockwave will mostly pass over you. If you're standing up it can cause your lungs, eardrums, and other organs to explode. Once the shockwave passes over you, you need to find shelter immediately. I said before that most death from the explosion is caused by the shockwave. Well, FAR more death is subsequently caused by nuclear fallout AFTER the blast. Do not attempt to travel anywhere. Just get underground. If you're next to a complete stranger's house or a business, don't hesitate to go inside and hide out under as much concrete and steel as possible. You need to remain in this location for the next 48 hours. This is critical. Even if you survive the blast if you attempt to go home and spend just 20 minutes outside traveling you will more than likely die of radiation sickness. Radioactive material after a blast decays exponentially and you will be safe to try and find your loved ones after 48 hours. If you don't wait this out, you definitely won't be alive to find them. When you're ready you need to leave the city and get as far from the fallout as you can."

rasmeverson , AlexAntropov86 Report

MJ 1 week ago

What to do in a nuclear disaster: kiss your *ss goodbye...

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#3 How To Call For Help In A Public Area

How To Call For Help In A Public Area

"If you find yourself hurt in a public place, direct your pleas to one person, not to the crowd cause everyone will think that ”somebody else will help you”. It is called the bystander effect."

ami_toonaive , derfokel Report

GlassOfWater 1 week ago

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#4 If You Think You're Being Followed - Turn Right Four Times

If You Think You're Being Followed - Turn Right Four Times

"If you think you're being followed turn right four times. Since you'll get to the same place they shouldn't be following you anymore. If they do, you might be in trouble. Since it's a common warning that you shouldn't go home when you think someone is following you, the smartest is to go to a police station."

MentLDistortion , brraveheart Report

Arietis 1 week ago

This works in cities that were designed on a grid. In most eurpean cities you'd just get lost :D

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#5 If You're Lost - Stop Freaking Out

If You're Lost - Stop Freaking Out

"If you ever get lost, the first thing to do is stop moving. Sit down, stop freaking out, and think. If you give in to panic and lose your head, you can screw things up so badly for yourself that help will never find you. Remember the rule of three: Starvation will kill you in three weeks. Thirst will kill you in three days. Cold will kill you in three hours. Lack... Read More

"If you ever get lost, the first thing to do is stop moving. Sit down, stop freaking out, and think. If you give in to panic and lose your head, you can screw things up so badly for yourself that help will never find you. Remember the rule of three: Starvation will kill you in three weeks. Thirst will kill you in three days. Cold will kill you in three hours. Lack of oxygen will kill you in three minutes. Panic will kill you in three seconds."

shintaru_kamachi , Premnath Thirumalaisamy Report

Pamela Storer 1 week ago

As a one time mountain child I would also add, if you are walking in mountains or high hills with cliff drops and mist comes down, look quickly for the nearest rock or bush and huddle under or close to it. Failing that, just stay put. Walking in mist , you walk off the edge of drops and die when you can't see what's in front of you.

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#6 Seek Shelter If Your Hair Starts Floating Before A Storm

Seek Shelter If Your Hair Starts Floating Before A Storm

"If you're outside in a lightning storm and your hair starts floating, seek immediate shelter. You're about to be struck by lightning. If immediate (within 15 seconds of movement) shelter is not available, put both your feet together, squat down on the balls of your feet, and grab your ankles. If you're struck, this will give the lightning a direct path down to the ground and hopefully minimize damage."

Deodorized , Ken Bosma Report

Harold Summer 1 week ago

Yep, just grab your ankles. You're screwed.

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#7 How To Know If Someone Is Drowning

How To Know If Someone Is Drowning

"A person who is drowning doesn't look like people drowning on TV. When someone is drowning they rarely cry out, can't wave their arms around, and will often just bob/sink at the surface for a very little while, often gasping, before submerging. Don't expect it to look like the movies when you're keeping an eye on swimmers."

flora_poste_haste , Senior Airman Meagan Schutter Report

diane a 1 week ago

I almost drowned - no-one noticed. Local swimming pool aged 10/11 being an idiot and doing handstands into the water. I slipped and hit the middle of my spine on the edge of the pool hitting the water in the 7ft deep end. I was temporarily paralysed and sunk to the bottom, luckily floating back up in time to breathe even though I couldnt move. Parents - dont let your kids play games around deep water

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#8 How To Save Yourself And Others From Drowning

How To Save Yourself And Others From Drowning

"If you fall into water, don't panic. You don't have to be able to swim; you just have to float. Hold your breath and let yourself bob to the surface. If someone is in trouble in the water, they will absolutely kill you in mindless panic. Bring something with you - a float, a rope, a towel - and use that to bridge the gap between you so you can tow... Read More

"If you fall into water, don't panic. You don't have to be able to swim; you just have to float. Hold your breath and let yourself bob to the surface. If someone is in trouble in the water, they will absolutely kill you in mindless panic. Bring something with you - a float, a rope, a towel - and use that to bridge the gap between you so you can tow the person in. If you must make direct contact, come up from behind and slip your arm across the victim's chest. Pull the victim's back to your chest and keep his/her arms facing away from you. I've been in the deathgrip of a fat little 8 year old and he nearly took me out. If a panicked drowner does grab you, do everything in your power to go down toward the bottom. Most will let go; that's the last place they want to go. Recognize that even if you are both a strong swimmer and a trained rescuer, you are still risking your own life if you go to the aid of a swimmer in trouble. Take it very seriously."

IThinkThingsThrough , pxhere Report

Didi 1 week ago

They taught us knock them out if you have to

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#9 The Rule Of Three - Getting Lost In The Desert

The Rule Of Three - Getting Lost In The Desert

"A few survival tips for mainly the desert but also a lot of places. If you are lost in the desert, or a lot of places for that mater, the number one thing you can carry to increase your chances of being found is a small reflective mirror. Anytime a plane flies overhead you can reflect light towards them and you greatly increase your chances of being found. This seriously is... Read More

"A few survival tips for mainly the desert but also a lot of places. If you are lost in the desert, or a lot of places for that mater, the number one thing you can carry to increase your chances of being found is a small reflective mirror. Anytime a plane flies overhead you can reflect light towards them and you greatly increase your chances of being found. This seriously is more important than carrying more water with you (not that water doesn't help, its just not realistic to carry that much water on your back). Furthermore, if you get stranded in the desert with a vehicle, do not leave your vehicle to find people. You are a lot harder to see than your vehicle and your car can provide shelter (your car has some good reflective mirrors to signal with, especially the rearview mirror). People die all the time doing this, often found only mere miles from their car. Finally, the universal sign for needing to be rescued is waving two arms up and down. If you wave only one arm to a passing plane, you will not be helped, or at least are less likely to be helped. Also, because a few people have been wondering what to do if you can't use both of your arms, there is another universal way to signal for help that is more versatile. The way I can best describe it is three of anything quick signal. Three gunshots, three whistle blows, three flashes of a flashlight, three flashes from a reflective mirror, etc. Just make sure they are spaced widely enough (at least one second) and that you spend a considerable time before making your next three signals. There have been many deaths that could have been prevented had this advice been followed."

RIPGeorgeHarrison , jbdodane Report

GlassOfWater 1 week ago

I'm gonna disagree with the whole 'a mirror is more important than more water' thing. In Australia one of the main causes of death when people get lost/isolated is heat exhaustion. Our sun is a killer. Also staying with your vehicle is super duper important. Can't emphasise it enough.

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#10 How To Remove A Sharp Object From A Deep Wound

How To Remove A Sharp Object From A Deep Wound

"Do not pull objects (knife, glass, splinter etc) from a deep wound. They might be sealing or slowing flow from an artery or they might cut an artery when you pull them out. Put pressure around such an object to slow bleeding till emergency responders take over."

A40 , James Case Report

Jagarundi 1 week ago

Especially if has a rhythmic vibration coming through the object. It's being affected by the victim's pulse and may be close to their heart.

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#11 What To Do If You See A Bear

What To Do If You See A Bear

"If it's brown lie down, if it's black fight back, if it's white you're f**ked. For bear encounters. I've met so many casual hikers in bear country with no idea there are bears in the same woods as them."

SpacefaringGaloshes , Lilla Frerichs Report

PJ Colella 1 week ago

I was riding an ATV up an access road on some rural land I own when a black bear stepped out on the road ahead of me, then turned to face me. I put the machine in neutral and stood up on the foot rests, spreading my jacket out to my sides. I revved the engine. The bear turned and ran

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#12 Pay Attention To Your Gut

Pay Attention To Your Gut

"Pay attention to your gut and natural intuition. If you feel like you're in danger, it's because you're in danger, even if you can't quite articulate why. If a person seems sketchy or threatening, it's because they are. Intuition is finely developed by evolution, and generally speaking it will only fail you when you mindf**k yourself and deny it in order to appease an extremely modern sense... Read More

"Pay attention to your gut and natural intuition. If you feel like you're in danger, it's because you're in danger, even if you can't quite articulate why. If a person seems sketchy or threatening, it's because they are. Intuition is finely developed by evolution, and generally speaking it will only fail you when you mindf**k yourself and deny it in order to appease an extremely modern sense of political correctness. Read "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker. Frequent pre-victimization indicators displayed by predators include: 1. Forced Teaming. This is when a person implies that they have something in common with their chosen victim, acting as if they have a shared predicament when that isn't really true. Speaking in "we" terms is a mark of this, i.e. "We don't need to talk outside... Let's go in." 2. Charm and Niceness. This is being polite and friendly to a chosen victim in order to manipulate him or her by disarming their mistrust. 3. Too many details. If a person is lying they will add excessive details to make themselves sound more credible to their chosen victim. 4. Typecasting. An insult is used to get a chosen victim who would otherwise ignore one to engage in conversation to counteract the insult. For example: "Oh, I bet you're too stuck-up to talk to a guy like me." The tendency is for the chosen victim to want to prove the insult untrue. 5. Loan Sharking. Giving unsolicited help to the chosen victim and anticipating they'll feel obliged to extend some reciprocal openness in return. 6. The Unsolicited Promise. A promise to do (or not do) something when no such promise is asked for; this usually means that such a promise will be broken. For example: an unsolicited, "I promise I'll leave you alone after this," usually means the chosen victim will not be left alone. Similarly, an unsolicited "I promise I won't hurt you" usually means the person intends to hurt their chosen victim. 7. Discounting the Word "No". Refusing to accept rejection."

StaplerLivesMatter , sanya-marishka Report

Amy Begun Saab 1 week ago

Wish i read this before i married a sociopath. The "perfect man" does all these things. Once married, and they will rush you into it, you're screwed. I should've listened to my gut. Or his family's observations. His brothers commented several times by saying, "wow, I've never seen him so happy before" but with puzzlement on their faces. Or "He never ALLOWED anyone to take his picture before" these are all signs the family knows this guy has been trouble. All women should see the movie Frozen (I'm not kidding) remember the younger sister asking to get married the same day? And throughout the movie you want her not to fall for Hans? Only to go back to the one she really wants? He closes the door & reveals himself to be a monster. I cannot tell you how much that movie was my life. Never ever fall for the "perfect man" ask around, his friends & family. Look to their reactions to him. More often than not, he won't have many or any friends.

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#13 Buy A Plunger And A Fire Extinguisher

Buy A Plunger And A Fire Extinguisher

"Buy a plunger and fire extinguisher before you need a plunger or fire extinguisher."

loveallthingskawai , Darren Scott Report

Andres Tejeda 1 week ago

because shitty situations are no fun, neither is a fire.

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#14 What To Do If You're Being Tied Up

What To Do If You're Being Tied Up

"If you’re being tied up, puff yourself out as much as possible so it’ll be easier to wiggle out of. Tense muscles, inhale deep and stretch out your arms and legs to make more space."

snazzypurplefish , Noelle Otto Report

King Kona 1 week ago

This is helpful

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#15 How To Start A Fire With Chips

How To Start A Fire With Chips

If you’re having trouble starting a fire due to damp tinder, any high-calorie food can help, especially chips. Simply take a few chips and light them on fire - it won’t deplete your food supplies and will greatly aid starting a fire.

Tim Macwelch , marcelokato Report

Troux 1 week ago

*Doesn't work in the UK.

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