Bear Grylls has indeed made a name for himself when it comes to surviving outdoors. If you are caught out in the wilderness without the proper preparations, you’ll need to know Bear Grylls top survival tips to help you cope with your situation.

Stay Calm

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Having a panic attack will not change your situation. You need to keep a cool head and figure out what to do next for your survival.

Tone Down the Fear

Feeling fear is normal, but it’s up to you to how much you let it control your actions. Remember that fear is mostly about expectations of what might happen, not what you are facing right now. So, put the fear you are feeling into its proper perspective, so you keep energized.

Be Proactive

If you are still having issues calming down, be proactive and start doing things that can help you survive. Building a fire is a good place to start, or you can find an open area where you can be spotted. In any case, you need to take charge of the situation if you are going to survive.

Know What You Can Eat

There are many things in the wilderness that you can eat and many that you cannot. You will need to do your research so that you understand what can be consumed.

If you are in the jungle, for example, palm nuts are plentiful and provide 81 calories and 15 grams of carbs which can sustain you for a long time.

Drink Your Urine

It may not seem pleasant at first, but without water, you will die in 3 to 5 days. Your urine may save your life by keeping you hydrated until you can be rescued.

Build a Signal Fire

To be rescued, you will need to attract attention to your location and a signal fire is the best way to do it. You’ll need to know how to build a fire and sustain it. Plus, you can use the alcohol or Vaseline from your first aid kit to get the fire really burning.

Be Stingy with Your Mobile Phone

As soon as you know that you are lost, keeping the battery alive in your cell phone or smartphone is a must. You will only want to turn it on sparingly to find a signal and husband its power so that when you get a connection, you can call for help.

Backpack Liners Make Excellent Floatation Devices

If you must cross a river, especially a fast moving one, you’ll need ever advantage to stay afloat. This will mean using your backpack liner as a floatation device which will be very helpful in keeping you in control.

Stay Strong

To look after others, you’ll have to take care of yourself. This means making sure that you are taken care of so that you can caring for those in your group.

Keep Smiling

A positive attitude can go a long way towards getting you out of your situation. This means that you need to smile and laugh to keep things light so you can improve your chances of survival.

If you follow these 10 Bear Grylls survival tips, you will increase your chances of being found and rescued considerably.


My name is John Winger, I was born and raised in Virginia. I spent a good part of my early adult life in the US military, namely the Army and served in Iraq. I saw my fair share of combat missions and thanks to that experience I have a better understanding and appreciate for what my country means to me and the world.