The Rule of Three’s goes like this. You’ve got only three minutes of life without air, three hours of life without shelter (in a cold weather emergency), three days to live without water, and 3 weeks to live without food. This means that we are taking care of the most pressing threat first, then the next, and so on. Since we could last for days without water, but only hours without shelter – we take care of shelter first. Because we could last almost a month without food – we place water at a higher priority than eating. Even though we may want to find water before we make shelter, or try to find something to eat before we find a water source, this order gives us a tried and true plan for survival. And if we successfully execute the plan – then we can make it until we are rescued.
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