A number can have a lot of power. If you’re new to survival or prepping, you may not be familiar with the lingo yet. That’s fine, that’s why you’re here. One of the common rules we have amongst survivalists and preppers is called the Rule of Threes.
The Rule of Threes States that you can:
- Survive Three Seconds Without Hope
- Survive Three Minutes Without Oxygen
- Survive Three Hours Without Shelter
- Survive Three Days Without Water
- Survive Three Weeks Without Food
- Survive Three Months Without Love
Normally, we know and can assume that you can survive for three minutes without oxygen. You can survive three hours without Shelter. You can survive three days without water. And you can survive three weeks without food.
Why did survivalists and preppers make this a rule? Because it’s a very simple set of priorities to go by. The rule of three’s an excellent sequence of care that you need to fix in an emergency.
The Survival Rule of 3s Explained
3 Seconds Without Hope
A big part of why preparation is so crucial is so that when SHTF, you don’t panic!
If you panic, you’re done. The first part of the rule of 3’s in survival states that you can only survive three seconds without hope. So be prepared for emergencies before they happen so you’re prepared.
You can’t think and more importantly, you can’t act to get yourself out of danger.
3 Minutes Without Oxygen
First, you need to make sure you can breathe. So without saying, if you’re drowning. Getting above water is priority number one. Before shelter or food, you need to be able to breathe.
3 Hours Without Shelter
After you can breathe without trouble. Next, you should worry about the shelter. Put all of your energy towards the next step in the rule of three’s sequence
3 Days Without Water
Yes, three days without water. That’s it.
The majority of your body is made up of water. We need it and we need a lot of it every day.
3 Weeks Without Food
So food is the last priority of importance for you. You can go a long time without food. If you’re stranded in the wilderness, your first instinct might be to go look for food. But in reality, food is the very last thing you should worry about. Shelter and water are first and most important.
3 Months Without Love
This is the last part of the survival rule of three’s. The essence of why we’re on earth. To reproduce and further the human species.
After three months of being alone, loneliness starts to occur. The dreadful feeling of loneliness perhaps may be a form of punishment for not being social and being helpful companions.
Watch this video on a simple explanation of the rule of threes.
Most Important Rule of Survival
With all of these survival rules, guidelines, and steps to follow in emergency situations where your safety is in jeopardy, many wonder what is the most important or what is the first rule of survival?
The first rule is to prepare for disasters and emergencies by gaining knowledge and working on survival skills. Also, I would say to develop a strong survival mindset first as well. Without the right mindset, no piece of wisdom or primitive skill is going to help you.
This rule of survival is essential to learn and remember at all times.
Knowing your priorities in a survival situation can make the difference between surviving and not.
Has the Survival Rule of Threes helped you in an emergency?