How to Survive College

How to Survive College

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Congrats, you made it into College! That’s an accomplishment to truly be proud of. It is a long, winding road on the way to college. Surviving high school alone is difficult. Feel good about yourself!

Now, it’s on to the next big goal: surviving your first year of college. Your first year in college is generally the most difficult time there.

How to survive college is different for everyone, but there are some basics that apply to just about anyone. We have those basics here, for your reading pleasure. Enjoy and don’t forget – you can survive it!

Go to Orientation

Is it really necessary to hear professors talk and have college students give you a tour? Yes! You can gain a lot from orientation, including being able to find your way around campus better. Who knows – you might even make a friend or study buddy.

Stay Organized

In high school, things are generally done for you so you don’t have to stay too organized. This is majorly different in college. You are still given a syllabus, however it is up to you to organize everything. A schedule book is essential – if your phone breaks or an app crashes, you don’t want your schedule gone forever. Sticky notes you strategically place around your dorm can help with short term goals and plans. Don’t forget about that test on Tuesday!

Go to Every Class

This might seem like a no-brainer. However, you’re in control of your schedule in college. You pay to go there, and it’s not any professor’s responsibility to ensure you come to class. The temptation to skip class is ever present, so you need to have some self motivation and responsibility. You can miss something important at any given time.

Take Notes

Most assignments are now handed in online. The days of turning in a print-out essay are almost over. You need a dependable laptop to take notes and turn in assignments. There are many options, however we like this one if you are on a budget, and this one for a better long term investment. It’s worth it to keep all of your information in one place. Don’t forget to back everything up daily in case of a crash!

How to survive college depends entirely up to you. If you take our tips into consideration, you may find it to be a bit easier. We wish you the best on your educational journey!

Best Survival Movies

Best Survival Movies

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There’s no doubt that we love everything about survival here at Survival by Southern Zoomer. We have a post about the best Survival Video Games, along with some more serious posts like the one on Making a Hurricane Plan.

This particular list is for the best survival movies. We don’t mean in 2018, we’re talking about of all time. We all tend to find entertainment in things we can relate to.

Survivalists finding survival movies entertaining is no exception. In fact, we are confident anyone could find this list of movies entertaining because they’re that good! Please enjoy our list of the best survival movies of all time.

Cast Away

This movie is a must-watch. If you have never seen this film, I implore you to Netflix, Hulu, or rent it right at this very moment. Tom Hanks stars in this film about a man stranded on a deserted island. His only company? A volleyball he calls Wilson.

127 Hours

This film stars James Franco, portraying one of his most convincing roles ever. The best part? It is about a true story, that’s right – it actually happened. It shows a person who was truly willing to do anything to survive a hiking trip gone wrong.

28 Days Later

This is a zombie survival movie. It might not be based on fact, however it is riveting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Who’s to say this could never happen?

The Hunger Games

A dystopian future, a female lead, and a fight to the death. All for the entertainment of the richest class of people left in the world. This movie series is thrilling, and highly entertaining. The acting is also superb!

What’s your favorite survival movie? We hope you enjoyed our list of the Best Survival Movies of all time! They’re our favorites, but we would love to hear about yours. Sound off in the comments!

How to Survive a Long Flight

How to Survive a Long Flight

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Some people have to fly often for work purposes. It can be a real pain, mentally and physically. Maybe you don’t fly often, or rarely travel very far. Either way, if you have a long flight coming up, we have some tips on how to survive a long flight for you.


If the airline offers special meals (and they do), ask for one of these. The meal usually is more nutritious than the standard meal everyone else gets during the flight.

You also need to bring healthy snacks. Something with almonds is perfect, I personally love bringing some of these bars.

Drink LOADS of water! Yes, this does mean having to use the airline facilities more often. However, it’s worth it. It’s easier to get dehydrated on longer trips, and easier to forget to drink the appropriate amount of water.

Don’t drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages. This will dehydrate you even more.


Make sure your phone has a full battery before your flight, and bring an external battery (power bank) for recharging purposes. Just because your phone has to be on airplane mode, does not mean you can’t enjoy pre-downloaded music or movies.

Sleep Schedule

Try your best to sleep during the night – this means when it is night at your destination. This may help with jet lag and exhaustion issues from traveling far. A comfortable sleep mask does you well on long flights! Try listening to a white noise if you have troubles falling asleep. Make sure to download this before your flight as well. If you prefer silence, bring some good quality ear plugs.

Move Around

When that light above you says you can move around… do it! It may seem awkward walking up and down an aisle full of people, but you will be less stiff because of it. When you are confined to your seat, you can still move around. Simply look behind both shoulders every so often, and stretch out those legs.

We hope you have an easier time knowing how to survive a long flight with these tips. What are your best tips for surviving a long flight? Let us know in the comments section!


Best Survival Books

Best Survival Books

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Survival has so many aspects. Surviving outdoors in different weather conditions alone could take months or years to learn about, experience, and master.

Learning about what foods in the wild to eat or not eat can save your life, easily. Having and knowing how to use the right tools and items to survive is imperative.

Packing your first aid kit correctly can make a minor scrape or burn stay minor, instead of festering and infecting, causing larger issues. You can watch videos and read articles online, but it’s always best to have a physical reference to refer to. This is why we decided to make a list of the best survival books to have on hand, read, and learn.

Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen

This book is full of important smaller details such as how to make string, and the bigger things such as seeking shelter.

When All Hell Breaks Loose by Cody Lundin

This disaster survival guide tells you how to deal with a dead body – and I’m not sure if any other book truly covers that much. Find some ways to deal with very unique and unusual survival situations in this book.

Peterson’s Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants by Lee Allen Peterson

The difference between a berry that could cause diarrhea and dehydrate you and a berry that is perfectly safe to eat is an important distinction to know. This book is a must have reference guide!

The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook by Jeffrey Isaac, PA-C

First-Aid is knowledge that is a must-have in any survival situation. Toxins, dental problems, small injuries, and many others are covered in this handbook. It’s easy to understand, making it even better.

What’s your favorite survival book? Did you enjoy our list of best survival books? Let us know in the comments!

How to Survive an All Nighter

How to Survive an All Nighter

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It’s crunch time, and you have a report due. Or, perhaps you have an exam you need to study for. Maybe, you have a presentation at work that you need to prepare for last minute.

Surviving an all nighter is not something fun to do, and we do not recommend ever pulling an all nighter. The effects of sleep deprivation are not fun, and can be harmful to your body.

That being said, we do understand that these things are necessary sometimes. How to survive an all nighter does not have as much to do with survival, but with minimizing the potential negative effects.

These are simply tips. Note, I do not have a medical background or degree. Rather, I do have a background in pulling all nighters when necessary!

What to Eat & Drink

If you’re going to consume caffeine, spread it throughout the night and include a LOT of water. You don’t want to over do the caffeine, and you need to stay hydrated. Sugar is your enemy, and will make you crash faster. Try to eat healthy and line up good quality snacks.

Take Naps

Even if you can pull off a 20 minute nap every few hours, this is better than zero sleep. What’s even better is if you can sleep for a full 60-90 minutes at some point.

Temperature & Lighting

Cold temperatures and darkness make our bodies tired. Keep the lights on, and try to keep the temperature around 75-76 degrees Fahrenheit.

Don’t Drive

This can be very dangerous. Do NOT drive after pulling an all nighter. Call a cab, take a bus, but do not get behind the wheel. You may even be able to take a nap on the way to and from your destination!

Chew Gum

There are studies that show chewing gum can increase alertness. This is worth doing when you are pulling an all-nighter! Cinnamon gum might even improve your alertness further.

These tips are for informational purposes only. Again, I have no medical degree and have no medical background.

Surviving a Breakup

Surviving a Breakup

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Our closest connections are with people who may or may not stick around in our lives for good. It takes a lot of emotional effort, relationships, breakups, and heart breaks to find “the one.”

When you think you have the one, it makes it all that much harder surviving a breakup with that special person. Breakups do not usually end amicably. There’s tension, emotions, and both parties may not want it to end.

The emotions that accompany a breakup can take a huge toll on you both physically and emotionally. Surviving a breakup is hard, but it is possible. You will get through this. Here are some great tips for surviving a breakup.

1. Stay Healthy

Do not over drink, smoke, or start unhealthy habits. There are alternatives like healthy eating and doing yoga, or meditating. These activities will help you feel better, instead of worse. Working out is shown to decrease stress. Try some yoga for beginners or some simple meditation.

2. Let your feelings out

It’s not healthy to bottle up emotions. If you need a good cry, let it out. It’s best to have someone to reach out to as well, who can be there and support you in the tougher moments. You can get through this, but bottling up emotions can prolong the torture. A great way to let your feelings out is to actually write them down daily in a journal. There’s something therapeutic about writing feelings down on paper.

3. Hang out with positive people

When you’re feeling down or blue, a happy-go-lucky friend may not seem like your first choice. After all, misery loves company. However, it can do you a lot of good to surround yourself with positive people instead of negative Nancy’s. The dominant emotion in a group tends to spread to the less dominant. So positivity can come a long way, even to you. The power of positive thoughts is an extremely powerful thing!

4. Give to others and be grateful

Giving your time or donations to others is a very therapeutic process. It makes you have positive feelings and emotions. Helping others truly does help you. It’s something you can continue, even after you fully recover from your breakup. Volunteer, donate, repeat.

It may seem like you will never get through this. But you will survive this breakup, and you will recover.


How to Survive a Toxic Work Environment

How to Survive a Toxic Work Environment

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Not every job you have is your dream job, or even an ideal job. Sometimes, we accept positions because we have to do what we have to do. Or maybe, you love your job. Possibly, it’s the environment that is toxic.

How to survive a toxic work environment is something important to know. We all deal with it at some point in our lives, and it’s not very much fun. Don’t worry, you can persevere!

Staying sane in these situations may seem like a difficult task, but we are here to help you with some ideas and thoughts on how to survive a toxic work environment.

1. Leave work at work

Don’t take work home with you! If your work environment is toxic, there’s no good reason to bring that toxicity home with you. Don’t check your work e-mails when you are not on the clock. Don’t even accept a work phone call when you’re at home.

2. Stay true to yourself

There is a large chance toxic office politics are at play in any toxic work environment. Don’t give in, and do not compromise your character. Favors are one thing, being asked to sweep something under the rug so someone else doesn’t find out is another thing. Don’t participate in any workplace drama. When it’s already toxic, it’s easy to get caught up and lose yourself in it.

3. Keep your space positive

Whether you have a cubicle or an office, it’s your work space. Make it a positive one! Surround yourself with colors that make you happy, maybe diffuse an essential oil diffuser. Put pictures of your family in your space. Maybe even use some quirky workplace humor with a calendar or a sign.

4. Have an exit plan

Even if you are going to work at the same place for months or years, know how to leave when the time comes. If things don’t change and it stays a toxic work environment, leaving will become the only option in the future. Have your plan ready ahead of time, so you can cut ties without burning bridges.

Top Survival Games 2018

Top Survival Games 2018

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Survival is something serious. You must be ready to survive any type of situation, whether it be financial, life-threatening, or life-altering.

We practice ways to survive to stay prepared. You can read books on finding edible wild berries, and then go out and find wild berries for practice.

After watching a video on how to build a fire, it’s a pretty good idea to go ahead and build a fire. These are all wonderful ways to prepare. However, there are also some very fun ways to practice survival skills. We have a list of the top survival games 2018 – and you can have a lot of fun surviving with these!

The Long Dark

There are no other people in this game. No zombies, no friends, no people to protect. It’s just you against the elements. You have to maintain calories, body temperature, water intake, and more.

Don’t Starve

At first, you may think this game is cute. The graphics are cartoon-like in nature. However, you have to manage your time and resources carefully. Oh, and there are also monsters to fight.

State of Decay

This game can be summed up in one word: intense. You have to scavenge and loot, of course. But, you also have to recruit other survivors and manage their attitudes. They respond to events just like a person in a survival situation might. Time to lead correctly in order to survive!

Friday the 13th – The Game

Okay, so this one may not help you in a real life scenario… or will it? Players all play to survive against Jason Vorhees. One player gets to play Jason, and the others are simply trying to survive. You never know, you might be preparing to survive against a psychopath one day!

We hope you enjoy the top survival games 2018 has to offer. Play, prepare, survive!

How to Survive Moving

How to Survive Moving

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There are many things we go through in life that may not be fun, but are worth it. For example, childbirth may not be the funnest of activities – however you get a beautiful baby to raise in exchange.

Moving is one of those things most of us do multiple times throughout our lives. Maybe you have a job offer waiting for you in another state, or maybe you’re moving into a house from an apartment.

Whatever the case may be, you need to know how to survive moving because it can be a stressful, expensive process.

Save up

Moving is expensive. There are moving companies that make moving a heck of a lot easier than trying to pile all of your furniture into your car, or even a truck. Using movers tends to reduce stress, making it worth it.

You also normally have to have a down payment or a deposit saved up, depending on whether you’re buying or renting. Boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and other supplies – they all cost money. Give yourself at least six months before you move to build up a savings specifically for moving.


Don’t stress too much about moving. If you gave yourself enough time, you can pack little by little each day.

If it’s an unexpected and sudden move, get friends to help, or even hire help. Take a relaxing bath and use essential oils to soothe your muscles, which can tense up from stress.

How to survive moving is not all about financials. You must take care of yourself as well, and do not let the whole process overwhelm you. Try some yoga in between packing up!

Remember that the finish line is near. The move will happen, and you will be in a home of your own. Knowing this can put your mind at ease.

Prepare for Marriage Financially

Prepare for Marriage Financially

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There are so many things we need to prepare for, and we need to survive. Financial preparedness is a way to prepare for just about anything.

Let’s be honest, marriage is something to survive! If it was easy, it would not be a big deal. Divorce would not exist.

Did you know one of the top reasons for divorce is financial issues? I’m not saying it will cause a divorce for certain, but financial issues almost always have an impact on a marriage. To prevent this, you must prepare for marriage financially. Let’s look at some ways to do just that.

Create an Emergency Savings

Why? Because weddings and marriages cost money. You are going to spend a lot of money on a wedding, a house, having children, and other things as well.

When something throws a wrench in those plans, you want to be able to cover those wrenches. Many people only have $1,000 or less in their emergency fund. This is not enough! You should have enough money to cover three months of expenses and bills at any given time.

Hospital bills can accrue, opportunities may arise, and you need the financial safeguard to make sure these things can happen. Here is a great book on how to start.

Share Money and Budget

It’s very difficult to budget anything as a couple if money is separated. You need to make all financial decisions together.

If one person is saving all of their money and the other is being less than frugal, it’s not fair and can lead to animosity and fights. No one wants that in their marriage!

Instead, create a financial spreadsheet with your partner and stick to a budget, using both of your funds for both spending and saving. Use a budgeting planner for some extra help to prepare for marriage financially.

Are you already in financial stress? No worries! You and your partner can turn everything around. Thousands of couples and individuals have benefited from reading this book by David Ramsey.

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