Fortunately, TikToker @dutchintheusa is a former Royal Marine, and is sharing some incredible survival advice on TikTok.
This is the kind of uncomfortable situation we never want to find ourselves in. But if it does happen, there's a way out.
As Dutch explains, you basically need to wriggle a bunch to move the ties to an area where you can slip out of them.
This might not be relevant for anyone who lives outside Florida or Louisiana, but that still means it's relevant for millions of people.
Long story short: keeping your food inside and putting up fences will largely keep your property gator-free.
You know how duct tape tears easily if you do it right? You can apply this principle even if you're tied up with tape. By shifting your arms, you can create a small tear that will eventually rip open.
These items aren't knives or pepper spray, but they're still good for self defence in a pinch. They are: a water bottle, especially a heavy one, a dog leash that can serve as handcuffs, and a beach umbrella.
In a survival situation, having a pointy object is a big plus. Here, Dutch explains that the spine of a coconut leaf is hard and fibrous enough to serve as a fishing spear. The plant's leaves can also be made into clothes in a pinch.
Dutch dons acrylics for this lesson. With acrylics, making a fist is going to hurt, so he recommends using your palm or a certain part of your finger. You'll throw a good punch without ruining your nails.
If you don't want to shell out for a hotel, try one of these places: a big Walmart parking lot, a big casino parking lot, a welcome center parking lot, a rest stop parking lot, or Bureau of Land Management land. Basically, look for big, well-lit parking lots.
This is no substitute for a real lock, but it's something you can put together in a hurry. All you really need for this one is a few forks and the strength to bend them.
The signs are subtle, so Dutch draws attention to them. Stuff like sunglasses to cover black eyes, scarves and long sleeves to cover up bruises, and constantly backing out of social obligations can be signs that someone's being abused.
Being in a car that's slowly sinking is a nightmarish scenario to consider. If the side doors and windows won't open, Dutch recommends smashing the back windshield. It's big and easier to break. Just watch out for the broken glass.
This philosophy can be applied to many things, but here, Dutch applies it to opening your door to people you don't know. He suggests simply asking people for credentials if they're knocking on your door and you don't know them.
If someone gets the jump on you and has a weapon, you're at a marked disadvantage. Rather than taking the risk of getting shot or stabbed, Dutch says the best policy is to simply hand over your valuables.
You're obligated to display a license plate on your vehicle, but all the other stuff, including bumper stickers, could give nefarious individuals some of your personal information.
It's best to remain anonymous and not put anything that could potentially identify you on your car.
Let's say you're trapped in a washroom. What do you do? If getting out is a matter of breaking a door or window down, just grab the top of the toilet tank. It's heavy and can do some serious damage.
In these situations, many of us busy ourselves with texting or listening to music, but this can make us vulnerable. Dutch says it's best to remain vigilant: take out those headphones and keep an eye on your surroundings.
I'd argue that freedom from a dangerous situation is more important than protecting your manicure from danger, but in case your priorities are different, Dutch has the trick for you.
When it's a piece of sporting equipment, like a baseball bat, of course! Other non-weapons that can be used for self defence in a pinch include a lighter and aerosol spray bottle for flame-throwing action.
Pickpockets abound in tourist-heavy areas, so protect yourself with these tips: keep your valuables in a hotel safe, invest in a wallet that's worn on your person, and carry a small amount of cash around.
Predators often prey on women at bars with unattended drinks. Since it's virtually impossible to monitor your drink all of the time, Dutch suggest using one of these devices to cover up your drink.
Here's a quick five step checklist for staying safe on a blind date: make sure to video chat with someone before meeting them, use public transportation or a personal cab, meet in public and pick the place, do not get intoxicated, and share details with family and friends.