How to Become Good at Sneaking (with Pictures)

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How to Become Good at Sneaking (with Pictures)
How to Become Good at Sneaking (with Pictures)

Have you ever tried to surprise someone secretly, but the person asked why you were making such a noise? Have you ever tried to sneak out of your house but was caught before you made it out the front door? Becoming an expert at sneaking takes practice, but anyone can learn how to do it. If you want to learn how to move through forests, city streets and your backyard without making a sound, keep reading this article.


Part 1 of 3: Moving Silently

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Step 1. Walk like an animal

Do you know how forest animals like deer and forest lions are able to move through the forest without making a fuss? In contrast, humans tended to walk noisily through the forest, which made other creatures aware of their presence from several hundred meters away. The secret to moving like an animal is to be in tune with your surroundings. Know the area where you are moving, and try to follow the flow of the area instead of moving against it.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings. If there is a tree branch hanging low in front, carefully crouch under it instead of breaking through and causing the leaves to rustle.
  • Walk where there is protection. Whether you're walking through woods, buildings or furniture, keep walking close to shelter, just as animals do. Don't walk in the open where you will be easily seen.
  • Move in a steady motion. Imagine the way a cat moves when it is following its prey. Move your body in a steady rhythm so that the sound you produce is also stable. Random sounds will be easier to notice.
  • Do silent running exercises and practice to be as quiet and as unobtrusive as possible. Don't worry about how fast you move.
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Step 2. Move closer to the ground

When you crouch close to the ground, you exert less force with each footstep, which allows you to walk almost silently. Practice walking in a squat position, which absorbs your weight with your knees. Use all your muscles.

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Step 3. Walk on tiptoes

Landing a footstep heel-first will usually produce a "thump" sound that can be heard by others. It also prevents you from squatting easily and spreads your weight evenly throughout your body. Walk on tiptoes first so you can move quietly and freely in any area. At first, this will feel unnatural, so it's important to practice often before testing your sneak moves.

You can also run on tiptoe first. This is easier to do barefoot or in shoes that don't have a lot of cushioning. Your body naturally tends to step on the balls of your feet rather than hitting the ground hard with your heels

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Step 4. Follow the regional flow

When you're trying to sneak, walking straight from point A to point B isn't always the best idea. Consider which paths can get you to where you're going with the least chance of being seen or heard. Find a way to get there without crossing other people's paths, staying out in the open too long, or stepping on something that makes a lot of noise.

  • If you're in the woods, trails along game trails or dirt trails are usually free of leaves and tree branches. Beware of puddles, gravel, bushes and rattling broken branches.
  • If you're on a city street, move along the edges of the buildings and sneak through the small alleys. Cross the street where there are large crowds of people. Avoid roads that have gravel, or are built of metal or wood grating, which tend to make loud noises. Avoid areas where your footsteps can echo, such as tunnels.
  • If you're indoors, sneak through the bulky furniture. Avoid a room full of scattered items. Use the back entrance instead of the front door. Choose carpeted rooms and stairs over hardwood floors and stairs.
  • If you walk up a wooden staircase, try to step in the middle of the steps at the edges. This section is structurally the strongest point on the ladder and should reduce creaking noise to a minimum.
  • Do not follow the path of the road if you are running away from a car chase. This should be obvious, but you will be surprised.
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Step 5. Know when it's time to be quiet

If you're following someone from behind or trying to move into a new position without being seen, there will come a time when silence is your greatest sneaking asset. When it becomes clear that someone has heard you step on a branch or nudge a piece of furniture, seek shelter and remain motionless like a stick. Wait patiently for the person to move on and become oblivious to your presence, then be careful to move silently to your destination.

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Step 6. Control your breathing

Breathe slowly and steadily so you don't hear it. Inhale through your nose, not your mouth. If you're out of breath, try to widen your throat as wide as you can until you feel comfortable. This may sound strange, but it works. Practice will make perfect.

If you're sneaking for the first time, you may be afraid of being caught, which can cause your breathing to speed up. If you're feeling panicky, try imagining that you're at the beach on a sunny, warm and beautiful day, or going to some other "fun place" in your mind. Continue until you feel calm

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Step 7. Practice light landings

When you have to jump over an obstacle such as a fence or bench, land lightly by allowing your entire body to absorb the impact, not just your feet and knees. Land on the balls of your feet and quickly change into a squat position. Find a landing spot free of noisy objects such as leaves or rocks.

Part 2 of 3: Wearing Sneaking Equipment

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Step 1. Choose footwear for sneaking

Footwear can help you become adept at sneaking or otherwise revealing your presence at all times. You need to choose the right footwear with the environment when you are going to move. Practice walking and running in the footwear you've chosen often, so you'll get used to the weak sound it makes.

  • If you are in a house, it is best to wear socks, as they are soft and fit comfortably. Going barefoot is also a good option. Bring shoes and wear them when you are safe from the house.
  • If you are in a place with a lot of grass or leaves, wear socks or go barefoot, with shoes. You can also wear shoes that look like toes (toe shoes) or shoes designed specifically for wet and dry environments (water shoes), but be careful because if these shoes are submerged in water, they can make a sound when your feet hit the ground..
  • To get through rocky places (coral, gravel, etc.), you must wear a pair of thick socks or go barefoot. Soft socks and bare feet absorb the impact, but the shoes will push the rock down and out, making the sound of the rock moving.
  • For walking in mixed environments, such as suburban roads with tarmac, gravel, and grass, wear running shoes that have soft, flexible soles. Be careful not to walk with your feet flat (as if wearing very heavy shoes) in these shoes.
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Step 2. Wear clothes that will disguise you

The clothes you choose should match the color of the place you are going to, and take the time into account as well. Wear dark colors at night, and colors that resemble natural colors during the day. Choose a fabric that is comfortable and doesn't make a hissing sound. Cotton fabrics are always a good choice, and soft polyester fabrics can also be used.

  • If you're taking a night out on the town, a tight black outfit is perfect. If you are in a natural area (field or forest), wear loose-fitting clothing to change and deform the human body. Wear browns and dark greens instead of black, as black stands out more.
  • Do not wear anything that will reflect light. Get rid of shiny jewelry, and try to wear contact lenses instead of glasses.
  • Try not to use heavy equipment. Heavy equipment will only make you tired and make it difficult to move. In addition, heavy equipment will also make a louder sound.
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Step 3. Consider purchasing a special eye kit

Night vision or infrared goggles are useful to help you see in the dark. Binoculars may also be useful if you need to see objects in the distance.

Part 3 of 3: Mission Success

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Step 1. Get to know the area

Explore the area during the day and take notes. Draw a map of the area you are going to explore and be sure to study it before starting your mission. Make it as detailed as possible, and draw every object that could be an obstacle or a source of protection, such as a group of trees, an empty shed, a large trash can, and so on.

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Step 2. Make hand signals to communicate

If you go with a friend, you won't be able to call each other. Learn sign language or create your own hand signals to help you navigate the area without speaking.

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Step 3. Use the bathroom before leaving

Have you ever played hide and seek and found a really good hiding place, then suddenly felt the urge to pee or have a bowel movement? Sometimes feelings of excitement and tension when caught, regardless of the situation, will stimulate a reaction in the bladder and colon. Even if you feel like you still don't need to use the bathroom, this is still good advice.

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Step 4. Use distraction techniques if needed

Bring some small, solid objects that you can throw and make some kind of loud noise. Make sure they are natural objects such as rocks or something appropriate to their environment, otherwise the person you are trying to distract will be suspicious. Throwing something can be used as a quick diversion if someone near where you're sneaking thinks they see something moving or hears something unusual.

  • Quickly remove one of the objects and throw it at the nearest hard surface in the opposite direction to make a sound. If the sound you just made is louder than the previous sound they heard, then they're more likely to look where it's coming from, so you can slip away unnoticed.
  • You can pick up a twig or other object and throw it in a certain direction. The person will go to check it out while you go in the opposite direction. But remember that if the object you are throwing is too large, then someone looking for you may see it and know not only that you are there, but also where it came from.
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Step 5. Don't do anything illegal

Do not enter other people's private premises without permission, and do not use this guide to commit theft in a home. If you do anything illegal, you will most likely get caught. Remember that movies are fiction, and thieves can escape because doing so will prolong the story.

Don't go somewhere with a fake gun. If using a replica firearm (airsoft gun), make sure the weapon is not loaded with bullets

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Step 6. Know what to do if caught

If you sneak into someone's page you don't know and that person yells at you, don't panic. Staying in a panic and breathing heavily is a natural instinct. Prepare a story or explain that you are just playing spy with your friends.

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Step 7. Don't be afraid to get dirty

Be prepared to roll in the grass and dive into ditches if you need to hide quickly.

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Step 8. Feel the sensation

There is an exhilarating sensation to go to an unfamiliar place simply because you are capable of it, without any ill will. This may seem strange, but it is a reality for many people who take part in "city adventures" (exploring man-made buildings, usually abandoned buildings, or unfamiliar places in a man-made environment). If you can't go out at night for an extreme experience, try free running.

One fun thing to do with a sneaky friend is to set a goal, such as picking up a loaf of bread in a remote place. It's best if it's something that can be done discreetly, but maybe not very easy, like removing an object from a container truck. Together with a friend, sneaking can create exciting and uplifting memories


  • When supervising in public, act like you're doing something. Chances are you won't be noticed if you seem busy doing something.
  • If you wear rubber shoes or any type of hard footwear, walk on the outer edge of your foot. This is what soldiers wearing combat boots do!
  • Try to walk around, and wiggle your ankles to make sure the rough heel disappears on a rough surface before slipping. Rough heels can create unwanted noise.
  • Remember that when you are outside in the dark and other people are in the room with the lights on, then when they look outside, they can't see you like you can see them. Enjoy walking invisible like a cat.
  • You can always use irregular shadows that work like a camouflage pattern. So if you're hiding, try to hide in irregular shadows.
  • When walking in areas where objects can make loud noises or make noise on the ground, wear socks or go barefoot if possible to keep them free of distractions and get them out of your way.
  • Holding your breath is good for better hearing, but be careful not to exhale too quickly.
  • Try to stay in an area where the sound level is already loud. If washing machines, field sprinklers, televisions, etc. make even a slight noise, it will help disguise the sound you are making.
  • Take the initiative to practice climbing a variety of objects in order to cope with situations that require rapid movement. Also, practice climbing an object with a friend if you can't reach the object alone.
  • Do not take cell phones, iPods, or any electronic items with you. The light from these various devices can reveal your location. It's okay to bring a small video camera, as long as it's small and there's no light on it. Surely you don't want to be caught because your friend texted you, right?
  • Bring a friend, because two people are better than one. Be careful who you choose. Make sure you have considered the situation before bringing a friend.
  • One of the biggest problems with sneaking is dogs. If dogs see you, they will bark. If they bark, the owner knows something is there. If he knew something was there, he would investigate. If he investigates, then he can find you.
  • If you have to run, stay crouched and land on the balls of your feet to reduce noise.
  • Never wear solid black in the woods, as solid black is unnatural, and it's best to wear a very dark blue, or dark green.
  • When with a friend, try to use only hand and eye signals. For example, if you're trying to sneak from point A to point B without being seen, use a gesture such as raising two fingers to your eyes to indicate that you're looking at someone, then raising the number of fingers that represents the number of people.
  • Always think about the shadows or reflections you might create. This is very likely to tell your position.
  • If you land your heel first, then slowly lower your forefoot, you won't make a sound that can be heard by the naked ear.
  • When passing through a door, either going in or out, turn the knob slowly while lifting the door as much as possible. This will remove tension from the door hinges and prevent the door from creaking. In addition, apply pressure with one hand to the center of the door. The surface of a door will amplify the sound of the hinge ringing, and pressing firmly against the door surface can reduce this effect.
  • If you approach a person (or group of people) who is near a light source that provides a lot of light (bonfires, lamp posts, etc.), try to stay away from the light source (but not too far away), as they are not adapted to darkness. This often works, but not always.
  • Never chew gum, because the sound is too loud.
  • You can move by bending over or crawling. In an enclosed area, try to find shelter and crouch.
  • If you get caught by your parents or friends, prepare an excuse. If you get caught by the police, be prepared to ride in the police car.
  • If possible, bring a video camera to record your sneak and watch it later.
  • Try to use light and dark green camouflage and makeup to hide your face and wear an army hat. If you don't have a hat, color your hair.
  • If you are in a house, know which parts of the wooden floor make a sound. If you're really trying not to get caught, try crawling to absorb the impact from the grass or whatever you're up against and they won't hear you.
  • Whether it's loose-fitting or tight-fitting, both have their advantages. Wearing loose-fitting clothing will make your reflection less human-like. Wearing tight clothing will make you less likely to touch people, trees, or other objects. It is highly recommended to wear clothes made of wool.
  • Buy lubricating oil, but not the type of spray, because it makes noise. Apply it on the door hinges to minimize the sound of the door creaking. It is recommended to use an odorless lubricating oil.
  • For tracing hardwood floors, try to stay close to the walls. Wooden planks will be less likely to sound.
  • Try to wear clothes that won't get caught by branches or twigs. Not only will it take some time to free yourself, but it will almost certainly make some noise.
  • If you have long hair, tie it back so it doesn't get caught.


  • Be prepared to suffer the consequences if you sneak up.
  • Do not use this guide to do anything illegal, because there will be consequences.
  • Keep in mind that stalking, spying, and hacking are illegal activities in most areas. If you are on someone else's land without permission, you can be jailed and fined.
  • Don't use these tips and tricks to harm others.
  • Be prepared to face the consequences if you get caught and have no excuse.
  • Make sure that you don't step on the glass or any rough surface.

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