Many people falsely believe that they can survive just about any situation if they are armed with the perfect gun, or cabin deep in the woods. No matter if you’re walking through the desert trying to get back to the city, surviving a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or flood, the one thing that is going to save you is your brain.
Being able to think outside the box may be the difference between you surviving or not. So here we present 37 survival hacks that may just help you survive should the worst happen.
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by Jeremy Knauff
In a survival situation, you’ll usually either have a disposable water bottle or a Nalgene bottle on hand, or you’ll likely be able to find a disposable water bottle because of thoughtless litterers who have passed through the area before you. Thanks to the curve of the bottle and refraction from the water, you can focus sunlight into a beam capable of igniting tinder to start a fire. It’s not as intense as the beam you’ll get from a true magnifying lens, but it’s better than nothing.
I recommend storing as much food as space allows, but true sustainability can only be achieved by growing your own food. Using old toilet paper tubes filled with soil is a great way to get your seeds started in an easily controlled environment, and once the sprouts get large enough to move outdoors, you can simply place the tubes into holes in the ground. The cardboard will disintegrate, and the roots will grow down through the open bottom.
The packaging that rice and beans come in is porous and easily torn which reduces the shelf life of your valuable food. A better alternative is to transfer these dry goods into 2–liter soda bottles, which are made from much thicker plastic and offer an air-tight seal. If like my family, you don’t drink soda, you can probably get more than enough bottles from friends. You can ensure an even greater shelf-life by adding an oxygen absorber to each bottle.
You can use AAA batteries in place of AA batteries by simply balling up some aluminum foil to fill the gap in the battery compartment. Both types of batteries output 1.5 volts and differ only in amperage (AA batteries produce a little more than twice the amps than AAA batteries do) but in a device like a weather radio or flashlight, this isn’t something to worry about.
I think we can all find an empty beer (or soda) can lying around, and when combined with a candle, we have a handy improvised lantern that produces a fair amount of light.
Darren Hall posted this genius improvised bow made from a bike wheel and parts you can find in any hardware store, and shares his step-by-step instructions on Instructables.com.
Need to cross a river or lake without being devoured by alligators, frozen to death, or drowned by your gear? Simply lay out a tarp and pile small lightweight branches (the idea is to fill it with buoyant materials that will also create plenty of air pockets) in the center, then wrap the ends up and bind the entire raft with paracord or string. Be sure to test your raft thoroughly in shallow water to ensure it will carry your weight and not fall apart before venturing into deeper water.
If you have kids, you likely have far more crayons lying around the house and in the couch cushions than will ever be needed—these make great emergency candles.
Anytime you venture into the wilderness, you should carry a few pieces of chalk—ideally, those giant sticks of sidewalk chalk. If you happen to get lost, marking your path along the way (on trees and/or rocks) are useful both to ensure you don’t wander in circles and to help search and rescue crews track you down. The chalk is environmentally friendly and will eventually wash away. Hopefully, after you’ve found your way home or been rescued.
You can make a super simple, super effective improvised arrow or spear head from an old circuit board. Enough said.
Simply plug a wick into a can of Crisco to create a makeshift candle. This is about the same brightness as a typical candle, but it lasts much longer. I’m told it will burn continuously for 30 days, but I’m not sitting around long enough to verify that. Bottom line: it burns for a really long time.
This will make you think twice about the crap you’re putting into your body. Doritos and most other snack chips are highly flammable and make great tinder. You’ll just need to weigh your needs carefully—will the calories in your belly or a toasty fire be more valuable based on your current food supply, environment, and physical condition?
Improvised weapons come in handy, and we all know duct tape fixes everything. This takes it a step further using duct tape to create things; in this case, arrow fletching. Simple, cheap, and effective—what more could you ask for?
I want to emphasize that while you can use an egg to plug a hole in a leaking radiator, this is an absolute last resort. It may or may not work (it depends on heavily on luck because a bit of egg must lodge into the leak) and may cause permanent damage by plugging up your heater core—so only use this technique if it’s your only way out of a survival situation.
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