Check out these soda can survival hacks, and see if you can come up with any survival hacks of your own! I’ve said it before, but I really can’t emphasize this enough: there’s no survival skill more important than improvisation. Take a soda can, for example. You can get a ton of uses out of an empty soda can, including these soda can survival hacks. So don’t throw them away just yet! Also, you are likely to find soda cans anywhere, which means you can survive by arming yourself with these simple soda can hacks!
Soda Can Survival Hacks that Could Save Your Life!
1. Soda Can Improvised Lamp
It might not seem like much–in fact, it probably seems like a piece of trash. But there are several surprising survival hacks which can turn a common soda can into a useful survival tool.
Take this improvised soda can lamp. Simply draw a big “I” on the side of the can. Cut the lines with a razor, then open it up and put a tea candle inside. Use the tab as a hanger.
2. DIY Soda Can Survival Torch
See this wonderful video from Open Green Energy and see how these unlikely tools can make an effective torch. To make this simple torch/lamp, take two soda cans and cut them in half. You will only need the bottom half of the soda cans. Join the soda cans to make another container, and punch holes on the top half. Pour some cooking oil or tiki torch fuel into the can. Dip a rolled paper towel into cooking oil or tiki torch fuel, then insert into the hole. Light the paper towel/fuse and voila! You got yourself a lamp or a torch.
3. Penny Can Stove
What is great about soda cans, survival- and improvisation-wise, is that they’re easy to work with. You can easily cut and punch holes through its pliable aluminum material with any cutting tool. Soda cans and your regular Swiss army knife can go a long way. Any pointed tool will even do to make this penny can stove. You can also learn how to make a twin tin survival stove from soda cans here!
4. Survival Whistle
A whistle is important in a survival situation where you are trapped and need rescuing. You should know by now, shouting at the top of your lungs for help will do you no good. A whistle should take care of that for you, but how many of us always keep a whistle in handy? You are likely to find soda cans lying around in a survival situation than you would a whistle. Watch this video from Black Scout Survival and learn how to make a whistle from a soda can!
5. Hanger or Hook
Survival hacks are a great way to put your skills to the test and see how many uses you can come up with for a common object. How about this: Paracord + pull tab = strong hanger hook! You will doubt this little baby but put it to the test and you will be just as amazed as I am. It can lift objects heavier than expected. This is perfect when you want to put food higher to keep out of animals’ reach when out camping. You can also use this to lift objects up high if you can’t carry them all up to an elevation.
6. Fishing Hook
It can be pretty tricky to make this fishing hook survival hack from a soda can tab. But if you have the proper tools (like pliers, which you should always have in your toolbox), you can make this fishing hook easily like how it’s done in this video from All Entertainment. If you are in a survival situation, you just have to explore all options. This may seem not much, but it has been tested to have actually served its purpose. Meaning, it did catch fish!
7. Use Soda Cans to Make Char Cloth
Starting a fire seem easy enough on television. Even Survivor has episodes where the contestants struggled to start a fire on the first days. Even with a flint or an igniting device, the struggle doesn’t end there. You will need an effective tinder to start a fire fast and easy. A char cloth is one of the most effective tinder, but even then, you still need fire to make some. But with a char cloth, starting a fire with improvised objects will be easier. Learn how to use soda cans to make char cloth in this video from UK Survival and Bush Craft Tips, and start a fire easier next time around.
8. How to Start a Fire with a Soda Can and Char Cloth
With a char cloth, bright sun, and patience, you can light a fire with the bottom of a soda can. Now you have a char cloth (as shown in the item above), an igniting device in the soda can. Find out how you can make an effective reflector/igniting device as you read the next entry on this list.
9. A Reflector or Signaling Mirror
This soda can survival hack is pretty much straightforward. The bottom of the can be tweaked to work like a mirror. It can work as a signaling device and you can even use it to start a fire. Simply buff the bottom with a cloth and aluminum polish. The shinier it is, the better!
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You might think, things like empty soda cans and other discarded items are useless, but think again. Soda can survival hacks like the ones listed above can turn your trash into survival treasure. Knowing these survival hacks could mean your ultimate survival. It also goes to show, you can do anything with a little creativity and skill!
Will you put these soda can survival hacks to the test? We’re excited to know how your improvisation is going to work out. Do share them in the comments section below!
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Surviving the family camping trip requires more than food, water, and shelter. In order to return from the wilderness with your sanity intact, not to mention keep whining to a minimum, you need to keep your little zombies comfortable. The best way to do this is to get organized, and getting organized starts with packing the car. Here are some hacks that will inspire you to get creative on your trip!
Camping Made Simple | 5 Hacks to Help You Get Started
1. Bring Only the Essentials
Ever hear the expression, “you can’t take it all with you”? This applies to family camping trips as well. Instinct may tell you to pack for any eventuality, but smart and savvy packing will make the trip run smoother in the end. Basic necessities like clothing and toiletries are fine because you’ll need those. But you should take a good hard look at each item you’re planning on bringing to the camping trip. Is it necessary, and how many functions can it perform? Find items that can do double duty to cut down on clutter. If it only has one purpose, it doesn’t make the cut!
2. Choose DIY Camping Equipment Over Store-bought ones
The first thing you’ll notice after checking out these hacks is you don’t need to purchase as many camping goods as you thought you did. Don’t lug around floating water beds and sleeping pads for the tent, instead use an inflatable air mattress for both. My personal favorite hack is using a hanging shoe organizer to store all non-perishable food and kitchen tools. You can roll it up to save space when you’re not using it, and easily keep track of all those small items. All of a sudden, bringing the salt and pepper shakers from home doesn’t seem unreasonable!
3. Pack Frozen Water Bottles in Your Cooler
Keeping the family hydrated is the most important aspect of a healthy camping trip. In order to save space, pack bottles of frozen water in your cooler. They’ll be used later as drinking water and it also takes care of keeping your first meal at the campsite fresh.
4. Make a Homemade Fire Starter
For a fire starter, we advise you to use the homemade version crafted from dryer lint and wax and stored in an egg carton. Speaking of campfires, the best type of fires for cooking is the log-cabin style, because it can support cookware. To achieve this type of fire, stack kindling at right angles, overlaying each piece so that it balances on the ones below it. Use the largest pieces on the bottom and the smallest on top. When choosing your location to build the fire, keep in mind nearby objects, but also keep an eye out for low-hanging branches overhead. The Lifestrike fire starter is just a $0.01 and waterproof. Grab it here.
5. Identify Which “Luxury” Camping Gear in Worth Bringing
Once you’ve created some much-needed space by cutting down on needless stuff, you can work in some “luxury” camping goods that will add exponential value to your trip. Water shoes, insect repellant candles and clothing, and a durable hammock will all make your family much more comfortable on your trip.
A sun shelter is the most expensive item on this list, coming in at around $150. Sun shelters actually straddle the line between luxury and necessity, as they’re designed for comfort. But if you’re camping in an especially hot area, they can help your children stay cool during those peak sunny hours. A trek to the river or beach can end up being cut short because of the blazing sun.
If you’re unsure whether or not you’ll need this item, then refer back to our old double-duty idea. Bring a large golf umbrella, that way you’ll have protection from excessive sun or rain!
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These tips serve as a good primer for your first family camping trip, but the best way to come up with new ones is to get out there yourself! Getting your children into the wilderness early on in their childhood is crucial if you want them to love camping because taking surly teenagers for the first time isn’t a walk in the park. For more tips, check out Amy Whitley’s guide to camping hacks for families!
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Survival hacks and skills are essential for anyone preparing for the worst. Prepper or no prepper, people from across the globe have always been prepping to survive. With whatever situation or circumstance they always have at least one or two survival hacks and skills up their sleeve. So what are the most useful survival hacks and skills that can get you out of any hitch? There just isn’t one or two, but a ton. You never know what nature can throw at you on any given day wherever you are and whatever you may be doing. That’s why you need to learn to be skillful in so many things. Here’s a list most survivalists will consider to be a haven of survival skills and prepper hacks. Read on!
Survival Life’s Ultimate List of Survival Hacks and Skills
1. 10 Survival Skill for Kids
These survival hacks and skills for kids are vital to ensure that even your kids can increase their chances of survival in the event of a disaster or an emergency. There’s no other way to teach them the will to live than in a survival situation. These hacks will help them grow up being prepared for whatever there is to come.
2. 32 Survival Skills for Kids
Preparedness is something you can teach your kids even at an early age. Some things take time to develop so kids need to practice them while they’re young. These are 32 essential survival hacks and skills you can coach your little ones with.
3. A Family Survival Guide: 4 Survival Skills for Kids
Children must know what to do when they’re left alone or when they think they’re lost. This is a safety guide and tips for the whole family on survival hacks and skills for kids. It will show your kids the basic methods that will help them in the event of an emergency.
4. 19 “Old World” Primitive Survival Skills You’ll Wish You Knew Before SHTF
How fully prepared are you? These primitive survival skills are a great way to go back to the basics. Modern tools are not always available especially when you’re out in the wild. Be prepared when everything goes back to basics and learn how to use these tools.
5. 5 Survival Kits for the Prepper on the Go
If you think a bug out bag may be inconvenient for you, then you should try a pocket-sized survival kit. Here are a few ideas on how to make one in order to help you survive for a day or two. Be prepared while on the go with this Altoids survival kit. Who knew that something this small could be so handy?
6. 3 Tips: Foraging for Food and Water
Finding for food and water when out in the wilderness is one the prepper hacks that must be learned. It is important to always stay hydrated especially when SHTF. As primitive as it can be, it will be a matter of life and death when all your food and water run out.
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7. The Preppers Guide to Winter Survival
Preparedness in the harsh winter cold is essential, especially for an emergency situation. This list is a comprehensive one to date. It will show you what to pack in your winter survival kit and will make you feel warm just thinking about it.
8. Do You Know 25 of these Native American Survival Skills?
Have you ever thought about how our ancestors got through the harshest elements? We all know how difficult things can be even with today’s modern amenities. Well, here are some of Native American survival skills you can start learning. These skills also show how interesting our ancestors’ way of survival was too!
9. Survival Shelter Tutorial from the California Survival School
Do you know what to do when SHTF and you don’t have a bugout cabin ready? This is one of the wilderness survival hacks you should have in your sleeve: how to build a survival shelter from the California survival school.
10. 11 Survival Skills | The Psychology of Staying Alive
Survival enthusiasts say that when you’re in a pinch, it’s all in the head. I know, it’s one of the survival tips and tricks I never really thought about thoroughly, but it makes sense. This article will show you a few ways to stay calm in a crisis to increase your chances of survival.
11. DIY Survival Water Filter | Survival Tips
Thirsty and your water supply ran out? When in an emergency situation, we will always do what we can to get what our body needs. You can actually filter, purify, and convert dirty water into safe drinking water on your own if you have the skill set for it. Learn how to make a DIY survival water filter using materials around you. Also, check out my favorite portable water filter. It’s yours right here.
12. Two Most Important Survival Tools – Skills
Survival Life is the best source for survival tips and gear to make it out alive in a disaster or emergency. A lot of people can start a fire in good weather conditions, but what if the conditions are bad? Learn the two most important survival tools and skills even when not everything is working in your favor.
13. 25 Obscure Bushcraft Survival Skills
Do you want to learn how to become a true outdoor survivalist? How will you proceed if the conventional ways are taken out of the equation? This is a list of bushcraft survival skills that will help you survive any disaster you might find yourself in.
14. 9 Personal Survival Skills for the Everyday Joe and Jane
If you think your life is cruel, worry no more! From finding water/food to navigation skills, this article will show you how you can learn personal survival skills for the everyday Joe and Jane.
15. 5 Survival Skills You Can Practice While Camping
Some think that practicing survival hacks and skills is one serious task. You can actually have fun with these 5 survival skills you can practice while camping – from building a shelter to identifying edible plants. My favorite tool, the Aqualight, can light your campsite, boil water and keep your valuables dry all in one durable, collapsible canteen!
16. 31 Survival Skills for the True Outdoorsman
Do you think you’re a true survivalist? Survival depends on how knowledgeable and how skilled you are when it comes to the outdoors. Check these outdoor survival skills that will give you everything you need to know to truly survive.
17. The Psychology of Survival – Why Your Mind Matters Most
How well you think is the best weapon you can have in any given situation. Being prepared for an emergency is worth nothing at all if your mind is not up for it. Read about the psychology of survival and why your mind matters most.
18. 5 Sneaky Survival Snare Traps to Keep You Alive
Afraid that you might eventually run out of supplies when SHTF? Hunting is more dangerous than just using traps to capture food. Well, here’s 5 sneaky survival snare traps to keep you alive while you’re searching for a more stable source of food supply.
19. 29 YouTube Survival Skills That Could Save Your Life
There are numerous survival hacks you can find on YouTube. It’s definitely another platform that preppers need use to further hone their skills. You can choose any YouTube survival skills videos from this list to see what I mean.
20. Emergency Shelter DIY
A well-built shelter can keep you alive when you’re out in the woods at night. You can learn how to make a DIY emergency shelter with the materials around you. Survival Life is the best source for off the grid living, tips and most especially survival gears.
21. Surviving Without Supplies
Outdoor living has become way too comfortable because of what modern technology has to offer. However, it is still vital to learn primitive survival skills to have a thorough knowledge of living in the wild.
22. The 3 Essential Survival Skills You Didn’t Know You Needed
How can you tell if you’re facing someone who is very good at deceiving? Do you know Jason Hansen? If not then you’ll know him by learning these videos on essential survival skills you didn’t know you needed.
23. 13 Top Survival Skills | Learn Now, Survive Later
Are you survivalist newbie? No worries! Everything starts with the basics and no one becomes an expert overnight. This survival skills infographic will show you 13 essential skills to build a foundation on what you need to learn now.
24. Making Simple Tools From Flint
What if you lost all the tools you’ve prepared before SHTF? This video will show you that making simple tools from flint can be the only way to make things you need for survival. What if you don’t have flint? Grab this firestarting kit here.
25. Top 5 Survival Skills
Have you gone through your survival skills lately? How do you find water, get food, and build your own temporary shelter? This video will show you the top 5 survival skills you need to get through SHTF situations.
26. Drought Survival: 7 Tips To Survive Natural Disasters
Never underestimate how devastating a drought can be for everyone? It’s a serious matter that everyone in the prepper community should be aware of. This is why this list of tips for drought survival will help you learn how to survive natural disasters.
27. 10 Poncho Survival Hacks
Do you know that you can use your poncho to increase your chances of survival? It’s actually more than something that protects you from the rain. Check out the 10 clever survival hacks using a poncho! Grab an assortment of ponchos here.
28. Street Survival Skills: Surviving The Urban Jungle
You might think you don’t need any of the urban survival hacks that preppers keep blabbing about because you live in the city. However, you will need street survival skills to keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency.
29. Open A Can With Your Hands
It may sound unbelievable and it’s fine if you’re hesitant at first. Did you know that you can open canned goods with your bare hands? This may come in handy in the event that you lose all your tools, you know. Better learn it while you can.
30. 7 Military Skills To Learn For Survival
The military has some of the most extreme survivalist hacks. Well, they have to learn these things if they have to do what it takes to protect a nation. This article can teach you 7 military skills you can use for survival without having to actually join the Military.
31. Prepping With Pets
Do you consider your pet as part of your family? You don’t want those furry little creatures to just disappear in a disaster situation. Start learning these survival tips that include prepping with your pets.
32. How To Make Homemade Survival Cement
Have you found yourself in a situation wherein you needed durable and long lasting materials for survival? This easy to make and long lasting homemade survival cement may do just the trick!
33. 2 Long Lost Native American Survival Skills
The Native Americans are the best example when it comes to survival. These long-lost Native American survival skills have proven there worth over the centuries. Just when you thought you knew it all!
34. Blacksmithing: Useful Hobby and Survival Skill
The basics of blacksmithing can indeed be a very useful skill. You can either make what you need for yourself or for others in exchange for what you need. If blacksmithing is a valuable skill in the old days, it still has a lot of good uses in these modern times.
35. 6 “Street Smart” Urban Survival Skills
Have you heard of urban survival? How will you deal with with a bad situation in the urban areas? If not then these six street smart urban survival skills will get you through every street corner in the midst of chaos like never before.
36. 3 Survival Tips From Grandpa
Sometimes, the best survival tips can be found in the most unlikely of sources. Experience is the best teacher and a person will gain wisdom in every experience. These three “R’s” are tips from grandpa that can help you in a survival situation.
37. 35 Flood Survival Tips | How To Survive Natural Disasters
Flood occurrences are a common thing for a lot of people. Most of us have a certain experience with floods except for those who have lived their entire lives in the uplands. However, when worse comes to worst these flood survival tips will help you through a disaster.
38. Hurricane Survival Tips: How To Survive Natural Disasters
Hurricanes are one of the most devastating natural disasters in the world. Learn useful tips on what you need to do before, during and after a hurricane. In order to increase your chances of surviving a hurricane, this can only be achieved by being prepared.
39. The Holy Trinity Of Survival
What are the top survival hacks or skills for you? Check out the top 3 things you need for survival and learn which gears you will need in order to survive a possible fallout.
40. The “6 Unbreakable Laws Of Survival” You Need To Know
Each and every prepper can have their own ways of approach and guidelines in a survival situation. However, no single solution solves all your preparedness problems. That is why there is an infinite number of ways to solve them.
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Having the right knowledge in handling difficult situations is always a good thing. Take the time and exert the effort to absorb these survival skills as much as you can. This gives you the highest potential to survive the worst of the worst while hoping for the best!
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Life hacks are essential in our daily life but they are more useful when the SHTF. Cool tricks and tips won’t only make your life more convenient but will also determine your ability to survive. You’re about to discover life-changing SHTF hacks you can use daily or for survival. Read on and learn these awesome tips and hacks which will impress even the most experienced prepper!
SHTF Life Hacks | What to Do For Survival
1. Open Rusty Lids With a Duct Tape
If your survival supplies have been sitting for a very long time, there is a good chance the lids might not pop off as easily as expected. Use a duct tape to twist that lid right off the jar. Duct tape is strong enough to give you a firm grip on the lid without breaking the mouth of the jar.
2. Create Arrowheads Out of Unused Keys
This is a great idea as a backup home defense strategy! Make sure the keys are not being used though. Before starting making arrowheads out of keys, mark where you need to cut the key first with a small saw. File the rough edges away to smoothen them.
3. No candles? Use Crayons Instead
If you do not have candles in your survival supplies, you can always light these up as an emergency light source! Most crayons are made up of the same ingredients as of candles, so it is the next best thing to solve your light problem. Crayons will only burn for 30 minutes with their wrapper, so better use the time to get a permanent light source.
4. Duct Tape And Toilet Paper Can Help Set Broken Bones
This post is another reason why duct tape should be a survival gear staple in your kit. To start, wrap the affected area with toilet paper (or a women hygiene product if you ran out of it) until it feels like a sturdy but still soft cast. Secure the bandaged area with duct tape, avoiding any hair, and then make a sling with the sticky sides down. This makeshift splint will give you an ease of an injury even if you cannot make it to the hospital.
5. Create a Toothpick Cannon With Keyboard Cleaner
Some people may find this tip as a survival gear version of a Nerf gun but you will never know when you will need a toothpick cannon. To make this mini survival equipment, remove the tube from a can of a keyboard cleaner. Insert a toothpick then test it on a cork board. You can also try this with small nails too.
6. Stash Emergency Cash in Your Phone Case
This makes sense, as you will always carry this around no matter what. Also, it is somewhere no one will ever think to look. You can make one for yourself or get a personalized phone case like this one.
7. Stave Off Frostbite With Baby Oil
A simple baby oil can go a long way when it comes to saving your skin in extreme weather. Its lubricating properties can also act as a barrier against the cold. It is strong enough to fend off facial frostbite.
8. Improvise a Safe Tick Remover
A homemade tick remover out of a thread and a mechanical pencil is a great survival gear in case you encounter these pesky insects. To safely and effectively remove ticks from your skin, hollow out a mechanical pencil. Insert the thread to make a loop at one end and the long ends at the other then use the lasso and loop it around the tick. Pull the long ends to tighten the noose and remove the tick out.
9. Carry All Your Water in One Trip With a Stick
If you have a hockey stick around or a branch off of a tree, you can use it to haul all your water jugs at once in camp with this practical tip. After all, you want every survival gear you own has multiple purposes, right? You can also pick up 14 other useful camping tricks here.
10. Turn an Old Bike Into a Crossbow
A bike, some tubing, some duct tape, and you have an improvised crossbow! Make this nifty survival equipment by stripping the bike wheel to its frame and clean them. Cut the rim in half using a saw and round off the ragged edges with a file. It is a matter of assembling the rubber catapult and the eyelets by following the rest of the instructions here.
11. Turn Lemons Into Power
Did you know you can get the juice from lemons but not the sour kind? Roll the lemon first before cutting two slits enough to insert a dime in one and a penny in the other. Test the electric power using a multimeter.
12. Make a DIY Fishing Kit
Store a fishing line, hooks, sinkers, snubbers, and artificial bait in a clean tin can. Come the time you need to fish, get a long branch thin enough to act as your rod. Snubbers are important as they act as shock absorbers once you catch fish using your DIY fishing rod. You can get the rest of the materials at any local fishing or outdoor store.
13. Use a 5-10% Iodine Solution as a Water Purifier
When SHTF, you will encounter a situation where the water is questionably safe for drinking. The iodine solution helps purify the water (and even remove nasty smells) so you can safely drink it. Store it in travel-size spray bottles so it will be easy to carry and apply the solution to.
14. Make Petroleum Jelly Firestarter Balls
Cotton balls drenched in petroleum jelly make great firestarters. They burn hotter and longer than typical paper. Store them in airtight plastic pill bottles to keep the moisture in.
15. Make and Wear Paracord Bracelets
Paracord is an essential prepper item to have when SHTF. Start with at least 10 feet worth of paracord and measure your wrist for sizes. Use this instructional article to weave the paracord into a bracelet. Join the ends using a buckle.
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You can never prep enough when SHTF but it would definitely be helpful if you have a few hacks up your sleeve, especially if you are in a tight spot. These SHTF life hacks and a clear state of mind could help anyone in a tough situation to survive on or off the grid.
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Survival hacks can be useful and potentially life-saving tips for you. How many times have you ever needed to open a can and found yourself without a can opener? Whether your can opener breaks, slips out of your bag, got lost or just forgotten…it happens to the best of us. Luckily, there is a way to open a can of food WITHOUT a can opener. This is a must-have survival skill.
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Survival Hacks for Opening Canned Food
Survival Hacks: Easy-Peasy Can Opening
This super simple and clever survival hacks idea allows you to get to your canned food without needing a can opener. While it’s generally a good idea to ensure you have can openers in your bug out bag, mistakes are unavoidable. Using the methods in this video is one of the most important survivalist hacks you can add to your arsenal. It’s easy and incredibly clever.
Using this method is considered as one of the great wilderness survival hacks you can learn. This way, you can open up your prepared canned foods without ruining the sharpness of your knife, as most people do. All you need is a hard surface, a bit of elbow grease, and, of course, the know-how you can only get from our survival hacks.
Survival Hacks Might Save You
Survival hacks are tricks to help you get out of a bad situation whether it’s out in the woods or right in your own home. No one really knows when a local or global disaster would strike and it is this fact that we preppers have to be ready for. Even if we have all supplies ready, there is no guarantee that everything will be smooth sailing in the face of any disruptive event. That is why these prepper hacks might someday save you.
Self-Reliance When SHTF
In our usual mindset, we have to be prepared for when things go wrong. There is a need to have the skills to be able to deal with SHTF situations better. It’s not always about the supplies or equipment. Definitely because these things will inevitably run out or break down after some time. For this reason, we start from the most basic resource: our own selves. Here is where survival hacks, or the knowledge of these, will come in handy.
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It would not be wise to rely on material things for survival so we need to start with the necessary skills. Take the time to learn as many survival skills and survival hacks as you can. This is because you never know when they will be able to save your life and those you care for. If you have mastered these hacks and skills, then you can be more confident. You can say that you have a better chance of getting out of SHTF situations than you did before.
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These tool hacks can vastly increase your productivity and efficiency by getting the most out of your everyday tools. Our tasks can be a lot easier if we have the right tools within our reach. What if the right equipment is not in your toolbox? Below are ingenious tool hacks that can cut down your work time and save your hard-earned money just by using the full potential of your already existing tools.
Tool Hacks: New Uses for Old Tools
1. Cut a PVC Pipe Using a String
Cutting mounted PVC pipes can be difficult and tricky if you don’t have the right tools, but with the use of a string, you can easily slice through pipes. The string works as quickly as a saw and fits into tight spaces. All you have to do is cut a shallow notch using a file or hacksaw blade to give it a starting point and then pull the string back and forth until the pipe comes loose.
2. Shine Shoes with a Drill
Polishing your shoes to look new and shiny can take a great deal of your time. To reduce the time you spend making your dull shoes glossy, a drill-powered buffer can simply do the task. Just change your drill bit with a buffing ball and it will instantly transform into a high-speed polisher. You can also apply polish to your shoes before buffing to make them look even more lustrous.
3. Use a Comb to Hold a Nail
Have you experienced accidentally bashing your fingers while hammering a nail? Now, you don’t have to feel the excruciating pain ever again! Just insert the nail between the teeth of a comb to hold it in place before you hit it with a hammer.
4. Clean with a Leaf Blower
Don’t limit your good old leaf blower to a single yard task. After all, it’s also an excellent cleaning tool which performs faster than a broom or vacuum. You can use it to dust your room, clean cobwebs in your garage, dry your car, air out sheds, and a whole a lot more.
5. Mix Concrete Using a Rake
Instead of using a hoe, you can try a garden rake to mix concrete. The rake tines can do an exceptional job in mixing water and powder without splashing too much water over the edge. Besides, pushing powder around the mixing tub with a hoe can consume a lot of your valuable time.
6. Glue with an Air Compressor
Applying glue into cracks using a tiny brush or toothpick can require you to spend hours of doing it. You can glue a lot faster, deeper, and evenly by using an air compressor. Just squeeze a line of glue along the crack, then blast it with an air compressor to force the glue inside. This will also start the drying process, thus helping you finish your job quicker.
You can also use the air compressor for varnishing as it can drive the stain deep into the grooves, inside corners, carvings, or any other hard to reach spots.
7. Shorten Bolt Using a Drill
If there’s a need to shorten a long bolt, you can simply do it by using a power drill and a hacksaw. The first thing you have to do is mark the spot on the bolt where you want to cut it. Screw two nuts onto the bolt and tighten them against each other. Attach the bolt to the drill and hold the hacksaw blade against the mark. Run the drill and once you’ve cut through most of the bolt, twist off the part of the bolt you still need to use.
8. Uncork a Bottle with a Screw
When you need to open a wine bottle but can’t find the corkscrew, an ordinary screw with coarse threads can do the job. Drive the screw into the cork with a vise-grip, a screwdriver, or a drill. It may take a little muscle to yank the cork out but the wine is worth it in the end.
9. Refill Car Oil with a Screwdriver
Need to refill your car engine’s oil, but the funnel is nowhere to be found? Well, worry no more because a screwdriver can do the trick. Remove the oil cap and place the tip of the screwdriver into the oil intake. Smoothly pour the oil towards the intake while hitting the screwdriver’s shaft.
Looking for more awesome tool hacks? Watch this video from 5-Minute Crafts and learn more creative ways to use your everyday tools:
Innovative makers intricately built every tool for a particular purpose. But for a more imaginative mind, these tools are not restricted to only one job. You can turn your everyday tools into something useful when the right tool isn’t available. Sure, you can stop working and head out to the nearest hardware store, but it slows down your progress and costs you more money. All you have to do is let your creative juices flow and think outside the box to change the game. For all you know, you can come up with your own ingenious tool hacks!
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Are you looking for the best DIY camping hacks for your upcoming trip? Most survivalists live by the motto, do more with less, but it doesn’t stop at your emergency preparedness plans. It’s something you can take with you across all aspects of your life, especially for your next camping trip. So on that note, here are some awesome camping ideas to impress your friends and family and make your trip a lot easier!
Camping Hacks For A More Awesome Outdoor Experience
What better way to experience camping than with these DIY camping tricks that are borderline genius. Of course, the traditional Boy Scout survival skills are always welcome, but it’s also refreshing to think out of the box sometimes. Check out these camping hacks we have pulled from our previous posts (plus some new ones!) Just remember, the great outdoors does not solely belong to you. The plants and animals have as much right to it as you do. Let’s share and enjoy nature together.
1. Craft a “Drinkable Lantern”
This DIY drinkable lantern is one cool camping stuff. You can easily make an ambient lamp out of a milk jug. All you need to do is fill the milk jug with potable water and point a headlamp in it. It will create a soft light that is perfect for reading and writing inside the tent.
2. Camping Lantern
In today’s culture, if we need something, we buy it. Fortunately, improvisational skills can be learned and thanks to the vastness of today’s resources, it’s never been easier. Books on the topic of Survival abound, but the real boon lies on the World Wide Web. A Google search for “survival tactics” yields 10,600,000 results! The following improvised lantern how-to was actually passed on to me by a friend some years ago. Read more about this project here.
Here is my recommendation for a camping trip lantern to have handy.
3. Silicone Drinking Cups
Plastic cups are not environment-friendly and they don’t really sit well with long travels because they get crushed by other camping gear. These break-proof cups are perfect for your camping trip as they are easy to use, wash, and transport. Get your cups here.
4. Soap Pouch
Make this out of a washcloth and a bar of soap for convenient campsite scrubbing. Who said you need to be filthy all throughout the camping trip? Click here to learn more about how to make your own soap pouch.
5. Cowboy Bed Roll
The basic idea of a cowboy roll is a sleeping pad and a sleeping bag all rolled up in a big piece of canvas. This makes sleeping on the ground, under the stars comfortable, warm, and weather resistant. The canvas is a waxed canvas that is not waterproof, but if dew falls at night, you will not get soaked. So the canvas should be a little more than twice as wide as your sleeping pad and a little more than twice as long. For more info about bedrolls, read more about them here.
6. Outdoor Toiletry Kit
Too often situations occur when a properly packed outdoor toiletry kit is truly needed. These times mostly happen when we’re outdoors, far away from the comfort of home or during desperate scenarios commonly labeled as emergencies. In short, everybody knows the uncomfortable and vulnerable feeling of having to use an unfamiliar latrine or simply having to go outside. Fortunately, though, there is a way to beat such a terrible dilemma by keeping properly prepared outdoor toiletry kits in the car, at home, and even with various outdoor gear in case such an emergency arises. Learn more about making your own kit here.
7. Tin Can Grill
Make your own grill out of a tin can. You don’t need to bring a large grille to make your favorite campfire food. Learn how to make this awesome tin can griller.
8. Natural Insect Repellant
Sometimes, commercial mosquito and bug repellents are not enough. There are just those bugs that are too stubborn. Get Mother Nature to help you and throw a bundle of sage in the fire to keep away those annoying bugs. Find out more about these bug-repelling plants right here.
9. Egg Carton Firestarter
This is a fun little project for a rainy or cold day, any day. You just need a paper egg carton, wax and dryer lint. Takes an hour from start to finish to make them and only about 10 minutes of your time. (Your wax will be cooling most of this time) Making fire starters is pretty cool and I needed some motivation to get my laundry done, anyway. Two birds, one stone. These light amazingly well. I never knew dryer lint would do that! Be sure to check out my burn test at the end of this post. Read more about this project right here.
10. Frozen Water Jugs for Your Cooler
Do you find it difficult to keep your food and water cool all throughout the trip? Use frozen water jugs for longer lasting cold in your cooler. Get more info about this cool trick right here.
11. Foam Floor Tiles
Sleeping bags can only do so much to provide us with a comfortable sleeping experience outdoors. But when you’re faced with rocky terrain, your sleeping bag will be as comfortable as a bag of rocks. Don’t sleep on the hard, uncomfortable ground! Put down some of these cheap and easy tiles for ultimate camping comfort. Know more about what else you need to bring for your sleeping needs in this article.
12. Solar Charger
You can create this one on your own or buy one like it off the internet! If you’re interested in the homemade version, find the full instructions, click here.
13. DIY Toilet Paper Dispenser
The call of nature is too difficult to resist, so if you need to go, it’s best to be prepared. Keep your TP clean and rolled up with this easy DIY. Find out how you can transform your Folgers can into a TP container right here.
14. Cook with Foil
One of the biggest challenges when planning your camping meals is keeping food cold in advance. A great way to plan for this is to eat the food that needs to be kept cold first. Plan a meat-based dinner for the first night and then try to use canned or dry goods for the next day. Try to think outside the box when it comes to refrigerated foods. For more info on how to cook with foil, click here.
15. Know Which Plants to Avoid
Poisonous plants are everywhere. They’re in the woods, the forests and the mountains. In fact, some of them may even be in your garden. This makes bugging out look like a dangerous proposition when the SHTF. However, these plants would not cause harm if you did not eat or touch them. As you read our guide, you will realize how simple and easy it is to avoid these poisonous plants. Just stick to your regular food and avoid the bitter stuff. Avoid eating seeds and flowers. More info about these poisonous plants can be viewed right here.
16. Make Matches Waterproof
Whether you are getting ready for a weekend camping trip, a natural disaster, or the end of the world, you are going to need something to start a fire with. A firestarter is possibly the most important item you should have in your backpack or bug out bag. Learn more about how to make your own waterproof matches.
17. A Bathtub in the Wild
If you’re camping in or near a sand-river, dig yourself a nice pit and line it with a groundsheet — and voila, you have a makeshift bathtub. Heat some water on your campfire and pour yourself a whiskey as you fill the tub. Recline under the stars for the ultimate Al fresco soak and watch as the night unfolds around you. Know more about bathing in safety in this article.
18. Don’t Forget Your Knots
As any Boy Scout knows, knots aren’t a one-type-fits-all deal. Learn a few and it’ll make your camping (and your life) easier. From fishing to first aid, these knots can go a long way to make or break any camping experience. Learn more about the different knots in this article.
19. Stay Organized
You’re dealing with a ton of crap when you’re camping: millions of little things, gloves everywhere, socks lying around, a penknife, you have your boots lying somewhere. It’s really easy to lose stuff. Having a really well thought-out system for where you put stuff once you’re inside the tent means you don’t risk losing things. Learn how to organize your camping gear in this article.
20. Beer/Soda Can Popcorn
Popcorn in a Beer Can. Pour some popcorn kernels into an empty beer can (about ¼ of the way full), add some popcorn oil, and place the can on the edge of the fire. Allow the kernels to do their thing until the pops slow down to more than a couple seconds apart. Cut the can in half and enjoy! Read more about this awesome trick right here.
21. Prioritize Your Sleeping Comfort
Your choice of shelter is up for debate, be it a big tent, small tent, hammock or tarp. But don’t you dare skimp on an A-list sleeping bag and sleeping pad. They are the two most important deciders of your comfort when in the wilderness. Click here to know more about sleeping outdoors.
22. Practice Fire Safety with the Kids
Firepits get hot to the touch almost instantly. Use rocks to surround the firepit. It makes the pit look great (style points!) and creates a bit of distance between kids and the flame. Explain the process of fire building to your kids so they understand what you’re doing and how it all works. Giving them an activity like collecting tinder can make them feel included. Establish a “one poker” rule. Kids will want to poke the fire but it can be avoided when the poker is in the hands of an adult. Consider what your children are wearing. Some synthetic garments can be dangerous when exposed to an open flame. Read more about fire safety here.
23. Easy-to-Spot Bear Bag
I take a reflective cord for my bear bag. It lights up when your headlamp hits it and makes it easy to find at night or for an early morning departure. Tie your aluminum cup up with your bear bag near the clip so if something tries to get at it, you will hear it. See more examples of bear bags here.
24. Campfire Pizza
Surprise your family with pizza on your camping trip! Using pre-made pizza crust from a tube makes it a snap to prepare. Remember, any type of pizza you can make at home, you can make in a Dutch Oven! You can make your pizza over this camp stove kit. Learn how to make this delicious pizza here!
25. Duct Tape Around Your Lighter
Duct tape can be a lifesaver. But carrying an entire roll takes up valuable space inside a backpack—and you probably won’t need much tape. Wrap a couple feet around a Bic lighter, so you always have a short supply inside your pocket. Read more about it here.
26. Prepare Food at Home
Because I’ve grown somewhat tired of freeze-dried fare, these days I often cook something I like at home, something in the one-pot category, and freeze it in plastic, let it thaw in my pack, and warm it up over the old MSR XGK set on low heat. Get more recipes here.
Watch this video and check out the 26 most ingenious camping hacks ever!
Camping doesn’t need to be a stressful or expensive experience for you and for the whole family. With these camping hacks, you’ll be able to cut down on costs and maximize whatever gear, equipment, or food for the entire camping trip. But 26 is just the tip of the iceberg. You can come up with your own ingenious camping hacks. All have you have to do is let your creative juice flow.
Do you have other camping hacks in mind? Let us know in the comment section below!
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