If the grid goes down, or if you’re ever left in a situation where you don’t have access to some fundamental survival gear, there are a few little tricks you can do to turn normal household objects into helpful survival tools.
The best part about these ‘hacks?’ Many times you can find the needed material hanging out in a junk drawer, a recycling bin, or even in your medicine cabinet.
Take a look and see how to use 6 everyday items and see how they can help save your life.
- Create a lantern out of a headlamp and a plastic milk jug. If you want to create a lamp that is able to light up a small space you can take an empty milk jug and then use a headlamp turned towards the milk jug to create a portable lantern. First, place the headlamp on the milk jug just like you would put the headlamp on your own head. But don’t leave the lamp pointed out. Turn the light in towards the milk jug. This will provide a nice ambient glow as the light diffuses through the plastic.
- Turn AAAs into AAs. This simple hack lets you take a smaller battery and convert it into a larger one using nothing more than tin foil. Just wrap tin foil around the ends of the AAA battery and slide it into the AA spot and voila, you’ve got a AA battery.
- Purify your water with bleach. This isn’t one that you want to try all the time, but according to the experts at the CDC you can use 1/8th of a teaspoon of bleach (about 8 drops) per gallon of water to kill any pathogens. Make sure you use regular, unscented, liquid bleach. Let the water sit for 30 minutes before drinking.
- Use a condom for other useful purposes. You can use condoms for a variety of purposes. They can be used to transport a gallon or more of water. They can also keep items like phones, matches, and other items dry. You can even use a condom to create an improvised slingshot. Just tie the condom onto a Y-shaped branch and you can launch projectiles at prey.
- Instant fire starter pads. If you want to be able to start a fire anywhere, you can use dryer lint coated with petroleum jelly. This will work well to help you start a fire if you are having trouble getting tinder to light. Just make sure to store it in a waterproof container like a Ziploc bag or condom.
- Turn a watch into a compass. You can use a simple analog wristwatch (a watch with minute and hour hands) to help find out which direction is south. To do this, all you have to do is put the watch in your hand with 12:00 pointing left. The top of the watch should be on the left side of your hand. Then find the hour hand and have it point in the direction of the sun. The spot halfway between the hour hand and 12:00 is south!
These little hacks could make all the difference in the world if you ever find yourself without the modern luxuries we’re all used to having.