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7 Survival Life Hacks That Could Save Your Life

7 Survival Life Hacks That Could Save Your Life

We had so much fun watching this short but informative video by HouseholdHacker! It will help you think outside of the box when it comes to surviving. I’ve picked out some of my favorites and added some additional info. Video is below.

Candlelight from Tin Cans
What I love about this is that using an empty soda can will make use of the candle in a more efficient way! The can serves as protection against the wind and its shiny aluminum side will help in intensifying the heat, thereby giving you additional warmth on a cold night. Clever stuff.

How To Filter Water
This method of using a piece of cloth is just genius. It takes a bit of time but gravity definitely does its job well. It’s also very important to note that this is just a filter and will not remove microbes, You will still need to boil the water before drinking! Just because it looks clear doesn’t mean that there aren’t any bacteria or germs. Here’s another tip if you’re looking for cleaner water: Running water is typically better than still. Never consume water from stagnant pools and never from polluted sources.

Related: 9 Amazing Survival Life Hacks Compilation

Natural Mosquito Repellant
I don’t know about you but I HATE mosquitoes. If you live in a tropical country, there’s always a risk of getting dengue or malaria. It’s best that you protect your skin from exposure. If you’re having a barbeque party outside your house, placing a fresh sprig of rosemary and some dried basil will not only help keep mosquitoes away, it will also add a unique smokey flavor to your food.

Cereal Box Microwave
Wouldn’t it be great to cook your food in a cereal box? This cute method works well during sunny days because it makes use of solar heat. The aluminum foil makes it easier for the light to be concentrated within the box.

Needle And Leaf Compass
If you don’t have a compass (or a super smartphone) you can use this clever method to help you tell which way is north. The reason why you have to rub the needle with your shirt is that it creates static electricity. This step is important because your homemade compass won’t work properly without it.

Ok, here’s the video:

23 Ways To Make Fire

23 Ways To Make Fire
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When it comes to basic survival tips, creating a fire is always top priority. That’s why I found it really amazing to read a list of 23 ways to make a fire. The link to the full list is after our commentary.

As I was going through the list, I noticed that most of the ideas used are based on two main principles: the lens and friction.

The lens methods basically use the rays of the sun to concentrate light on a particular surface, thereby increasing its temperature. This is by far one of the easiest ways to create a fire without using any matches. I loved doing this method when I was a kid. I once used a piece of broken glass – demonstrating easily why glass bottles can start a forest fire if carelessly dumped.

Another unique way to create a fire using lens principles is by using ice. I’m sure you won’t be able to use this method if you’re somewhere in the desert or in a forest, but you can of course, use this technique to create a fire in areas where it’s cold and icy.

Related: How To Make A Matchless Survival Fire Kit

And of course, who can forget the coke can and chocolate method? If you had not come across this one, I know your eyeballs are probably going out of their sockets right now but this DOES work if you set your mind to it. It also uses the principles of the lens method: All you have to do is to polish the bottom of the coke can using a piece of chocolate. Take a wet cloth and continue polishing until the bottom of the can becomes so shiny that you can even use it as a “parabolic enough to get the job done” mirror. Hold a small piece of tinder or char cloth at the best spot (where the beam of light is most concentrated), and then orient the can in an angle that will make the light more concentrated. This takes a bit of time of course, but you will see that it will soon start a spark which can be fanned to a flame.

The next principle of creating fire is by the use of friction. This is probably the hardest and most time consuming of all methods, but it’s very useful, especially during the night time.

If you’ve already collected a bunch of wood, always store it in a covered, dry place where rain cannot reach it. Birch is a good wood to use because it contains oil that repels moisture. Always keep lint and steel wool dry also.

Ok, here’s the link to the list of 23 awesome ways to make fire:

http://www.wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/fire/ – 23 Ways To Make Fire!

Some of the techniques mentioned in the list are explained more in detail here: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/04/29/9-ways-to-start-a-fire-without-matches/