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14 DIY Survival Hacks that could save your life!

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Crayons as candles

So if your house has ever lost power and you dont have any backup candles or flashlights, did you know that a crayon can burn for up to 30 minutes? Just use a lighter and melt the top part of the wax off first, then the paper should catch on fire. This kind of works like a reverse candle with the wick on the outside and crayons are basically just wax anyway so its no surprise that this works so well!

If you want, you can also drip a few drops of the wax onto a flat surface and use that you hold your crayon candle upright. That way you can move it around with you wherever you go like a lantern and it wont fall over. This is a great emergency hack that might just help you get through an otherwise pitch black evening.

Wifi Network Outage

Power outage? to check if its just your house, check for other wifi networks – if none, then its not just u
Also when the power goes out, sometimes its hard to tell whether its just your house or everyone’s houses in the area. I’ll usually look outside to see if there are any other lights on in the neighborhood. But an easier way is just to take out your phone and check for other wifi networks. If you find that the usual networks around you are still on, then its probably just your house, but if you see nothing, then its probably your whole area, all you can just chill until it gets fixed.

Need AA batteries, but only have AAA? Ball up pieces of tin foil and use them to fill in the space between the appliance and the battery.
If you’re ever in a pinch and need an emergency flashlight, the worst thing is realising that you dont have enough batteries for it. But as long as you have 1 working battery, you can hack your way out with some aluminium foil. Just tear off a strip of foil and measure out the length of your battery. Then fold the foil over on itself until it matches the length of the battery. Then roll the foil tightly along its length until you make a tight cylinder shape. It should be roughly the same height as your missing battery and it doesn’t matter if it isnt as wide, it’ll still work just fine. Next put your batteries in along with your foil piece to replace what you’re missing and close the lid. You’ll find that you now have a working torch. This hack works for everything, not just torches, so make sure you remember it because you never know when it could get you out of a tricky situation.

Always keep an extra $20 bill on the inside of your phone case. Then, if you’re caught without cash, you have it on hand.
Have you ever wanted to get some food only to realise that you’ve left your wallet or purse at home? Its the worst especially when your hungry. But to ensure this never happens again, just take your phone case and fold up a 20 or 50 dollar note inside it. Dont use it unless you absolutely have to. If you get lost or separated from a group during an excursion, this extra bit of cash might save your life.

Walking to your car and feel a little unsafe? Hold your keys in your hands like so in case you need a weapon. – say only if assaulting, if just want money, give it
Have you ever walked down an alleyway or through a carpark and felt unsafe? Like someone was watching you or following you and the hairs on your neck stand right up? Take out your keys and push each key out through each gap between your fingers. Kind of like a brass knuckle. If someone IS actually there, u can turn on them with a suprise attack. Under the effects of adrenaline, you never know what you might be capable of! However, only do this if you are getting assaulted. If you are getting robbed, the best thing to do is to drop your purse and run away. The robber will be too busy picking up your money than chasing after you.

Doritos as kindling

If you’re lost in the wild, hunger is definitely going to be a problem, eventually. But you won’t die from starvation for up to 1 whole month. The biggest problem you face is the cold, especially at night. If you’re having trouble starting a fire due to rain or humidity, sometimes the best kindling is to use your own food. Doritoes and many other kinds of chips make for great kindling and as you can see, they can burn extemely well even in the windiest conditions. Theres no point holding onto your food supplies if your not going to be around long enough to eat them right?

You can start fire with a water bottle/sandwich bag
So what if you dont have a lighter or match to start a fire? Well did you know that you can make a fire out of a water bottle or even a sandwich bag? This actually blew my mind but as you can see, it IS possible. Basically you want to use the curved part of the water bottle like a magnifying glass. Or you can fill up a sandwich bag with water and make a shape like this. Then basically focus the brightest part of the beam onto any piece of scrap paper. Move the bottle back and forth until the beam is the most concentrated and just leave it there. YOu may need some patience for this part. As you can see after about 5 minutes, you can already see some smoke rising from the paper and if you take a look, you’ll notice that the black writing has slighty burnt and there are burn marks on the back to prove it. So just keep at it and you’ll eventually succeed. Once you see more smoke, add extra pieces of paper to it and it should catch on fire all by itself on a windy day. If theres no wind, you may need to blow on the smoke to start the fire. Pretty cool right?

Charge iphone with battery+car charger

Did you know that you can charge your phone with a car charger, a 9 volt battery and some house keys? Its actually quite simple. Just touch one side of the battery with the end of the car charger, and the other side with the end of a key. Then press the key so that it touches the metallic part of the side of the charger. You can see that when I do this, the blue light on the charger turns on! So we know its working! SO secure the key onto the side of your charger, and plug your charger cord into the charger and your phone. Connect your circuit and voila! You have power.

So in case of emergencies, I now keep a 9V battery in the car. With this, I can charge my phone for long enough to make a phone call and get help. Desperate times call for desperate measures right?

Bra Cup Debris Mask

Dust and especially smoke can be extremely dangerous in fires and other disasters. But for you girls out there, you all luckily carry an emergency mask on you already! Thats it, its your bra! As weird as it sounds, it actually fits your face pretty well and even has straps so you can free up your hands for other things. Obviously this is not a proper mask so make sure you get out of danger as quickly as possible!

Yeah so sometimes my imagination goes a littler crazy! But I gotta save my unicorn family you know?

Compass with needle, clothing, water/leaf
So if you’re lost in the woods and all the trees just look exactly the same, then youd be in big trouble. But If you know that or group or civilization is in a certain direction like north, you can actually find it by making your own compass. All you need is a needle which you might have brought along in a sewing pack. Fill up any container with water and find a small leaf that you can float on the water. If you have a magnet, even better, but if you dont, you can magnetise your needle by rubbing it on your clothes. Just rub it in one direction about 100 times and that will generate enough static to magnetise your needle. Then Place it carefully on top of the leaf. The needle will stay afloat and because we magnetised it earlier, the point will slowly turn to face north. As you can see this actually works and even when you move the needle off north, it slowly finds its way back!

Self heimlich

The heimlich maneuver has been used countless times to save a choking person from certain death. But unfortunately, this didnt happen today…rest in peace

But thankfully, even if there isnt anyone else around, you can actually perform the maneuver on yourself. Find the midpoint between your ribcage and your navel and place a fist there. Then cup your fist with your other hand and forecfully push inwards and upwards to try and dislodge your food. If this doesn’t work, keep this position and find a table or chair roughly waist height. THen fall down hard onto your hands and this should generate enough force to expel whatever you were choking on. The key thing is not to panic.

Dirty water to clean water

If you’re lost in the wild, dehydration is a huge problem so finding a source of drinking water is often the first priority for survival. If all you can find is a dirty creek, then you may not have any option but there is a way to filter the water first. All you need are two containers and a piece of cloth. You may even want to use the shirt on your back if you have nothing else. FIll up one container with the dirty water and place it on something elevated. Place the empty clean container next to it and connect the bottles with a piece of cloth. This might take a while to get going, but once it starts, its actually pretty fast. The cloth will basically absorb and filter the clean water and transfer it into the clean container with the help of gravity…and a unicorn.

After a while you’ll have a clean container of water. Don’t drink this immediately because there might still be bacteria in it. The best thing is to quickly boil it before drinking it, but at least it’ll be clean when you do.

Plastic bottle rain collector

Rain is often the safest source of clean drinking water. But catching it can be pretty challenging and using your mouth is not very efficient. But You can turn a plastic bottle into a very efficient rain water collector. Just cut the end off the bottle and then cut 4 flaps in the sides of the bottle. Bend each of them at the base to fan them out and now you have your own rain water catcher. Place another container underneath the opening and wait for your delicious drinking water to fill up. This works so well by taking a leaf (ahah get it) out of natures book by copying the way a lot of plants collect rain water. By fanning out the petals, you increase the surface area which rain is collected.

Spear shooter with bottle and balloon

Food is obviously something we need to have in order to survive. But sometimes catching it is not quite as easy as it seems. Even the smallest of creatures can be far too agile for humans to catch.

In order to make your own spear shooter, you need a plastic bottle, a balloon or any elastic material, and a sharp stick. You would probably need to sharpen down a straight branch but I just used a skewer for demonstration. Cut the top of the bottle off and put a ballon around one end. Place your spear inside the balloon, pull back, aim and fire! You’ll probably need to practice with this to get your aim right but if you’re lucky, you might hit your target!
Next step is to practice on moving targets Hah just kidding, I would never hurt you Mia.
Be careful if you’re using this around other people though because this could seriously injure someone.

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