One part of prepping is gathering and storing lots of useful gear and supplies.
Another part is honing your skills so that you could likely manage without any of those supplies – if you had to.
This video will start you out with some tips on how to whip up some useful devices out of practically nothing.
Tips in this video:
1. Use an aluminum soda can, cut open, to reflect and magnify the light of a candle
2. Use a piece of cloth and two containers to purify dirty water by transferring through the cloth. Then boil.
3. Instantly light a fire without lighter fluid. Place charcoal briquets in the spaces of an empty egg carton, and just light the egg carton for a quick lunch out and about.
4. Use or burn rosemary, basil or other common herbs to repel mosquitoes and irritating insects
5. Create an instant solar oven by cutting open a box, lining the top and inside with foil. Just add sun, and your food can be warmed in just a short time.
6. When the compass gets lost in your gear, you can point towards north by static charging a sewing needle by rubbing it on clothing. Place the charged needle on a leaf floating in water, and you’ll find orientation by connecting man, metal and nature.
7. Combine cooking oil with a paper-towel wick in a spare can, and create an emergency candle… more expensive the more virgin and imported it is.
By starting to think this way, you can conceive of and notice hundreds of other ways to modify, improvise and “hack” your way through survival – anywhere, anytime.
Here are even more life hacks that could help in a crisis.
Perhaps even cooler are the “life hacks” presented by the CrazyRussianHacker:
His hacks include:
– Making a candle out of an orange peel, which provides container and wick, and vegetable oil (as above)
– Creating fire with an aluminum-coated gum wrapper connected to the opposite terminal ends of a AA battery (way cool)
– Make a makeshift harpoon-like weapon out of a wooden BBQ skewer, a balloon, and a stabilizing bottle top
– Open a can the Russian way: using just a knife and some strategic angles
– Pick a padlock with an aluminum scrap from a soda can
– Modify an aluminum can into an alcohol-fueled gas stove
– Use aluminum foil to create a battery-dud to complete the circuit when you only have one battery to power a flashlight that requires two.
– Power small devices with the miniature cells inside a AA battery by peeling it open, carefully
– Reconfigure paper clips into wire electrodes to connect batteries to a light bulb and create a flashlight.
Seriously, this guy is the Russian MacGyver!
Train your mind to re-envision the common items around you. Many of them can serve your survival needs and create comfort at times when there is little else around to work with.
There are infinite possibilities, and you are only limited by your cleverness once you understand the basic principles involved.