The world can be crazy place, and a lot can go wrong before you even know it. One moment you’re happily hiking along a trail, and in the next you’re stuck in a life-or-death situation, forced to rely only on your wits to survive.
That’s why it’s extremely important to know basic survival skills should you ever find yourself in such a precarious situation. As they say, you don’t want to be stuck up a creek without a paddle!
Here are 12 survival hacks to help you not only survive, but to fight the elements, too. Be sure to remember them, because they could save your life some day…
1. Use an empty egg carton to quickly start a fire: It’s important to be able to build a fire to stay warm in cold temperatures. An easy way is to stuff a bundle of small twigs or coal into the slots of an egg carton. Once they’re inside, use a lighter or matches to light the bottom. Then, you can add other materials to keep the fire burning.
2. Filter water using a T-shirt: Staying hydrated in the wilderness is a must, but it’s not always easy when the water isn’t clean. To make a DIY filter, you can cut the bottom of two soda bottles in half. Fill one with the dirty water and keep the other empty. Tear a piece of cloth, dip one end into each container, and place the dirty water on an elevated surface. Over time, the water will filter itself through the cloth and into the empty bottle.