Preparedness

Simple Survival Hacks

1. Use AAA batteries in AA battery gadgets by making up the difference with tin foil.

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2. Slip a $20 bill in between your phone case and your phone so you’ll always have some emergency funds on hand.

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3. In a pinch, you can write a message in a bottle and send smoke signals with a crayon.

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4. Soak cotton balls in paraffin wax or petroleum jelly. Later, you can use them as fire starters.

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5. A coffee canister will keep your toilet paper dry.

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6. If you cover a bunch of branches with a tarp, you can build yourself a makeshift raft.

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7. Tic Tac containers are perfect for spices and dry condiments.

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8. Instead of plastic bags, transfer food like beans and rice into plastic bottles. They’re less likely to rip and spill.

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9. An Altoids tin with corrugated cardboard can be used as a tiny portable heater or light source.

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10. Wolverine your hands with your car keys if you feel unsafe walking to your car.

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11. Water, brown sugar, and yeast will make a chemical-free mosquito trap.

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12. A water jug and a head lamp make an ambient lantern bright enough to light up a tent.

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13. Add a layer of sand insulation between two terracotta pots. Water the sand and place your food in the smaller, center pot for an off-the-grid fridge.

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14. In an emergency, you can fill a flat tire with grass.

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15. A glow stick and a mousetrap attached to a tripwire make a lo-fi security system. If the trip wires are triggered, the snapping of the mousetrap will activate the glow stick and alert you to an intruder.

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16. You can also use the glow sticks to keep an eye on where everyone in your party is as you move around in the dark. Coordinate signals to communicate quietly across large distances.

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17. Your glasses can be used as a magnifying glass to start a fire.

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18. Trash bags work as ponchos if you’re caught by surprise rain showers.

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19. Turn soda cans into quick and easy hooks with just two snips.

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20. A mechanical pencil and a thin piece of string create a tick-removal lasso.

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21. Baby oil will help prevent frostbite on the part of your face that’s exposed to the elements.

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22. Doritos? They’re great for kindling. Best not to spend too much time thinking about this one.

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23. A wick in a jar of vegetable shortening creates a long-lasting candle in an instant.

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24. A piece of chalk will help you keep from getting lost as you blaze your own trail.

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25. An aluminum can sliced like this, with just a small candle, will have maximum reflective properties for the brightest light.

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26. Duct tape, along with about a thousand other uses, can be helpful in opening up a stubborn jar.

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Life hacks are useful enough in daily life, but they will be critical when the SHTF!

Life hacks are useful enough in daily life, but they will be critical when the SHTF.

Cool tricks and tips won’t just make your life more convenient- they will determine your ability to survive.

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This prepper tip list is full of secret life hacks that you’ll have to see to believe.

Read on and learn these unheard of hacks and tips that will shock even the most experienced prepper.

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1. Get a grip on rusted jars with some duct tape.

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If your jars have been sitting in your preps for very long there’s a good chance that those lids might not pop off as easily as expected. Use a piece of duct tape to twist that lid right off.

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 2. Create arrow heads out of keys.

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This is a great idea as a back up home defense strategy!

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 3. Use crayons as emergency survival candles.

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In a pinch you can light these up as an emergency light source!

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4. Use duct tape and toilet paper to set broken bones.

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This make shift splint will help you heel up those injuries even if you can’t make it to the hospital.

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5. Create a toothpick cannon with keyboard cleaner.

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This is more for entertainment than utility. Make this mini weapon to combat boredom!

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6. Stash emergency cash in your phone case.

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It’s somewhere that no one will ever think to look. Plus, it will stay locked up safe until you really need it!

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 7. Stave off frost bite with baby oil.

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A little baby oil can go a long way when it comes to saving your skin in extreme weather.

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 8. Improvise a safe tick remover out of thread and a mechanical pencil.

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In case you encounter ticks, here’s a method for safely and effectively removing them from your skin!

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9. Carry all your water in one trip with a stick.

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Whether you have a hockey stick around or just a branch off of a tree, you can haul all your water jugs at once with this practical tip.

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10. Turn an old bike into a crossbow.

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A bike, some tubing, a little duct tape, and you have an improvised crossbow!

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11. Turn lemons into power with a couple of pennies.

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Some pennies and some know how are all you need to turn this citrus into some electrical current.

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Pulled from http://americanpreppersnetwork.com

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Water, Food, Shelter, Other

Water

Water is truly the staff of life, without it, you will die in just a few days.  Assume that for whatever reason, your taps won’t work – there is no water coming into your home.  What else do you have?  Do you have bottled water somewhere?  Did you know there is about 50 gallons of water stored in your water heater?  There’s also a few gallons in the tank of your toilet!  If you have an outside water source – such as a lake, creek or storm drain – do you have a way to filter it?  Your first goal with water should be to be able to provide your family with 2 weeks worth of water and a way to continue filtering found water after that.  Here is a great place to start learning about water.

Food

Did you know that most people in the United States have less than 2 weeks of food stored in their home?!  If this includes you, it’s time to make a change!  Take a look at your food supplies and estimate how long you could survive on it – for most beginners it’s pretty scary!   Your first goal with food should be to have 1 month worth of meals stored, immediately after that you’re going to get 3 months worth as quickly as possible.  Here is a great place to learn about storing your own food.  Some additional fantastic resources for Food Storage are Everyday Food Storage and Food Storage Made Easy.

Shelter

It is critical that you be able to control your environment in an emergency.  The place to start is your home.  If you live in an area where it gets very cold in the winter (as in you HAVE to run a heater to survive) then the most critical thing for you is going to be able to heat your home – or rather a section (at least one bedroom) of it.  You’ll want to have a kerosene heater to keep a warm spot in your home.  Here’s a good place to start learning about heating your home in an emergency.

Other

There is A LOT more!  But this will get you off the ground on your adventure in getting prepared!  We suggest you read about The Path of the Prepper and follow it.  Join the APN and become an active member of the community. You can safely ask questions there and very quickly get 30 different opinions on what you’re trying to figure out!  You’ll be able to make new friends who are just as interested in your new lifestyle.  Find out about your state networks and get active in them.  If you’re so inclined, start making a bit of money by writing about your experience!  Everyone loves to read articles written by people who are just getting started.

If you would like to read a very comprehensive article about everything a Prepper takes into consideration,read “Ready For Anything”