Whether you’re an apocalyptic nut job or just another concerned world citizen, it’s never too early to prepare for the apocalypse. You know, just in case!
Whether you believe in the apocalypse being a possibility or not, you won’t want to be the only one on the block that doesn’t know an easy way to start a fire or create makeshift tools out of everyday objects.
Forget the zombies, think about the scenarios in ‘The Mountain Between Us’, ‘San Andreas’, ‘The Colony’ or ‘The Grey’. Literally, anything could be happened…
Here we run down a heep of life hacks that are not only great survival tools, in case of an emergency, but may just save your life in the event that the world ends tomorrow.
If you run out of candles, crayons can be used as an alternative as they are made out of wax. They can burn for up to 30 minutes.
You can start a fire easily using steel wool and the ends of a battery.
You can start a fire using ice. Form the ice into a sphere. This sphere can be used in the same way as magnifying glass to harness the sun’s power and heat to spark a fire from tinder.
Getting a fire going needs tinder, as a substitute for pieces of wood or paper, you could also use cotton balls. Cover some cotton balls in petroleum jelly, like Vaseline, and it’ll work just as well! If you put a bunch into a mold and then pour some kind of wax over them, you can pop them out of the mold for easier storage.
Unfortunately, without stores or other modern conveniences, being able to just buy a planter or pot to put your seeds in and grow yourself a little garden is, frankly, not happening.
Instead, using recycled toilet paper rolls or using paper towel rolls that are cut in half and putting them inside of a shoe box or other small storage box as makeshift planters to get your seeds going and ready to be planted into the ground is an eco-friendly, apocalypse-friendly solution.
Aluminum foil can pretty much replace your entire kitchen. You can store food in it to keep it fresh, store other valuables in it so they don’t get wet, mold it into utensils, and use it as an eating surface. Aluminum foil doesn’t burn it can be used directly on top of a fire to cook things on or inside of it.
You can make fishing hooks out of the pop top from a soda can. Soda cans can also be used for lanterns with a candle inside of them.
Wasting energy is a terrible idea. Imagine all the energy that you’d be wasting carrying one or two jugs of water at a time back and forth from the river to your camp. All you need is a long stick of some sort – like a cane, a hockey stick, or something similar – that you can slide through the handles of your water jugs. That way, you can carry several back with you at once instead of just one or two.
Basically, if you have eggs and want to know how old they are or if they’re safe to eat, take a big glass, jar, or bowl of water and drop the eggs in. If they land on their side, they’re fresh. If they sit up on their end a tiny bit, they’re about a week old. If they sit up on their end completely, they’re about a few weeks old and you should probably eat them immediately. If they float all the way to the top, well, you’re pretty screwed.
Store your spices in Tic Tac containers, this makes it easier to store and carry them when you’re traveling.
Plastic bottles can be cut, and the bottoms can be used to make spoons. Beware of those sharp edges though – burn around them and sculpt them into a rounder form.
Apocalyptic First Aid Kit
Nylon pantyhose can be used to filter larger particles out of liquids. They can also be used as a tourniquet to stop bleeding.
If you break a bone, you can make a cast from of duct tape to help set the bone for proper healing. Be sure to use toilet paper or cotton underneath the duct tape for comfort.
Tampons and tape can be used as makeshift bandages. One tampon can make several small bandages. Multiple tampons can be used to create a large bandage for bigger wounds.
Condoms can be used for many things, as latex is a non-porous material. They can be used to store valuables to keep them from getting wet. They also can be used like a latex glove to protect your hands from infections while working with unsanitary materials.
Although it seems like a bright idea to eat snow, it can actually have more harmful effects on your body. The cold temperature of the snow lowers your own body temperature. Collect the snow and wait for it to melt and later drink the water after it has been warmed up a bit.
Wear clothing made of natural fibers such as cotton and wool hold on to water and other liquids which can lead to hypothermia.
You can purify water with bleach. Add 2 drops of bleach to a water bottle or soda bottle filled with unsanitary water and let it sit for 30 minutes. This will make the water drinkable.
Avoid frostbite with Baby Oil. Chopping firewood and keeping a fire going can keep you warm when you’re near it, but that still puts you at danger of getting frostbite when you’re out in the elements. baby oil or vaseline on the small exposed bits of skin that your winter clothing don’t cover will protect your skin from too much damage.
Strategy and Defence
Did you write down your plans for where you’re going to be heading next? A secret message about where someone in your group went? Something else you don’t want to fall into the wrong hands? Instead of just crossing it out or scribbling over it with swirly lines, write other words or the alphabet over the top of it. It’ll make it nearly impossible to read, unlike the other methods, and it’ll be faster and waste less ink than scribbling hard over the top of it.
Make your makeshift weapon. Start with a bike wheel – Bike Wheel Bow. Find rubber medical tubing for the fold.
Ever had something that needed AA batteries right away, but you only had AAA and you weren’t gonna be able to get the right size for a while? Well, problem solved! Just take some tin foil, wad it up, and stick it in the positive end where it connects to your device and voila!
KNOW YOUR LIMITS
The most important key to surviving any situation, with or without zombies, is to know your limits and be able to prioritize what you need the most. Although these tips and tricks can be useful, they won’t matter much if you’re out there without shelter or without enough water and food to survive. What good is knowing how to start a fire with cotton balls or carry around your spices in tiny containers if you don’t have somewhere to sleep at night?
Prioritize the most important parts of your survival and adapt.