Most of us like to think we’re adaptable, quick-thinking, and inventive. When it comes to survival  – the more you know, the better you’ll thrive. Here are six camping and survival hacks to help you along the way.

 

Do-it Yourself Desalination Bottle

Whether you’re on a three-hour cruise or making a bug out bag, having a compact water bottle with desalination properties makes sense. To make your own all you need is a few supplies including a non-insulating stainless steel bottle with a metal lid, coils of copper tubing, wet piece of fabric, drill, sandpaper, soldering torch, soldering iron, and this handy how to YouTube video.

 

The Condom Canteen

A lot of survivalists recommend keeping non-lubricated condoms in your survival kit. In addition to using it as a fire starter or to protect your fire tinder on a rainy day, you can transform it into a water reservoir. With strong and flexible material, you can use a condom to store sizable amounts of fresh water in a pinch. It’s recommended that you fill the condom when it’s protected by a sock to keep it safe when you’re on the move. You can use a dry branch to carve a stopper. Make your own sling and you can get moving with your make-shift water bottle.

Ramen Noodle Stove

Once allocated to the diets of poor students, Ramen noodles have evolved into so much more. Favoured by foodies and survivalists Ramen is versatile and lightweight. They don’t take up a lot of backpack space. Turn the food into fire fuel and use it as a micro stove. Soak the dried brick with alcohol or other flammable liquid and set it to use as a single burner for up to 20 minutes per side. Need a smaller flame for a source of light? Run out of batteries in your flashlight? Ignite a crayon using a lighter or match and you can enjoy its light for as many as 30 minutes. A full box is lightweight, to include for your camping activities.

Tick Free in One Sip

Ticks are becoming a huge issue. According to the CDC instances of Lyme Disease increased by 300 percent from 1993 to 2012 alone.  If you find yourself or a loved one with an attached tick, the best way to remove it is to pinch the head of the tick and pull upwards. When you don’t have tweezers, you have a few other options. You can make your own remover by cutting an eye-shaped hole near one end of a straw that is big enough to fit over the ticks’ entire body. Make sure the edge of the eye closest to the end of the straw comes to a fine point. Put the straw over the tick and wedge the tick’s head and neck in the fine pointed corner of the eye. Next pull steadily, until the tick is detached. No straws? Make a lasso with a thin piece of string threaded through a mechanical pencil to remove your tick.

Fishing Hacks

Need food? Forgot or have no access to a rod? No problem. You can turn soda can tabs into fishing hooks with a sharp pair of scissors. To make a lure you can shred a segment of paracord just so and you’re set.

Chapstick For Scrapes & Cuts

When you can’t make it to your travel first aid kit you can seal off your minor cuts and scrapes using Chapstick. While there are some antibacterial elements in Chapstick to help clean up your scrapes, you’ll need access to a proper first aid kit soon.

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