Look around you.
If you had to survive on the items you had within arms reach, could you? You may be surprised at the different ways everyday items can be hacked for survival.
Learning how to think outside the box for uses of typical items can increase your chances of survival.
Read on to find out how some common items you may have in your house can be used (And of course, try these at your own risk)...
What you need: orange and vegetable oil. Use a knife to cut the skin of the orange around the center. Separate the skin from the orange, which should be bowl shaped. When you remove the skin, it should leave a stem in the center for the wick. Then pour vegetable oil over the wick and into the orange. Light the wick and it should burn like a candle.
Soda Can Lock Pick
All you need is a soda can, and you can use it to crack open a combination lock. Cut a small rectangular piece from the soda can.
You will then cut the piece so that it is in this shape:
Slide the narrow end of the aluminum into the combination lock as far as it can go. Use the tabs to twist the aluminum around the latch. Once you have it twisted 180°, you should be able to unlatch the lock.
Steel Wool Fire
If you have steel wool, a 9V battery, and a cotton ball laying around, this is an easy way to start a fire. Take a small piece of steel wall and touch the battery to it. This should cause the steel wool to spark up. Place the cotton ball on the steel wool to get a flame going.
Balloon and Arrow
What you need: Balloon, water bottle, and skewers. Cut the threads on the top of the water bottle off. Slide the open part of the balloon over the threads. You can then slide the skewer into the balloon. Pull the balloon and skewer back and let it snap, sending the skewer out like an arrow.
What you need: Light bulb, paper clip, batteries, electrical tape. Stretch out the paper clip. If you need to use more than one, attach them with the electrical tape. Twist one end of the paper clip around the light bulb. Attach two batteries together and use electrical tape to keep them together. Place the bottom of the bulb on the positive end of the battery and connect the other end of the paper clip to the negative end. This should cause the bulb to light up, creating a small flashlight.
Aluminum Foil Battery
Start with a large piece of aluminum foil. You will then fold it in half several times, until it is about the size of the battery you need. Then, roll the foil up into the shape of a battery. You can then drop the foil into a flashlight, and it should provide the connection needed for the flashlight to work.
Gum Wrapper Fire
What you need: Battery and gum wrapper. Cut the gum wrapper into long, thin strips. Connect each end of one strip to the positive and negative ends of the battery. You will probably need to use something to keep from burning your hand. The wrapper should quickly catch fire.
What you need: Straw, needle, magnet. Cut two short pieces from a straw. You will then need to magnetize a needle. This can be done by running the needle along the magnet from a hard drive. Attach one piece of the straw to either end of the needle and drop it in a glass of water. The needle should then align north.
Can Oil Lamp
What you need: Can, cotton cloth, and vegetable oil. Start by cutting the can in half. You will then cut several slits into the top portion of the can, so you can squeeze it into the bottom of the can. Done properly, the can should look about half the size it was before. You will then need to puncture a hole into the top of the can to feed the cloth through. Poor vegetable oil into the bottom portion of the can. Dip the cloth into the oil and let it soak for several minutes. Twist the end of the cloth and pull it through the hole you punched earlier. Close the can back up and you can then light the end of the cloth.
Check out the video from CrazyRussianHacker which shows each one of these hacks in action:
There you have it. Several everyday items turned into very useful survival tools. Have any tips you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below. Also, remember to like and share on Facebook. And if you'd like to receive tips like this in your inbox, sign up for our newsletter below.Sign Up For Our Newsletter