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13 Survival Hacks That You Must Know

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When it comes to real life emergency situations, relying too much on survival books that you have read is a huge disadvantage. Most survivalists do not rely on survival books. Instead, it is through their creative endeavors and instincts that requires fast thinking and open mind that help them survive any situation that comes their way.

A true survivalist must know how to adapt, improvise, and make split second decisions while working with the only things that he or she has on hand.

Here are 13 survival hacks that you may or may not find useful, but are worth knowing for when you are faced with unexpected situations.

  1. Breaking a Padlock

This hack can be very useful when you misplaced or accidentally lost your key.

You will need:

Two wrenches:  The size of your wrenches depends on the size of the padlock that you are going to break.


  • Place the wrenches on either side of the lock bridge (not too high).
  • Squeeze the wrenches together until lock pops open.

  1. Travel Straw Containers

This hack is great for camping, hiking, survival kits, backpacking, and for keeping anything that can fit inside your bag that you don’t want to spill or get wet.

You will need:

  • Straws ( color doesn’t matter)
  • Hairpin
  • Lighter


  • Divide your straw into two.

  • Sealing the straw is easy: one end of the straw is held by a hairpin then a lighter is used to seal the end shut.

  • Fill your straw with shampoo, toothpaste, conditioner, etc. and seal the other end just like in the previous step.

  • Label the contents of your straw.

  1. Stepped or Sat On Some Gum?

When you accidentally stepped or sat on a gum, how do you remove it? Just place an ice cube on the gum and wait for the gum to freeze or harden. Remove the gum. Easy!

  1. Saving a Broken Nail

If you want to save your broken nail, then here’s how to do it.

  • From a teabag, cut a strip large enough to cover the broken nail. Apply a clear nail polish on the broken nail and place the strip of teabag on top of the nail.

  • Next, apply the same clear nail polish on the teabag. Using a scissor, cut the extra teabag and then finish it with a nail smoother.

  • Finally, apply your desired nail polish color on the repaired damaged nail.

  1. No Corkscrew?

Here’s how you remove a broken cork even without a corkscrew. You will need a long screw, a screwdriver, and a fork.

Just like in the picture above, insert the crew into the cork using your screwdriver. Then, use the fork to gently pull the cork out of the bottle.

  1. Have the Electricity Cut Off?

This hack is very useful  most especially when electricity is out or you are in the wilderness. You will need a cell phone with a built in flashlight and a glass of water.

Open your cell phone’s built in flashlight. Place your cell phone on an even surface. Finally, place your glass of water on top of your cell phone’s flashlight. You now have an instant lamp that will last until you phone’s battery drains of.

  1. No Bag on Hand?

A sweatshirt hoodie will do. How? Just follow these steps.

  1. How To Rest During Exercises

This hack is perfect for students and office workers who are constant need for breaks.

You will need:

  • Swimming pool floater the size of a regular notebook
  • Double sided tape
  • A notebook

How to do it:

  • Cut 2 pieces of double sided tape and stick it in your notebook. One at the top and one at the bottom.
  • Stick the pool floater into the notebook. Blow some air into the floater then close it. Done!
  1. Water Filter

Perfect for outdoor camping or survival getaway adventures.

You will need:

  • Gauze
  • 2 glass cups. One glass cup is bigger than the other.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Put down your cups in an even surface with the bigger cup placed higher than the smaller one.
  • Cut and roll a gauze as shown in the photo and place one end at the bigger cup and the other end at the smaller cup.
  • Put your unfiltered water into the bigger cup. The gauze will filter clean water into the smaller cup.
  1. Fire Starter

This hack is great for outdoor activities like camping and wilderness survival adventures.

You will need:

  • Steel wool
  • Some tissue paper cut into small strips. This will serve as your tinder.
  • A battery

Here’s how to do it:

  • Stick a strip of tissue paper to the side of the steel wool.

  • Press the battery with its positive and negative side touching the steel wool and the tissue paper strip.

  • Once the steel wool catches fire, use it to ignite your other tissue paper tinder strips.

  1. Tin Can Oil Lamp

Perfect for camping or can also serve as an emergency light when power is out.

You will need:

  • Tin can
  • Oil
  • String
  • Aluminum foil

Here’s how to do it:

  • Fill your tin can with oil and cover it with aluminum foil.

  • Cut a hole at the middle of the aluminum foil and insert your string. Light your tin can oil lamp with a lighter or a match. Done!

  1. Key Duplicate Mold Out of tin Can

This hack is not useful if the original key is lost in the first place, but is a great idea if you’re making a duplicate in advance.

Here’s How to Do It:

  • Using a match, burn one side of your original key and trace it with a clear plastic.

  • Place the image of your original key into the tin can and slowly cut the outlines of the traced key image to make your key mold.

  • Test your finished tin key mold if it can unlock your padlock.
  1. Key Organizer

The best way to not lose your keys is to organize them and keep them all together. All you need is a single cable tie. How? Refer to the image below.

Final Word:

These 13 must know survival hacks in this article are just a small portion of the hundreds of survival hacks that has been invented throughout history. More and  more hacks are being discovered and developed every single day. As they say, there is no right way to survive. Every individual has its own style, tricks, and hacks when it comes to survival.


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