While it isn’t the deep, dark forest, a parking lot at night can still be a freaky place to have to get through. If you’re worried about getting jumped, grab your ring of keys, so the points stick through the gaps in your fist. Anybody that wants a piece of you will get a face full of sharp metal before they can say “stick ’em up.”
The keys probably won’t do much damage unless you get them in the eye, but the shock value is a big part of this tactic. It would be like trying to rob a porcupine.
Preserve Meat on the Road
For some, hunting is a good bit of fun. For others, it's life or death. Transporting the meat you've gathered is an important part of the process. The best way to do this is to hang the meat over a fire to smoke it, which will dry it out.
This helps preserve the meat, and also gives it a nice smoky flavor once you chow down. Obviously, this tactic won't make the meat last forever, and it should still be cooked properly, but you can keep your food supplies high or bring back a bigger haul after a hunting trip.
Keep Food Fresh Longer
Blackouts can hit anywhere, but places that suffer from storms like tornadoes or hurricanes are in greater danger. Blackouts can last from hours to weeks, and if they stretch on, your food can go bad. Keep a bunch of water bottles in your freezer (plastic bottles, so there are no bursts) so they freeze up.
If the power goes out, put the bottles in your fridge to let them contribute to the cold, and avoid opening the fridge if possible. This also lowers your power costs while they're sitting in the freezer since it doesn't have to work as hard.
Make Your Directions Clear
So you've read all the survival tips for wilderness and city life, and you're ready to jump into action if something strikes. You're there to take control of any situation. But what about everyone else? Here's a way to make sure people know how to act. If someone needs to call 911, for instance, don't just say “someone call 911.”
People might not take the initiative, or more than one person might. Single out a bystander and say, “you call 911.” Be clear. That way, everybody will know where they stand and what they can do to help.
Create a Homemade Bug Trap
Even if you aren't far from home, spending time outside has a big drawback: bugs. Most of them you can deal with, but mosquitoes are annoying and potentially dangerous. They can carry some deadly diseases. There are plenty of sprays and candles to keep them away, but here's another option. Mix water, brown sugar, and yeast together to create something that mosquitoes can't ignore.
You can improve the trap with a two-liter soda bottle, cut in half and with the top reversed. The little scamps will gladly fly toward the interesting smell and CO2 and drown or get trapped.