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.
Safety in the Parking Lot
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.
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.
Clean Wild Wounds
Getting snagged by a wandering branch or scraping a knee on a rock is a common enough occurrence while you're outside. Those scratches can be dirty, leading to infections, which can lead to a lot of bad things. Here's how to flush out a wound.
Take a regular bottle of water and poke a small hole in the cap. You should only need a needle or something of a similar size to achieve this. Fill the bottle with water, and squeeze it to create a narrow jet of water with enough pressure to flush out the wounds you've accumulated.
Spread Some Colorful Light
If you're exploring an unfamiliar area, light is critical. If you're lost somewhere in the wilderness, it can mean the difference between life and death. Taking multiple light sources while you explore is imperative, but sometimes you run out of options. Well, here's another: most crayons, if lit like a candle, can burn for about thirty minutes each.
The crayon is just wax surrounded by paper, just slightly different than a wick in wax. This should be your last resort if you're stuck in the dark, but if you're the artistic sort, you can have an extra layer of safety.