So you forgot a big lantern to illuminate your campsite for the night. That’s okay, there’s another way to keep the place well-lit. Take a gallon jug, and fill it with water. Attach a headlamp to the outside, pointing into the jug’s side. It creates a super-bright lantern that might actually surprise you.
Your headlamp will be out of use, but it’s still a pretty good trade-off. The water can even come from a lake or river. Of course, you have to have a gallon jug with you, which isn’t a common carry-on…but maybe it should be.
The Trick of Fake Body Heat
If you're out in the cold for a long, long time, you might start to suffer hypothermia – freezing to death. If you're suffering from hypothermia, you might start to feel warm. Really warm. In your confused, frozen state, you might even start to take your clothes off. Try not to do this!
It's called vasodilation, and it happens while we're getting close to the end, and our heart is going wild to warm us back up. Taking clothes off will just cool you down even faster, and that will be that.
Make a Rudimentary Gorge
A fishing gorge is a tool people used to fish before the hook became more useful, and you can make your own if you're stuck without food and need to get some fish. Take a small branch and whittle it down with a knife until it's about two inches long with a sharp point on each end.
Cut a v-notch in the middle, and wrap a piece of fishing line, twine, or rope there. Spear some bait on one of the ends and dangle it in the water until you feel a tug.
Pen Pocket Bellow
A pocket bellow is a nifty tool for any survivalist to help get a fire going or maintain an already-lit one. But they're small, which makes them easy to lose, and that's not a situation you want to find yourself in.
Unscrew the clip from your pen and connect it to your pocket bellow. It'll fit like a glove, and you can keep your pocket bellow attached to you without fear of losing it.
Keep Pets Away From Rock Salt
If you're in an area of the world that sees a good amount of snow, then you're probably familiar with rock salt — the stuff they spread on roads to keep them from icing over. It's incredibly helpful to avoid injuries and crashes, but it can be dangerous to animals.
We're told that just a single lick of the stuff can be enough to make a dog hellaciously ill, even threatening its life if they've consumed enough. If you're spending some quality time outside with your pets in the snow, make sure to clean off their paws, so they don't lick any of it up.