We all know that being able to get heat and light when we need it is a big survival tactic, and here’s a way to warm up that might escape you. Take an old Altoids tin (empty, obviously) and pack it full of corrugated cardboard.
You can hit the cardboard with a match or lighter to create a tiny fire that will give you a little bit of heat and light, allowing you to find your way out of a sticky situation, create a larger fire for the night, or heat up some food until it’s safe to eat.
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.
Keep Toilet Paper Out of the Rain
Aside from preventing you from using suspicious plants in a delicate area, toilet paper can be used for fire kindling if you're out of everything else. Soggy toilet paper, however, will help neither situation. So, if you're in an area with a lot of precipitation, you might find your toilet paper getting soggy and useless. Use an old plastic coffee canister with a slot cut in the side to stick your roll of toilet paper inside.
Tuck the paper back into the slot while you're on the move (or the sky is threatening) to ensure you have something dry and comfortable to clean up with. Add a handle by taping on some cord or wire for easier transportation.
Use a Shirt as an Emergency Sling
Hopefully, you're never in a situation where this becomes necessary, but if your buddy breaks an arm or collarbone and you have an extra shirt handy (or a shirt in general), here's something you can do.
Pass the head (just the head, not the whole body) through the top hole, then put the injured arm through both of the shirt's armholes. Adjust as necessary for maximum comfort and keep the arm close to the body. It will work in a pinch, but it's best to find medical help as soon as possible.
Getting Out of a Sinking Car
While it doesn't happen often, we're all a little scared of hitting some ice and skidding into a river. It's hard to act right if you're in panic mode, but here's what you can do if you find yourself in this scary situation. Headrests on seats have a pair of metal prongs that can be used to break open a window.
Make sure you unbuckle your seatbelt first and watch out for flying glass. Opening the door can be hard due to the water pressure, so this will mean you always have a way to escape your vehicle.