Whether you’re heading out for a camping trip soon or you just like to stay prepared, there are several simple hacks you can do that are not only extremely helpful but could potentially save your life in an emergency one day. Here are a few simple life-saving tips worth keeping in mind – you never know when they could come in handy!
1. Duct tape can temporarily close a wound.
If you’re out camping and can’t get medical assistance, simply apply a strip of tape along the length of your laceration to create butterfly stitches. It’ll also help block out excess dirt and bacteria from getting into your cut, which could cause an infection.
2. Lost? You can use your wristwatch as a compass!
According to WIRED, start by holding a watch with 12 o’clock to the left, then move your arm so that the hour hand points towards the sun. The spot that’s halfway between the hour hand and the 12 is south.
3. If you have leftover duct tape from taping up your wound, you can also use it to create a DIY emergency cast!
Wrap your injured limb in toilet paper, then seal it all up with duct tape to create a quick emergency cast!
4. Petroleum jelly and lint can start a fire.
Roll a ball of lint (or cotton ball) in some petroleum jelly and light it to ignite your flames! Watch below:
5. Dandelions are actually safe to eat!
If you’re lost in the wilderness, starving, and you happen to come across the plants pictured – eat them. It may not be a gourmet Guy Fieri meal, but at least it’s something to digest! If you are able to, preparing them can be way more flavorful.
6. Drop a handful of ice cubes into a cup or bowl if your power goes out.
The cubes will melt into water that’s safe for drinking, just in case the power still hasn’t come back on after a long time.
7. Water amplifies light, so strapping a light source onto a jug can help you see where you’re going!
No more tripping over things and breaking bones (then wrapping them up with good ole TP and duct tape)!
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