39 Survival Hacks That Could Actually Save Your Life 2023

Modern technology has made life significantly more accessible. However, there are times when knowing some hacks or good old home remedies is helpful.

I can recall numerous occasions where knowing a survival hack helped me overcome a challenging situation.

Even though you probably won’t be in too many of those scenarios, it’s still good to know a few survival tips.

Check out these 39 survival hacks that could save your life and prove helpful in times of need. 

Let’s dig in.

In This Article

Survival Hack #1
Soak a cotton pad with petroleum jelly to JUMP-START a fire.

survival hack soaking a cotton ball or cotton pad with petroleum jelly to JUMP-START a fire

Survival Hack #2.
Have a jar that refuses to open? Grab some handy duct tape!

Survival Hack #3.
Need a Bright Light? Use an aluminum can. The aluminum will reflect the light.

survival hack use an aluminum can. The aluminum will reflect the light

Survival Hack #4.
If you are worried about potential frostbite, use baby oil on the exposed skin.

survival hack use baby oil on your exposed skin

Survival Hack #5.
If you get a flat tire, filling the tire up with grass can help you reach your destination.

survival hack if you get a flat tire and you lack a spare tire, filling the tire up with grass can help you reach your destination

Survival Hack #6.
Dry chips catch fire when ignited, making them great for starting fires.

survival hacks chip minerals are great for starting fires

Survival Hack #7.
Use a piece of charcoal to mark your path, leaving a trail to return to camp.

survival hacks mark your path with wood you already burnt(A.K.A. charcoal).​

Survival Hack #8.
Always keep an extra $20-50 in your phone case for emergencies.

survival hacks always keep an extra 50 in your phone case for emergencies

Survival Hack #9.
A crayon is made of wax and will burn up to 30-minutes.

survival hack 30 minute fire from crayon

Survival Hack #10.
If you don't have mosquito repellent, use Tabasco sauce on exposed skin as a makeshift repellent.

survival hacks keep the mosquitos away by putting Tabasco on exposed skin

Survival Hack #11.
Ball up pieces of tin foil if you need AA, but only have AAA.

survival hacks ball up pieces of tin foil if you need AA but only have AAA​

Survival Hack #12.
Put duck tape on the back of your heel to prevent blisters.

survival hacks prevent blisters on the back of your heel with duct tape

Survival Hack #13.
You can start a fire with some AA batteries and foil wrapper(gum wrapper)

survival hacks start a fire with a pinch with some AA batteries and foil wrapper

Survival Hack #14.
Tarp folded together can make a raft!

survival hack tarp folded together can make a raft

Survival Hack #15.
Use saltwater as a disinfectant when you have nothing else on hand.

survival hacks use salt water as a basic disinfectant when you have nothing else on hand

Survival Hack #16.
Use floss as a fishline.

survival hacks use floss as a fishline.

Survival Hack #17.
Use Scissors to make this fishing hook!

survival hacks use scissors to make this fishing hook

Survival Hack #18.
Point a flashlight or headlight at a milk carton for a lamp!

survival hacks point a flashlight or headlight at a milk carton for a lamp

Survival Hack #19.
Use any small metal rod or rolled up foil if you only have one battery, but need two.

survival hacks use any small metal rod(even rolled up foil) if you only have one battery, but need two

Survival Hack #20.
Make a stove from an empty can and some alcohol!

20. Make a stove from an empty can and some alcohol!

Survival Hack #21.
Use toothpaste to treat bug bites.

21. Use toothpaste to treat bug bites

Survival Hack #22.
Chapsticks can treat small cuts.

22. Chapsticks can treat small cuts

Survival Hack #23.
You can easily start a fire with clothing pallets!

23. You can easily start a fire with clothing pallets!
23. You can easily start a fire with clothing pallets!

Survival Hack #24.
An alternative way to make a stove without alcohol!

24. An alternative way to make a stove without alcohol!
24. An alternative way to make a stove without alcohol!
24. An alternative way to make a stove without alcohol!

Survival Hack #25.
Use water bottle to magnify light to start a fire.

25. Water bottles can start fires, by magnifying light.

Survival Hack #26. Stash a pair of old shoes in your car, so you have an extra pair during emergency.

41. Stash old shoes in your car, so if your car breaks down, your old shoes will be more conformed to your feat, and give you less blisters when walking.

Survival Hack #27.
To remove super glue, use Acetone nail polish remover.

27. To remove super glue, put on Acetone nail polish remover.

Survival Hack #28.
Make your shoes waterproof by putting wax on them.

28. If your shoes aren't waterproof, make them waterproof.

Survival Hack #29.
Making a card like this could save your life one day.

29. Making a card like this could save your life one day.

Survival Hack #30.
Bounce batteries to see if they're dead.

30. Bounce batteries to see if they're dead.

Survival Hack #31.
Have a container that doesn't fit in the sink? No problem.

31. Have a container that doesn't fit in the sink? No problem.

Survival Hack #32.
When camping, or hiking wear water resistant clothes and shoes.

39 survival hacks that could save your life (seriously)

Survival Hack #33.
Use the spaghetti as a wick to prevent burning yourself.

33. Use the spaghetti as a wick to prevent burning yourself.

Survival Hack #34.
Keep your password safe with the Ñ, because no one guesses it.

34. Keep your password safe with the 'Ñ'.

Survival Hack #35.
Easily open blister packages with a can opener!

35. Easily open blister packages.

Survival Hack #36.
Keep your possessions safe by hiding them in an unlikely place on vacations.

36. On vacations, keep your possessions safe.

Survival Hack #37.
Broke your arm? Wrap it in your t-shirt to bind it.

37. Broke your arm? wrap it in your shirt/ t-shirt(better than nothing).

Survival Hack #38.
In a fire? Drop close to the ground and crawl to an opening. Smoke rises up while fresh air settles down.

39. In a fire? Stay low to receive fresher air, and breathe through any cloth around you(for men/ kids).

Survival Hack #39
Mosquitos love blue. Don't wear it outdoors to avoid mosquitoes.

40. Mosquitos love blue. Don't wear it.

Conclusion

I hope you found these hacks helpful. Some of these hacks have been a lifesaver for me, especially having an extra pair of shoes in your car trunk. 

You do not want to be stranded outside with a broken shoe. Trust me on that. 

If you liked this article, you should check how to start a fire in the wild without any matches or lighters. Some of the techniques may surprise you. 

If you are a beginner, I highly recommend this book on survivalism in the wild, which helped me immensely.

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