Survival can be a difficult concept to learn, especially when SHTF and you are left with the bare minimum to survive. Lucky for you we are experts on DIY survival at Valley Food Storage.
To help you prepare for when SHTF we have created a list of 20 DIY Survival prepper hacks that are easy to learn.
Once you finish reading this article you will be looking at everyday objects with a whole new perspective for all the survival uses they have.
Prepper hacks are exactly what they sound like, hacks that any prepper can do with the bare minimum. In this article we detail 20 survival hacks any prepper can learn within a matter of minutes.
A majority of these hacks contain quick steps on how to turn everyday objects into useful survival equipment.
In addition to the quick steps we also sprinkle in a few use cases for some highly versatile everyday items.
These use cases aren't the only uses for these items but they will get you thinking critically about the extensive uses for common household items.
We all know how important it is to have fire in a survival situation. But what do you do when you don’t have any dry tinder to start a fire?
Lucky for you we have a list of a number of products you can use as a fire starter. All of the household products listed below are highly flammable items and will work amazingly to get a fire started in a pinch.
Sometimes creating a fire isn’t an option to cook your emergency food. However, there are other options for cooking food during an emergency.
Our top pick for cooking when fire isn’t available is creating a DIY alcohol stove. Below we list the steps for creating one of these stoves out of items that are commonly found around your home or a campsite.
Our top pick for water collection is a rain barrel; however, having a full size rain barrel isn’t always a possibility in some emergency situations.
When you’re away from your home and a rainwater barrel isn't available you can create a makeshift rainwater collection with an emergency blanket or tarp.
IMPORTANT: Remember this water should still be treated before drinking.
As we already discussed earlier duct tape can be used as an emergency fire starter.
As you probably assumed there are a million other uses for duct tape in a survival situation.
Below we list a few of our favorite uses for duct tape. These are not the only uses for duct tape in a survival situation but they are the ones we thought you would start to help you think critically about the uses for everyday household items.
Most of us keep an emergency flashlight with us in our emergency or survival packs. But flashlight batteries don’t last forever.
So what do you do when your flashlight runs out of juice and you're left in the dark. You make a homemade survival candle!
Our personal favorite is a crayon candle but that's not the only household item that can be used to burn for multiple hours.
Below we list five other household items besides a crayon you can use to produce light for hours.
When SHTF, professional medical care is usually not an option. That's when you need to put on one of your many prepping hats and become Dr. Prepper.
You're not a real doctor and this isn't medical advice but It can buy you some time before you can get the professional medical attention you need. So to prepare you for when you need to become Dr. Prepper we listed a number of common items that you can use to make a DIY sling in any situation.
This is one of our favorite DIY survival hacks because it shows just how innovative you can be with the few items you have around your home.
With something as simple as an aluminum can tab you can turn it into a life saving tool when SHTF. Below we list the steps to turn your aluminum can tabs into a survival fishing hook.
Even if you don’t need a fishing hook in your emergency situation we hope this gets you thinking tactically about the many uses for the items you use everyday.
In an emergency situation knowing your cardinal directions can be the difference between wondering around the woods aimlessly and safely making your way to civilization.
With a survival compass you can find the true north anywhere in the world with only a few household items.
The items you will need are listed below in a bulleted list so you can easily read over them and remember exactly what you need to find true north.
When SHTF you might not always be in the safety of your home. If you find yourself away from your home knowing how to build an emergency shelter is an incredibly valuable skill. Why would you need an emergency shelter, you ask?
Well emergency shelters will protect you from the elements as well as predators depending on what region in the United States you live in.
If you don't already know how to build an emergency shelter we have an easy step by step guide below that will detail how to build a simple emergency shelter.
This is another one of our favorite DIY survival hacks. Not only because it's a great survival hack but because it's just a lot of fun to do and extremely easy to make.
Okay, now that you're as excited as we are let's get into it. To make a DIY smoke signal flair you will only need three supplies, a ping pong ball, a lighter and some tin foil.
This works because ping pong balls are highly flammable and produce a lot of smoke.
Although you only need one ping pong ball the more you have the better as you can produce more smoke and create a bigger signal.
This might single handedly be one of the most useful survival hacks on this list. Frostbite is extremely dangerous and anyone can fall victim to it if they are in the cold long enough.
However those who know our secret frostbite prevention hacks will have much better odds of avoiding frostbite when SHTF in low temperatures.
And the best part about this hack is that it's extremely simple and only takes two steps.
We know that humans can survive a week without food but only 3 days without water. In a survival situation water can often be scarce so when you find it you want to be able to store it and keep it close.
This is where the DIY canteen comes in handy. With a DIY canteen you can create a bottle to carry water when one isn't available.
Can you guess what our DIY canteen is made of? Our favorite material, duct tape!
Now this survival hack may seem obvious but we think it’s the lowest hanging fruit to prepare you for an emergency situation.
This hack is simple and only involves stocking up on survival food for emergencies.
The emergency food you stock isn't the only part of this hack however. Where you keep the emergency food is the most important part of this hack.
Below we list the steps you should take once you secure emergency food to make sure it’s available in emergency situations.
As we mentioned earlier humans can last a week without food but only 3 days without drinking water.
There are non-DIY options for drinking water such as water filtration straws and water purification tablets.
Sometimes an emergency can strike and these non-DIY water filtrations methods won't be available.
In these cases you will want to know how to create your own water filtration system to avoid parasites and diseases that come with drinking unpurified water.
This DIY fish trap is not designed to catch large fish. This fish trap is designed to catch small bait fish that you can use to catch larger fish.
These bait fish can be used on your DIY fish hook or a store bought hook if you have one available.
Once again we will be using a plastic water bottle like we have used for a few other DIY hacks in this article.
Dental floss can be an extremely versatile survival tool when you find yourself in a survival situation.
The uses for dental floss are almost as limitless as duct tape; however we have picked a few of our favorite uses and listed them below.
Just like duct tape you might not need these exact uses in your survival situation but it should get you thinking critically about all the uses for dental floss.
Earlier we talked about how to make DIY candles in case you don't have a flashlight on hand.
Now we will discuss how to make a DIY lantern if you do have a flashlight. To create a lantern from a flashlight you will only need 2-3 supplies, a milk jug, a flashlight, and something to secure the light to the milk jug.
You can bypass securing the light to the milk jug if you are using a headlamp instead of a handheld flashlight.
We have explained how to make a survival flare from tinfoil earlier but that is only one of the many survival uses for tinfoil.
Just like duct tape and dental floss DIY survival uses for tinfoil are vast. Below we list a few of the most useful survival hacks for tin foil.
However as you probably guessed these are just to help you think critically about the uses for tin foil and not the only uses.
In some survival situations you will find yourself facing high water that you will need to cross.
This can happen when you need to cross a deep river or from flooding after a hurricane.
When you find yourself in these situations knowing how to make a DIY floatation device becomes crucial.
The best part about this hack is that you will only need duct tape and a pair of full length pants.
Duct tape isn’t a necessity in this hack, however it does seem to work the best and is often available in most survival situations.
We can’t take full credit for this hack as it comes from the children's story Hansel and Gretel.
The idea of this hack is leaving markers along the trail you are following to make sure you can find your way back to your campsite and start mapping out your surrounding area.
Unlike Hansel and Gretel we don’t recommend using bread crumbs as a way to mark your trail. We recommend marking your trails by using trees with high visibility markers.
Below we list some of the best markers to track a trail with but they aren't the only things you can use.
As long as the marker is highly visible and can be secured to a tree it is suitable to be used as a trail marker.