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13 Smart Survivalist Tricks That Actually Solve Everyday Problems

Disastrously smart.

1. Learn how to tell the time using the sun, moon, or North Star in case you're somewhere without a clock (or your phone dies on a camping trip).

2. Store dried foods like rice, pasta, and beans in clean, empty soda bottles to keep them fresh for a very long time.

3. Or opt for glass mason jars, which function similarly but may help things last longer because they're sealable — even without electricity.

4. Open stuck jars using a few inches of duct tape.

5. And make sure you always have duct tape on hand by making a mini roll on a pen, old gift card, or cylindrical keychain.

6. Next time you pack for a weekend trip, save space with a military-style skivvy roll.

7. Solve minor outfit crises at your desk by bending a paperclip into a safety pin.

8. Make more storage space by adding an inexpensive row of shelves ~above~ the shelves already in your closet.

9. Start your backyard fire pit using a pencil sharpener and a stick from your yard.

10. Complete the connection between a battery and a loose spring by folding a tiny piece of aluminum to fill the gap.

11. Learn basic camping, fishing, hiking, and boating knots, especially if you do any of those activities for fun.

12. Lace your shoes strategically to help them fit better.

13. Use a clean tampon to help staunch bleeding from a cut or scrape until you can get the care you need.

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