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Looking for new survival hacks for your next camping trip? This short list provides very useful techniques using simple items!

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In this article:

  1. DIY Survival Hacks with Simple Items
    1. Use Dryer Sheets to Repel Mosquitoes
    2. Make a Survival Fishing Kit with a Soda Tab and Dental Floss
    3. Make a Survival Stove Out of a Coffee Can
    4. Make an Emergency Candle Out of a Crayon
    5. Use a Peanut Can to Protect Your Toilet Paper While Camping

Clever Survival Hacks Using Everyday Items

DIY Survival Hacks with Simple Items

We’re always looking for interesting ways to repurpose everyday items as survival tools. You’d be surprised just how many prepper hacks you can get out of the things you probably have lying around your house — even things you might throw away every day.

1. Use Dryer Sheets to Repel Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes will always be a part of the great outdoors. It’s a good thing you can use dryer sheets to repel them as a considerably cheap solution, too.


The sheets seem to have a chemical compound that repels mosquitoes. Just rub a couple of dryer sheets on your body where mosquitoes normally target.

2. Make a Survival Fishing Kit with a Soda Tab and Dental Floss


Did you know a mere soda tab and some dental floss can convert to a fishing tool? With just a pair of scissors, the soda tab can be made into a hook for fishing, while the floss is a strong enough string to hold the hook.

All that’s left to do is secure your bait then off to fish.

3. Make a Survival Stove Out of a Coffee Can


This next item uses a medium-sized coffee can to make a survival stove. Just a few simple cuts around the can and a toilet paper roll inside will do the trick.

You can use rubbing alcohol as the fuel source to last for several cooking sessions.

RELATED: 9 Smart Soda Can Survival Hacks You Need To Know

4. Make an Emergency Candle Out of a Crayon

There are times when you need immediate lighting and there’s no candle in sight. All you need to do is use kindergarten crayons.

Place a crayon on a fireproof surface and light the tip with a match until it catches fire. The paper around the crayon will act as a wick and will last longer than you expect.

5. Use a Peanut Can to Protect Your Toilet Paper While Camping



It’s frustrating when your toilet paper gets wet, especially when using it in the outdoors. Luckily, you can utilize a peanut can to protect it.

Cut a slit from top to bottom on the peanut can to make way for the tip of the toilet paper to get through. Shove the toilet paper in the can and it’s done!


Check out this video from Household Hacker and see detailed instructions on how to make these hacks possible:

How’s this short list for some brilliant survival hacks? You’ll never know what you can benefit from those simple household items. Give a moment of thinking and surely, it won’t be too difficult for you to make your own survival hacks!

Got some great survival hacks of your own? Tell us about it in the comments section below!



Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 27, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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