#1 Heat a room with a clay pot and candles.
If your power goes off in winter, take a few large bricks, a terra-cotta pot, and some candles. Light the candles and put the bricks around them. Turn the pot upside down and place it on the bricks, covering burning candles. This DIY air heater can easily heat an entire room.
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#2 Use a crayon as a candle.
In case of emergency, you can use crayons as a source of fire and light. For example, Crayola crayons are made out of paraffin wax, so you can easily light one up and it will burn for up to 30 minutes.
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#3 Treat small skin cuts with Chapstick.
The waxy substance of Chapstick can stop small cuts from bleeding. Besides that, it can treat bug bites and rashes and protect your skin from dirt and bacteria.
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#4 Use a bra to protect your lungs.
If you’re caught in a raging fire, you should immediately protect your lungs from toxic ash, smoke, and dust. In this case, you can use the cup of your bra as a debris mask — just cover your nose and mouth with it and tighten the straps to attach it to your head.
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#5 Use a straw to unfreeze a car lock.
Insert a plastic drinking straw into the keyhole of your car and blow into it several times. The hot air exhaled from your breath will heat the lock and you’ll be able to open the door.
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#6 Use condoms to waterproof your gadgets.
Condoms can help you to keep your phone and other essential things dry even if you have to jump into water with them. They can also be used to store spare drinking water because they can hold up to a gallon of water.
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#7 Waterproof your matches with nail polish.
To make your matches waterproof, dip the heads of them into a nail polish bottle or simply paint the tips of each match like you normally do with your nails. Let them dry and then repeat with the bottom.
#8 Make a fishing rod out of a can.
An ordinary drink can can be easily transformed into a fishing rod. Use a knife to pry off the tab on the top and make an improvised fishing hook out of it. Then tie it to a piece of dental floss or thread and wind the rest around the can.
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#9 Start a fire with a lemon.
Lemon juice can conduct electricity. Just take zinc nails, copper clips, or even a dime and a penny and insert them into a lemon. Connect the metal parts to one another with a wire and leave the ends of it free. If you touch the exposed wire tips together, you’ll get a spark that can start a small fire.
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#10 Protect your skin from frostbite with baby oil.
If it’s freezing outside, slather your face with baby oil — it will create a thin layer of protection against the cold weather and help prevent frostbite.
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#11 Use bleach to make water drinkable.
Common household bleach contains chlorine that is a good disinfectant. So if you don’t have heat to boil water, add a drop or 2 of unscented bleach to your bottle and let it sit for a few minutes.
#12 If you don’t have a blanket, use bubble wrap.
Bubble wrap has many tiny pockets of air that can act as a good protector against the cold. Just cover your body properly and try not to pop all the bubbles while you are inside.
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#13 Fill a punctured tire with leaves.
If you don’t have an air pump but you need to fix a flat tire to get home, grab a bunch of grass or leaves and evenly pack the tire with as much as possible. This will help you with riding until you can reach a safe place.
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