12 Simple Survival Hacks That Could Be Real Lifesavers In An Emergency

The world can be a crazy place, and a lot can go wrong before you even know it. One moment you're happily hiking along a trail, and in the next, you're stuck in a life-or-death situation, forced to rely only on your wits to survive.

That's why it's extremely important to know basic survival skills should you ever find yourself in such a precarious situation. As they say, you don't want to be stuck up a creek without a paddle!

1. Egg carton firestarter: Fires are critical for staying warm in cold temperatures. A simple trick is to stuff a bundle of small twigs or coal into the slots of an egg carton. Once they're inside, light the bottom and add other materials to keep the fire burning.
2. T-shirt water filter: Staying hydrated in the wilderness is an absolute must, but it's not always easy when the water isn't clean. To make a DIY filter, start by cutting the bottom of two soda bottles in half.
Fill one with the dirty water and keep the other empty. Tear a piece of cloth, dip one end into each container, and place the dirty water on an elevated surface. Over time, the water will filter itself through the cloth and into the empty bottle.
3. Start a fire using a wax crayon: There are, of course, many ways to start a fire in the wilderness. Another great example works much like a candle would. If you don't have a candle to burn, you can use crayons instead...