Now that the weather is getting warmer campers and backpackers should prepare themselves for things that might happen.
You could get lost on a hike with limited water, need to make a fire, shield yourself from the sun, or even cook up some food.
Here are 5 Survival Hacks You Need This Summer
Lost in the woods? Use a mixture of green and dried kindling on your fire. When the flame is large enough, briefly smother it with your green leaves.
Ran out of water
If you don't have a water filter straw or a fresh water source you're not completely SOL. Dig a hole, cut a water bottle in half, put the bottom half in the hole and cover with plastic. A rock in the center and small cut out will allow the collected moisture to drip through.
Or tie off leafy branches with plastic bags. They will collect moisture.
Without a hat in midday sun, you're just asking for heatstroke. Use your tshirt as a balaclava mask to keep dust and sun rays off of your head, neck, face, and shoulders.
Need kindling but don't have a knife? Borrow your kid's pencil sharpener to cut up perfect fire starter kindling.
Smoke-Free Fire Hole
The Dakota Fire Hole is a great way to make a fire that can't be seen when people walk by.
Great if you're keeping a low profile, the conditions are windy, or you need a hot flame for cooking.
As far as the usefulness of these survival hacks - I'd say being able to collect water out of thin air is the most important. The downside is that it takes a long time.