I very rarely throw anything out without first trying to re purpose it for another use. I am constantly looking at new uses for regular items around my house or kayak that can be helpful in multiple ways. Any item that has multiple uses is twice as valuable to me. I have a lot of fun looking at “life hacks” on the internet. A life hack is a creative and new way to use any item or perform and task completely different than the norm. Some life hacks are genius and some are silly but I sure have a good time looking through them.
Kayak fisherman are the ultimate “life hack” ers. We are constantly looking an any unassuming thing and thinking about how we can make it useful for us on the water. That’s really where the whole DIY mentality comes from. That’s what also draws a lot of people into the sport, freedom of creativity and invention. There are a million and one kayak fishing “life hacks”, from using an old milk crate for tackle storage and rod holders to sophisticated anchor systems using coke bottles and cinder blocks. I compiled a list of some of my favorite outdoor/camping “life hacks”. Some of these I have used in the past and some I want to use, just to see if it works.
1. Strapping a headlamp to a gallon of water to make a lantern.
2. Mountain Dew + Baking Soda + Peroxide = Homemade Glow Stick
3. Use a small plastic container with a lid as a match carrier. Glue a piece of sandpaper to the underside of the lid. This keeps cardboard match boxes from getting wet and ruined. Make sure to use strike- anywhere matches.
4.Take some round cotton pads (usually used for face cleaning). Dip them in wax and keep them in a plastic zip lock bag. They are an easy way to make instant fire starters.
5. Make an emergency heat source using an old altoids tin, cardboard, and wax.
6. Use discarded Silica packets in tackle boxes to reduce moisture.