1. Only make one trip back from the community well.
Use a hockey stick (or an old-fashioned regular stick) to loop sanitized milk jugs through. Sling over shoulders and you’ve enough drinking water to last your hut over a week!
2. For when the economy recovers, hide money in a phone case.
Most likely a desperate and futile gesture, but pop the back of your cell phone case off and hide a twenty spot in there, just in case.
3. Turn lemons into lemonade or electricity. Your choice.
Just because the world ended doesn’t mean you have to stop playing Candy Crush. Get detailed instructions here.
4. Before braving the bee hive for wax, try this.
Once you exhaust Grandma’s supply of scented candles, try your nephew’s crayons before cobbling together a beekeeper suit.
5. Okay, NOW cobble together a homemade bee suit.
6. THEN brave the bees to keep water (or blood) off your shoes.
7. Convert a rake handle to organize farm implements and weapons.
Just because the world is in chaos, doesn’t mean your tools have to be.
8. Finally, a use for Nacho Cheese flavored Doritos.
Because no matter how hungry you are, they’ll never taste as good as Cool Ranch.
9. Make a fashionably functional bracelet out of paracord.
10. Then store the remainder on an old pizza box because no one likes tangled cords.
A few cuts with a pair of scissors (or a knife if society has degraded far enough that scissors are a precious luxury) and you’ve got an Earth friendly rope holder.
11. Set broken bones with toilet paper and duct tape.
12. Or open that pesky jar, rusted shut after a decade.
Forget bottle caps! With its infinite uses, duct tape is the new currency.
13. Kill time, and mutant cockroaches, with a toothpick gun.
It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Then it’s a power play making you dictator for life.
14. Slather up with baby oil to delay inevitable frostbite.
15. Keep West Nile and the plague at bay with a homemade mosquito trap.
Speaking of spring, use brown sugar, yeast, hot water, and an empty two-liter to make a tempting mosquito deathtrap. Instructions here!
16. Lasso those pesky ticks with an old pen and thread.
Mosquitos aren’t the only summer threat. An old mechanical pencil and some fishing line or thick thread can safely remove them. Not today, Lyme disease!
17. Convert keys into arrowheads, a far more effective home deterrent.
18. Then make a bow from an old bicycle.
19. Or upcycle empty milk jugs to start a new life
20. Pop a top and catch a fish while you’re on the water.
While you float west, where surely everything is better and not a toxic wasteland (right?), snap off the end of a pop top and loop some thread through the hook for a fast fishing lure.