Alaska life

Rural Alaska Life Hacks

Sewing mosquito net material on a cap is a great way to keep the bugs out of your face and neck. Here is one I made a few years ago.
Sewing mosquito net material on a cap is a great way to keep the bugs out of your face and neck. Here is one I made a few years ago.

I’ve been intrigued by life hacks in Alaska, especially from the bush. As Alaskans, we have tons of life hacks. One big one is the use of duct tape to fix just about anything. Heck, we even have a Duct Tape Ball. Alaskans have a unique way of doing things and surviving. Some life hacks are done out of pure necessity. When you are out in the wilderness or rural Alaska, you have to make modifications to just about everything when you do repairs. There is usually no store that you can go to to buy parts in the village.

Here is a survival technique from my Great Uncle Bill Williams of Hughes. I guess it could be what some people would call an ‘old Indian trick’. It is really about survival when you are out in the wilderness with limited water.

I want to ask Alaskans and people in general about the subject. What are your favorite life hacks? How has it saved you? What are the simplest ones that make the most difference? Does it have to do with cooking or a food gathering/preservation technique? Does it save you time? How does it make your life easier?

Comment below with your favorite or most useful life hack. Upload your photo on Facebook, Twitter or other social media with the hashtag:  #alaskalifehack. Describe your ideas and story behind the life hack. I’ll share it here.