4 military hacks that will change your life

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(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Ryan C. Matson)

There’s so much fluff out there when it comes to military hacks and resources. But none of those plans work if they’re not perfect for you. These four hacks are so adaptable that no matter your lifestyle, you’ll find them useful. With these hacks, you’ll save time, look sharp and always be ready.

1. Easy fix for loose threads

In the military, you always have to look as neat as possible. That goes for your clothes just as much as your hygiene. If you have a loose thread on your uniform, it might be tempting to yank it out. Don’t do it. Pulling on a dangling thread can drastically loosen the whole thing and cause your uniform to fall apart. This goes for all clothing items, not just military uniforms. Instead of pulling the thread, use a lighter and burn it off. This is a great military hack so long as you don’t light your clothes on fire.

2. Never run in boots without this trick

Running in boots, whether you are in the military or not, can be painful for your feet. One great way to make your boots more comfortable for running is to utilize the “battle lace.” This means that when you lace your boots, skip the holes at the ankle, where the boot creases forward. Your boots will bend a lot more easily with the natural movement of your foot.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)

3. Yet another use for duct tape

If you have blisters on your feet from your shoes or boots, a quick and economical solution is to cover the blister in duct tape. Sure, you could use an expensive bandage with padding specifically designed to protect blisters, but duct tape works just as well if you are in a bind.

4. Knot the end of your boot laces

Put knots at the end of your boot or shoe laces to save yourself a lot of time. This is especially true if you take your boots or shoes on and off a lot. The knots prevent the laces from coming out of the top holes, so you won’t have to worry about re-lacing them every time they get loose.

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