How To Open A Can Without A Can Opener.

By Posted in - Camping & Travel Resources on July 25th, 2013 Travel Tips: How To Open A Can Without A Can Opener

You can have all the canned food in the world, but if you have no way to get into the can, then you have a whole lot of nothing. If you’ve ever found yourself in this situation, you know that it’s no bueno.

So, we’re going to show you a simple technique for opening a can without an opener on this week’s installment of 15 Second Travel Tips.

What You’ll Need

Hard Stone Surface
Knife (a Swiss Army knife works great.)
Elbow Grease


1. Find a hard surface, like stone, concrete or pavement.

2. Start rubbing. Cans feature a roll back seams, so the key is to wear the edges of the can top down below the seam.

3. Check the can after 15-20 seconds for the seam between the can and lid. You do NOT have to wear down the entire top edge.

4. Insert your knife (or other flat, sharp object), pop the top and enjoy!

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  • moondustwriter -

    July 25, 2013 at 11:46 am

    better than using teeth 😉

  • Gina -

    July 30, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Invaluable knowledge. You never know when you will need to use this little gem. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Christoffer Moen -

    August 3, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Didn’t know u can just wear down the seams. Thanks, very handy indeed.

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  • rebecca -

    September 2, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    haha this is awesome! need more of these tips

  • rebecca -

    September 2, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    haha this is awesome! need more of these tips

  • Ash @ The Nomadic Farmer -

    October 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    So many times in my life I could have used this haha! I love your blog and how you share useful tips like this.