Everyday products that could save your life

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What you have in your pocket could save your life.

Hand Sanitizer- Fire!

In civilization, hand sanitizer will keep you germ free. In the wild it’s much more useful as a fire starter. Most hand sanitizers are made of alcohol which is highly flammable. Start with a small pile of dry twigs. Then add kindling like shirt lint, dry moss or dry leaves. Now rub hand sanitizer onto the kindling. Just a little dab’ll do ya. Then set it on fire. But be sure to wipe your hands off first. You don’t want to be that warm.

Everyday products that could save your life

Glasses- More Fire!

Having poor eyesight can actually help you in the wild. The glass lens can concentrate light beams for high-heat fire starting. Just angle the lens over kindling until a narrow beam of light gets things smoking. You can also use sunlight to reflect light up to make a flashing distress signal. If you need food more than precise vision, you can disassemble them. The wire inside can be fashioned into a fish hook. It can also make a small knife or tool for fashioning more survival gear.

Everyday products that could save your life

Trash Bag

Always bring a trash bag camping to collect the trash you generate. If you get into trouble, it doubles as an extra layer to ward off hypothermia. It can also be a rain jacket, makeshift shelter, water container or mattress. That’s a lot of uses for such a simple product. It can even save your life. In a pinch, strips of the bag can be a tourniquet. They’re also a great sling for a broken arm. You can even use it for transportation. If you have to cross a body of water, it can be inflated with air to keep you buoyant.

Everyday products that could save your life

Socks

Get a wound or infection on your feet and you won’t last long in the wild. Socks will keep your feet warm when temperatures drop. They can also be used to strain water. Wool socks are the best for survival. They wick moisture away from your skin to prevent rot and infection. But any socks can quickly turn into survival tools. Put them on your hands to protect them from heat and thorns. Tie them to make a sling, pouch or tourniquet. An extra pair can act as ear muffs, gloves or a heat pack to keep you warmer. And if danger calls, fill those socks with rocks to fashion a weapon.

Everyday products that could save your life

Soda

A refreshing soda can lift your spirits when things get rough. It can also be a weapon. Shake it up and let it go in your attackers eyes to buy time to get away. In the wild, fill the empty can with rocks to scare away scavengers or would-be predators. Then use the smooth metal on the bottom of the can to reflect light for a signal for help. While you wait to be rescued, you have a handy receptacle. Use it to carry and boil water. Then pop off the top to shape into a fish hook to catch your dinner.

Everyday products that could save your life

Dental Floss

This stuff is surprisingly strong and endlessly useful. You can use it to bind together branches to make a makeshift shelter. You can even create a snare to catch small wild animals. Fish more your thing? Use it as fishing wire. Then use more dental floss to hang your catch (and any other food) from a tree to keep other predators away. If you have a needle and some medical expertise, you can stitch the wound closed. Make sure to sterilize it first in boiling water. An infection in the wilderness is the last thing you need.

Everyday products that could save your life

Baking Soda

A pouch of baking soda will keep your stomach settled. It will also put out a fire. That’s great for situations where water is scarce and you don’t want to waste it. This method is best for small fires. If you find yourself in a shelter with a small cooking fire, baking soda is your best friend. But be sure to keep it in an air-tight container. Wet baking soda is nothing but a bubbling, goopy mess. Put some inside your condom to make sure it stays safe.

Everyday products that could save your life

Condoms

A condom is a great multi-purpose tool. When stretched, it can hold a gallon of water. It also keeps water out of anything you can fit inside. Condoms are so useful that soldiers keep them around in combat. When placed over the muzzle of a gun a condom keeps debris out. If you don’t have to snipe any people on your test of survival, they’re still useful. Fill one with water and knot it closed. Then use it as a magnifying glass to start a fire with a sun beam.

Everyday products that could save your life

A Compact Mirror

Lost without any flares? A compact mirror is actually better. Angle it toward the sun to create a bright flash of light. Planes and other rescue vehicles can see it from several hundred meters away. It’s so effective you can even use it at night. All you need is a bright moon. For the best results, use a whistle too. If anyone loses track of the light, they’ll be sure to hear the sound.

Everyday products that could save your life


Vinegar

A little vinegar goes a long way. If you have a cut, vinegar will keep infection at bay. It’s also great at masking odors that might attract wild animals to your location. 
Mix it with equal parts water to soothe an upset stomach. If you catch any wild game, marinate it in vinegar for a few minutes. It will kill any parasites in the meat. It also could add some flavor to an otherwise dull meal.

Everyday products that could save your life

Sanitary Pads

Did you know that these things were originally used by 19th century battlefield hospitals to treat wounds? And they’re still great for bandaging wounds. Add pressure with a tourniquet and you’ll have longer to get to emergency help. Once your wounds stop bleeding, they’ll help you start a fire. Open them up and spread out the cotton inside. It’s super flammable as well as absorbent. That makes it some of the best kindling you can find at the drug store. So now you can stock up on them without any shame.

Everyday products that could save your life

Cheesecloth and Charcoal

Cheesecloth and charcoal make great water filters. Simply line the bottom of a bucket with a hole in the bottom with cheesecloth. Then fill it with charcoal and pour water over it to purify it. The water that comes out of the hole in the bottom will be clean enough to drink. Dry charcoal also makes a long-lasting fire. It will burn long enough to cook any big game that you scrounge up. But clean drinking water is more important than food. So save your charcoal if you can.

Everyday products that could save your life

Gunpowder

If a hunting trip goes wrong, gunpowder can be a life saver. If you have a significant wound and there’s no hep in sight, pour gunpowder over it. Ignite it and it will sterilize and cauterize the wound. It will also hurt very badly. If help is on the way, a tourniquet is best. But if you don’t know how long you’ll be out there, fire is best. It will keep you from losing too much blood by closing the wound. And the fire will burn off any infection that may be brewing inside.

Everyday products that could save your life

Super Glue

Super glue is another great lifesaver. It’s great for wounds that need stitching when there’s no needle or thread around. Use it to glue the wound closed just like you’d glue anything else. Be sure to sterilize the wound first with alcohol if you can. And then prepare for the burn. Super glue is best for shallow, long wounds. It closes them up while keeping infection at bay. Deeper wounds require fire or medical attention.

Everyday products that could save your life

Gum

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the difference between life and death. chewing gum activates your salivary glands to keep you hydrated. It will also help you suppress your appetite to make your rations last longer. Gum also provides a tiny bit of nutrition. It won’t totally stave off starvation. But each stick does have a calorie or two. That can mean the difference between life and death if help is far off. Be sure to pack some gum the next time you head off into the wilderness.

Everyday products that could save your life


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