Instant Survival Tip: Get the most out of multi-use items
By contributor John Heatherly
Multi-use items save space in a survival kit or bug-out bag, and they are fun! Here are a few that are worth stocking up on and most are budget-friendly.
Petroleum Jelly – Most everyone you know has used petroleum jelly for chapped lips and dry skin, but how many have mixed it with another multi-use item on our list, cotton balls, to make a quick fire-starter? Simply mix a few cotton-balls with the jelly in a Ziploc bag and have enough tinder for multiple fires.
Cotton Balls – Of course cotton balls are used for cleaning, sanitation, and skin care. As mentioned earlier, they can be mixed with petroleum jelly for fire-starter, or even used as ear-plugs or for blister relief.
Shoe Goo – This awesome adhesive can repair shoes, backpacks or purses, and can even be used to glue fishing lures and flies!
Alcohol Swabs – These should be saved for medical use in the cleaning of cuts and scrapes, especially when soap and water are not available. They are also flammable, and in a pinch can be used as an alternative tinder for a fire.
Iodine – 2% Iodine Tincture can be used to sterilize wounds and to purify water. 5 drops will purify 1 quart of clear water, 10 drops should be used if the water is cloudy.
Kids love to learn about multi-use items like these, so the entire family can join in the fun!
What other multi-use items are you stocking up on?
John is the author of The Survival Template.
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