1) Hand Sanitizer
In day to day life, simple hand sanitizer will keep you germ free. Out in the wild however, it’s much more useful as a fire starter. Hand sanitizer is made with of alcohol which is highly flammable which makes it a very fast way to get a fire going. How to use it? – Start with a small pile of dry twigs. Then add kindling like shirt lint, dry moss or dry leaves. Now rub the hand sanitizer onto the kindling and then set it on fire. Make sure that you clean your hands off first so you don’t get burned. remember… Safty First!
2) Dental Floss
Dental floss is surprisingly strong and endlessly useful out in the woods. It can be used to tie branches together and to help in building a shelter. You can even create a snare to catch small wild animals or as fishing line if you need to. Dental floss can also be used to stich together a wound if you have a needle and some medical expertise.
3) Baking Soda
Baking soda has many uses. It will keep your stomach settled and It will also put out a fire. This is great for situations where you don’t have a lot of water and you don’t want to waste it. But be sure to keep it in an air-tight container. Wet baking soda is useless.
Condoms are a great multi-purpose tool. When stretched, it can hold almost 4 liters of water. They also keep water out of anything you can fit inside like matches, fire starter or electronics. They’re so useful that soldiers in combat carry these. Fill it with a sphere of water and knot it closed. Then squeeze use it as a magnifying glass to start a fire with a sun beam. I you thought condoms were only good for one thing…
5) A Compact Mirror
Lost without any flares? A compact mirror is actually better for signaling a passing aircraft. 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 of you blowing like heck on a whistle.
6) 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.
7) Super Glue/Crazy glue
Super glue is another great lifesaver besides the ability to glue almost anything together 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.
8) Chewing 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 also helps 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 a pack the next time you head off into the wilderness.