One of my biggest fears is getting stranded somewhere and not having the means to survive. Having done my fair share of travelling, hiking, camping and just traversing across the city, I’ve had my fair share of “what ifs” and near misses. Lucky for me, I was a boy scout and carry a pocketknife in my go-to bag, just because. But that little doodad from Swiss Army, can’t do everything.
Sometimes, you’ve got to improvise with what you got. MacGuyver would be proud.
Use your spit to catch fish
It’s so basic that you think it wouldn’t work, but you’d be surprised. All you need to do is stand in a stream and hold the bottom of your t-shirt out from your body to act as a net. Then, spit in the water collected there.
Minnows and other tiny fish will get confused and think it’s food, and then you use your shirt to trap them. After that, it’s up to you; eat the minnows or use them as bait for bigger fish.
Tampons can help you catch fish too
When you open a tampon, a small amount of air can get caught in the wrapper, and allows it to float. You can use it as a bobber by attaching it to your fishing line. Extra points if it’s a bright colour to attract the fish.
You can also pull the cotton apart to use as tinder to start a fire, or as a filter for water.
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Bubble wrap can save your life
While it’s fun to pop all those bubbles, it’s best to leave them intact in case you need to save a life. For someone with hypothermia, bubble wrap can be used as an insulating blanket to help them bring their body heat back up. Plus, being made of plastic, means you don’t have to worry about wind, rain and water, as you would with a blanket.
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Condoms are the best tool for wilderness survival
Think about it. Not only will they prevent unwanted pregnancy, they can stretch to insane lengths. You can fill them with water, keep tinder from getting wet, can burn it as a form of kindling, and even use them as a catapult/slingshot if you’re savvy enough.
Plus, have you heard the one about camping sex? It’s fucking in-tents.