Like any community, survival preparedness has its fair share of weird. You will have seen or read about bound things that are downright weird which may, in theory, save your life in an emergency. Now, I don’t know if that’s true or not, and I personally suppose the chances are very tiny but, nevertheless, I wanted to make an inventory that I hope you’ll enjoy. The best half is, these items are cheap — for now at least because, post-collapse, they may be impossible to get. So let’s see what they’re real fast, then I’ll leave you to add them on your survival shopping list.
If you’ve been reading about preparedness for at least some months, you probably know that a condom is strong enough to hold a whole gallon of water. Did you know that you can also use a condom to keep tinder dry and as a flotation device, and that it’s very flammable itself? In addition, it will assist you start a fire: Fill the condom with water and use it as a lens to focus the sun’s rays. OK, I couldn’t move on to the next item without mentioning a suggestion I read somewhere else that’s the craziest of all: wear them as socks to stay your feet dry. I probably won’t, as I already packed an extra pair of thick socks in my bug out bag, but who knows?
Would you stock up on this item? If you’re a lady, you have each reason to. Keep in mind that clothes can be hard to find post-collapse. If the transportation system stops functioning, factories from China can possibly stop delivering. Now, there’s more to pantyhose than their ability to keep you warm. Tink about these uses: as pouches to carry things; to make a DIY fishing net (you’re going to need a y-shaped branch to do it); as a belt; as a tourniquet (but only if you actually know what you’re doing!); to keep onions; to filter water or melted snow (you can also use a bandana for this); as a sling for a broken arm; and even to sprout seeds!
This is another survival item men would probably be embarrassed to own in their bugout bags, but I do keep in mind reading that they’ve also been used by marines on wounds to prevent bleeding. You’ll also use them to filter water, as tinder, stop blisters by putting them in your boots, or to insulate your shelter if there are little holes that need to be covered.
Floss is great for keeping your teeth cavity-free. I will vouch for it: I only had one cavity since I started using it five years ago. Now let’s see some of the survival alternative uses for it:
- to replace torn shoelaces
- to tie someone or something up (floss is stronger than it looks)
- to suture torn clothes
- to make a fishing net
- to make a trip wire
- as fishing line and much more.
Unfortunately, you can’t use board games to fend off an attacker or help you start a fire, however they’ll help you survive post-collapse boredom. Imagine: you and your family, all in one room, keeping each-other heat, no internet, no Facebook. For bug-in situations, board games are a lifesaver.
No, you don’t have to break into anyone’s home. Pry bars is used to get you out of places (such as when you’re kidnapped) as well as for lifting and moving heavy objects. They basically act as levers. you can insert them into a crack, and then pull or push with a “multiplied force.”
The really cool issue regarding pry bars is that they will spare the tip of your knife with certain tasks. As you know, the tip is the most sensitive part of a knife, so a small pry bar can work just as well, if not better, for screwing things, opening a can and so on.
Any weird object can make a last resort survival weapon.
A baseball bat, dirt (to throw in your attacker’s eyes), a slingshot, even a lollipop! I saw this last one on a self-defense video on the National Geographic website.
Leaving the alternative uses aside, you should stockpile on these “weird” items because of their main use. Who knows how easy or hard it’ll be to find buy or barter for them post-collapse so… why not get them now, while they’re cheap?