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Offline mbarnatl

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Multi-use items in your kits.
« on: April 23, 2009, 07:10:18 PM »
I have been working on an list for over a year off and on. It is about items in your survival kit that have a multi-use. Here are the items that can be carried in a survival kit that have multiple uses:

Trash bags
Duct tape
Bandannas
35mm film cans
Walking staff
Ziplock freezer bags
550 cord
Snare wire
Aluminum foil
Surgical tubing
Dental floss
Sewing needles
Safety pins
Flexible cable ties
Sewing thread
Condom
Candle
Watch
Cotton gauze
Gloves
Knife
Brass wire (copper wire, stainless steel)
Tarp or plastic sheeting
Survival blanket
Boot laces
Signal mirror
Socks
P38
MRE package
Iodine


Here is an example uses for a trash bag:

- Use them as "waterproof" boots/gaiters.
- Shelter; as a tarp or, using 2 of them & duct tape make a "tube-tent".
- Bandages.
- Water Container
- Fresh water still.
- Lashing material.
- Sleeping bag
- Stuff it with leaves and use it as a blanket or mattress.
- Gear bag; good for "wet or soiled" clothing.
- Orange bag good for a signaling panel.
- Transpiration still.
- Kite.
- Floating device.
- Sail Sled.
- Expedient weapon.
- used as a poncho
- to carry fresh water,
- snare,
- limb lines for set hooks.
- for sewing thread for shoes, coats, or tents; or stitches for you in case you get a deep cut. (You cut 1" wide strips of trash bag. Stretch it and then spin it...repeat until it is a thin string.)
- rain cover for bag pack
- rain cover for fire wood
- moisture barrier for bedroll
- bear bag for food
- temporary patch w/duct tape for large holes or rips.
- winter coat (stuff with natural materials).
- Temporary dry bag for canoe (not totally dry)
- Can be melted and used as a temporary adhesive
- Camp shower
- Temporary cover to keep injury dry. (It can even be used to cover sucking chest wounds)
- Solar balloon link: http://www.solar-balloons.com/index.html
- Greenhouse material

I am compiling a list of the multiple uses of each. I want to add items that are in bug out bags, go bags and vehicle kits as well. Please add your suggestions and other items that may have multiple uses. Thanks.

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2009, 07:11:26 PM »
Uses for Duct tape:

- rifle sling
- rope
- repair anything (that isn't liquid)
- sunglasses
- snow shoes
- prevent blisters
- prevent the ends of rope from fraying
- bandage
- remove small splinters or needles
- tourniquet
- cordage
- tape

Duct tape has so many uses that it would be to much to list here. Search google "duct tape".

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2009, 07:12:39 PM »
Uses for Bandannas:

- signal device
- bandage
- collect water from a shallow or hard to reach water source
- pot holder
- for fishing bait
- hat
- anti redneck protection
- face mask... to protect from smoke, cold weather
- tourniquet
- carry bag (hobo bag)
- compress (as opposed to bandage, listed above)
- river washrag for bathing or dishes
- earmuff/ear cover
- make shift sling
- rip into strips to tie items together
- Water pre-filter
- Get one with emergency tips printed on it
- Fire tinder
- Expedient weapon

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2009, 07:13:26 PM »
Uses for 35mm film "cans":

- Holding fuel tabs
- bobbin for fishing
- misc. item for survival kit,
- medicine keeper
- keeping ID/Medical Info Dry. Just roll it up, insert, label outside.
- Use a white and a black one for salt and pepper shakers
- Owl caller
- store film (duh)
- store matches
- Shot glass
- Waterproof lamp: Turn on a Photo LED light or something similar and place it in a white 33 mm film can. The white plastic defuses and spreads the light. Good for night fishing too.
- Fire tinder: Cut or shave some of the plastic from the can. Light on fire.

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2009, 07:14:49 PM »
Uses for a Walking Staff:

- fishing pole
- hobo pack carrier
- use to wrap 550 cord around
- measuring stick to test the depth of water or snow
- long handle to help some one up a bank
- self defense
- shelter pole
- splint
- crude compass
- sun dial
- wading pole
- Pole sling
- Spear pole
- Balancing pole
- Fire starter: use fire bow method or fire piston method
- Fire tinder:(if staff is made of wood) shave some wood off

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2009, 07:16:18 PM »
Uses for Ziploc bags:

- Water carrier
- Water proof - maps, etc.
- Hat for rain - 1 gal size. For some of you 5 gal size.
- wound cover - Tape in place
- first aid kit carrier
- expedient shoes - tape in place
- insulation - partially inflate with air
- float - life preserver sort of
- freezer bag cooking
- solar distillery
- container
- vapor barrier in boots
- pillow (with duct tape seal)
- Water squirter to irrigate wounds or take a shower. Poke a hole(s) in it, fill with water or other liquid, squeeze.
- Magnifying glass. Fill with water, view items through it.
- Fire starter- Use as magnifying glass. Link: http://www.primitiveways.com/fire_from_balloon.html
- Expedient weapon

It is recommended that you use the freezer type Ziploc bags. They are stronger than the normal Ziploc bags.

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2009, 07:23:56 PM »
A helpful post.

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2009, 11:24:18 PM »
Magnifying glass:

Look at small things, i.e. ticks or splinters.

Start fire/burn hole.

Break off sharp shards, knife, arrow/spear head.

Drop into a sock as a tool to swing and impact "things"...


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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2009, 03:14:56 PM »
Uses for Snare wire:

- snare
- needle ( The end of a small piece can be ground on a stone until its like a needle
and on the other end you need to make a loop, put some thread through and
then push the loop closed very flat.)
- boot laces
- cordage
- tourniquet
- fishing line
- securing gear
- Antenna
- Electrical wire repair
- Cutting snow blocks
- Expedient weapon

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2009, 03:15:40 PM »
Uses for 550 cord:

- general cordage (duh)
- fishing line
- boot laces
- thread
- bracelets (braiding)
- bear bag rope
- shelter tie down
- clothesline
- firebow cord
- snare
- trip wire
- expedient belt
- loops for equipment
- tourniquet
- rifle sling
- Slatt's Rescue Belt: unravel into one long uncut piece of paracord. If you still need to hold your pants up just cut a piece of paracord and tie it around your pants and use the rest of the paracord for whatever is needed. Link: http://web.archive.org/web/20070304110603/http://www.slatts.fsworld.co.uk/slatts-knot.htm
- Combat Use
- Fire starter: String for a fire bow
- Fire tinder
- Expedient weapons

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2009, 03:16:25 PM »
Uses for aluminum foil:

- Boil water
- signal
- make char cloth
- cook in
- leave your track in the truck (Cody's advice)
- Use as scrubber for cookware
- Make a funnel to fill your water bottle
- tighten lose battery springs in electronics
- make a bowl
- make a cup
- fire deflector
- making fishing lures
- wind screen for a stove
- serve as a lid
- keep tinder dry by wrapping the tinder in layers of it
- Pinhole glasses. Just fashion the foil into a glasses shape and poke pinholes in
the "lenses".
- Solar cooker reflector

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2009, 07:28:18 PM »
I  carry a few lengths of 1" tube webbing. The stuff is nearly bombproof. We use it religiously at work for rescue, rappelling, etc. If you know how to tie a few basic knots (figure eight family, and a water knot), a length of tube webbing can accomplish much for you. Make sure you have a razor knife and lighter as well, in case you have to cut out damaged sections or cut and run.

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2009, 12:50:49 PM »
Metal coffee can. essential.

boil water

keep crap in

eat food out of

make bomb/fire bucket

use as signal mirror

plant plants in

wear as hat?

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2009, 01:59:41 PM »
Planting Wire (sold at any hobby shop or garden store) I bought 30 yards for .99 cents

It is compact and strong. Uses are:

snares
tie knife to end of stick (fishing/defense/hunting)
lashing
general cordage uses

since it retains a good shape you can use it for creating a "roof" of a lean-to or shelter you just built

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2009, 06:48:35 PM »
A stick of HOT GLUE, good to repair tent,sleeping bag, sleeping mattres, eye glasses, boots, sandals, fishing rod and on and on and on...........million of uses and it takes almost no space or weight.

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2009, 07:44:07 PM »
Uses for Duct tape: - repair anything (that isn't liquid)

tell me about it. I did a "quick emergency fix" once when the under-chassis hook on my muffler assembly broke. that 3 wraps of tape held the muffler and exhaust pipe on the car until I sold it 3 years later...

How is duct tape like the force? It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together! 

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2009, 07:46:49 PM »
cool post +1

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2009, 10:20:30 AM »
A stick of HOT GLUE, good to repair tent,sleeping bag, sleeping mattres, eye glasses, boots, sandals, fishing rod and on and on and on...........million of uses and it takes almost no space or weight.
I assume you can melt it w/o a hot glue gun, how hot do you have to get it?


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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2009, 04:16:51 PM »
I assume you can melt it w/o a hot glue gun, how hot do you have to get it?



I don't know the temperature (maybe 110 or 110 F?) but you can use a cigarette lighter, open fire or anything hot, even a lupe with the help of the sun, or  broken glass?........even a hot rock or ground.

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2009, 04:24:20 PM »
Uses for Surgical Tubing:

- bands for projectile weapons
- tourniquet
- drinking/suctioning/siphoning tubing
- elastic tie downs for tension
- trap manufacture
- tracheotomy
- to secure your eye/sun glasses. Take a section and fit ends over the ends of the earpiece and now you can let your glasses hang around your neck, or make tighter to keep them from falling off.

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2009, 04:25:09 PM »
Uses for Dental Floss:

- as thread for sewing
- stitching a wound
- fishing line
- clean teeth
- emergency shoelaces, use several laid together
- lashing
- tent/tarp tie down
- make a net
- clothes line
- make cord for bow n drill
- shelter construction
- snares
- fire starter
- snowshoe bindings
- temporarily replace a lost screw in eyeglasses
- expedient snow glasses (with foil or cardboard)

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2009, 04:26:11 PM »
Uses for sewing needles:

- sewing
- surgical tool (splinters, subungual hematoma)
- compass needle (if magnetized)
- awl
- suture needle
- repair needle
- fishing hook
- toothpick
- improvised compass on a leaf/pool of water/magnetized with silk cloth

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2009, 04:27:20 PM »
Safety pins

- Repair of clothing
- Making a sling out a t-shirt. Take the bottom of the t-shirt, when worn and
bring it up over the injured upper limb (crossed in front of the chest), and
safety pin it to the chest of the t-shirt. Instant arm sling!
- Fish hook
- Pinning the tongue to the cheeks to keep an airway open. This is a "last
chance" fix for maintaining an airway with an unconscious patient.
- Foreign body removal from the skin, like tweezers
- Improvised compass on a leaf/pool of water/magnetized with silk clothe
- Sutures to hold large laceration closed
- Can be heated with flame to puncture a fingernail and evacuate a "sububngal
hematoma".
- Blister popper
- Equipment repair
- Mend a shoe lace
- Repair eyeglass hinge (depending on diameter)
- Awl (same as needle)
- Field expedient diaper (for babies)
- To close your pant legs to keep out snow. (assuming you don't have Velcro)
- Hook a dog tag back to the dog's collar.
- Rheostat on crystal radio
- To rejoin split ends of rope

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2009, 10:54:12 AM »
Uses for Surgical Tubing:

- bands for projectile weapons
- tourniquet
- drinking/suctioning/siphoning tubing
- elastic tie downs for tension
- trap manufacture
- tracheotomy
- to secure your eye/sun glasses. Take a section and fit ends over the ends of the earpiece and now you can let your glasses hang around your neck, or make tighter to keep them from falling off.
Also commonly used in adventure racing to tie between the strongest member and the weakest member to lengthen their stride during running and hiking sections
In mountain biking for towing out a friend with a mechanical issue (on level ground, but not up steep hills)
A short piece rolled up like a condom, unrolled onto a finger to squeeze out all the blood so you can more readily put in stitches in the tip
Replacement tube on your camelbak (although they do tend to collapse and kink easily)

Great list, keep 'em coming.

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Re: Multi-use items in your kits.
« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2009, 01:42:09 PM »
Also commonly used in adventure racing to tie between the strongest member and the weakest member to lengthen their stride during running and hiking sections
In mountain biking for towing out a friend with a mechanical issue (on level ground, but not up steep hills)
A short piece rolled up like a condom, unrolled onto a finger to squeeze out all the blood so you can more readily put in stitches in the tip
Replacement tube on your camelbak (although they do tend to collapse and kink easily)

Great list, keep 'em coming.

Also can be used to siphon/liberate gasoline from abandoned car if "needs be."

And surgical tubing also makes great traps, if you have a little trap-making savvy.

-chris