Survival in the woods can be a little easier when you have the right equipment. Here’s a list of some common day items that can be found around the kitchen. This list obviously doesn’t cover it all, but it’s meant to get you thinking.
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10: Ziploc Bag– Outside of the obvious ability to be used as a container, the Ziploc has a myriad of uses. Filled with charcoal, sand, and grass it becomes a water filter. Filled with water it can be used as a magnification device for fire lighting. It’s also great for keeping things dry.
9: Cooking Oil– Oil is great for cooking but can also be used to lubricate items like zippers. Keep rust at bay on knives and axes. Can be used as a fire extender with strips of cloth when making a torch.
8: Bread Clip– You know, those flat plastic squares with a hole in it. Any item that weighs practically nothing and has tons of uses is a winner in my book. Hang wet clothes from a line. Keep buttons buttoned, close up gaps with a space blanket, and if you have enough, play some chess.
7: Coffee Filter– Filter, DUH! However, it’s another great fire tender, wound dressing, face mask, and the ever needed toilet tissue.
6: Salt– Salt is great for wounds as well as curing meats. Salt makes a great scrubbing agent to clean hands and bottles. Plus, it really helps make survival food much more palatable.
5: Aluminum Foil– Fold the edges up for a container. Use it to block wind from a small fire. Being reflective makes for great signaling as well.
4: Stainless Mixing Bowl– Great for boiling water. Simply throw it over some hot coals and wait. It’s also good for collecting berries, nuts, or perhaps small critters. And, if needed, can be used as a musical instrument or a signalling gong.
3: Paper Towels– Hygiene is vital in a survival situation and wiping things down really helps. Burn the towel to get a fire going. Shred the towel into strips to leave as trail markers for the rescue team to find you. Weigh them down though, or your trail may turn into a game of “Where’s Waldo”.
2: Cheese Grater– File off small shavings of a tree limb for instant fire tender. Plus, should you come across a patch of sharp cheddar growth, you’ll need to be able to process that down to edible sizes.
1: Kitchen Knife– Most kitchen knives, the ones in the wooden blocks, are fairly robust and can be used to carve wood, trim meat, cut cordage, and most of the other things a knife can do. However, be cautious since most of them are made of stainless steel and are prone to snapping if used to split wood.