I'm going to let you in on a little secret. You can make a lot of the survival gear that we sell with stuff that's laying around the house.
Recently Wide Open Spaces came up with 9 Household Items You Can Use As Survival Tools.
Heavy-duty trash bags can be used as a poncho, as a waterproof layer for any gear you have, to insulate you at night, an aid in building a shelter, and can be used for emergency water storage.
A roll of trash bags can fit in almost any size bag. You can even stuff a few in your pocket and they are so lightweight, you won’t even realize you’re carrying them.
A pair of pantyhose is a great inexpensive and packable survival item you may not have thought of. They can be used as a bug netting, to strain water, as a fish net, or a container for food. If you have to cross a shallow, ambiguous body of water, wearing pantyhose will protect you from leeches.
Pantyhose are very cheap and extremely easy to pack. You can stuff them in any size bag or even in pockets and so light, they feel like nothing.
Lastly, they can save your legs from bug and mosquito bites.
Hand sanitizer is good to have in a survival situation because of what it is actually used for. Use it before you eat to clean your hands and help protect you from viral infections. Hand sanitizer is also very flammable and can be used, with a little bit of cotton, to start a fire.
Although hand sanitizer may not be the lightest of survival items to carry, you can buy it in a range of sizes and a small bottle will last for weeks if used only when needed.
Tin foil is an inexpensive and packable survival item, it is very versatile. You can use it as a lure to catch fish, wrap it around a “Y” shaped branch and cook food on it, a wind blocker, to collect water, and wrap it around things such as valuable matches to keep them dry. You can also create a signal by using tin foil and the reflection of the sun.
There is a lot of material in one roll of foil and it is easy to pack because it is compact and rolled up.
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