If you take a box of wooden matches with you when you go camping, and you drop those matches in a puddle, you're SOL. And that is a best case scenario. Imagine being stranded and having to start a fire with nothing but shaky hands and wet matches.
That's why if you're going to rely on matches as a fire starter and not a ferro rod, you should always waterproof them first.
Here are 3 ways to make waterproof storm matches
- Wooden matches
- Fire Crackers (black cats)
- Toilet paper
- A candle
1. Firecracker Method
Storm matches are pretty straight forward to make.
First group up and bundle a handful of matches.
Tie a piece of string around the matches so they stay together.
Dip your matches into your waterproofing material and let it dry.
For the first method to work, you'll need to take apart a few fireworks (Blackcats) and mix it with an adhesive of your choice. Then put a coat on your bundle of matches and let it dry.
2. Nail Polish
In this method, you can bundle your matches or paint each one individually. Just put a coat of nail enamel on your matches and let them dry. If conditions are windy, consider lumping a few together.
3. Wax and TP Method
In the last example, you'll want to bundle your matches again. This time, you'll want to wrap them in toilet paper.
Once you've done this, melt some wax and dip your matches into the hot wax until your match is completely coated.
Watch 3 ways to make storm matches
Or grab a fire starter so you don't have to do this before every trip.