weird survival tools

Weird Survival Tools
Warning: these weird tools could save your life

When it comes to survival, there's just one rule: you must forget all the rules!
Improvising is the key to survival. In a period of extreme civil unrest, your survival
may depend on doing things you wouldn't do ordinarily, as well as using things for a
purpose other than originally intended. In short, you might do some weird things to

Weird Survival Tools for Preppers

Weird Survival Tool #1: Mosquito net.
A mosquito net could save your life. Not only is a mosquito net useful for avoiding
the Aedes Mosquito, which brings with it many diseases, such as Chikungunya,
Dengue, Yellow Fever and Zika, but a mosquito net could also help you catch fish in
a survival situation or even filter water.

In his book, Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook, Mykel Hawke recommends

Weird Survival Tool #2: Tobacco.
Yes, a cigarette is a survival tool for medicinal purposes and beyond. Here are just
some of the uses of tobacco:

  • Cigarettes as an anti parasitic: On page 248 of his book, Hawke's Special
    Forces Survival Handbook, available left, Mykel Hawke, a former Captain of the
    United States Army Special Forces, and star of Man, Woman, Wild on the
    Discovery Channel, explains how eating cigarettes can shock gut worms out of
    your system.

  • Cigarettes for toothache relief: The properties of tobacco include a naturally
    occurring antiseptic to help prevent infection, and also has medicinal
    properties for relieving pain. It could be just the relief you need to get you
    back to surviving.

  • Cigarettes as tinder: A cigarette is also called a "smoke," and they don't call it
    a "smoke" for nothing. Get a smoke of fire going with a cigarette. It's certainly
    a better idea to light a fire with one than to smoke one..

  • Cigarettes as a relief for bug bites and bee stings. Apply a chewed portion of
    tobacco directly to skin or hold a burning cigarette close to the bite.

  • Cigarettes can stop the bleeding of small cuts and minimize bruising.
    According to one of our readers: "Take the tobacco out and wet it and it
    makes a superb poultice for bruises and injuries."

Weird Survival Tool #3: Steel Wool.
Sure, Steel wool will scrub your pots, but you can create fire with it too! Just touch
steel wool to batteries and you'll be amazed how it ignites so easily.

Above is a tutorial on how to light fire from steel wool from SurvivalLlife.

Weird Survival Tool #4: Tampons.
Even men can use tampons for their survival! Tampons are extremely useful in
survival situations:

  • Wound control. Unwrap a tampon when you need to clot wounds. With a little
    duct tape you've got a bandage. This is especially effective for deep injuries if
    you have nothing else. Sensible Prepper, in the video below, finds additional
    use of a tampon for a nose bleed.

  • Survival water. Here's how to craft a crude water filter from a tampon.The
    plastic tube itself can be used as a straw and the filling as a filter.

  • Tinder. Shiver me timber, yes, you can use a tampon as tinder. The fibers of a
    tampon will ignite easily. You may need to fluff it up a bit.

  • Candle wick. Because a tampon makes good tinder and even has a string,
    you can improvise a candle.

  • Bobber. The plastic tampon shell can become an improvised fishing bobber.

The clever outdoor enthusiast will undoubtedly discover more ways to use a
tampon, so go ahead and think outside the tampon box:

Weird Survival Tool #5: Vaseline and cotton balls.
Light a fire with Vaseline. Petroleum jelly has a number of prepper uses. For
starters, Vaseline combined with cotton balls or other fiber will make excellent
tinder. (Dryer lint is also a substitution for cotton.)

Weird Survival Tool #6: Duct Tape.
Backpackers, preppers and survivalists love duct tape for many reasons, and why
not? With
dozens of survival uses for duct tape, can you blame them? From patching
up a tent or torn clothing in a pinch to repairing just about anything, duct tape will
serve a prepper well. Every prepper knows that a bullets will someday run out, and
that's where duct tape comes in handy to help craft makeshift weapons.

To improvise a weapon, affix duct tape to a knife an a broom stick and you have a
defensible and threatening space between you and an attacker. You can even roll
up a magazine and duct tape a pair of scissors to create some extra space between
you and an attacker. Indeed, A prepper's
home defense strategy should include duct
tape. Learn more interesting ideas in
weapons that aren't weapons.

Weird Survival Tool #7: Pencil Sharpener.
An ordinary pencil sharpener and some twigs can provide you with instant tinder
should you find yourself in need. Put a pencil sharpener in your car and bugout bag
and you'll be one sharp prepper! Learn more about
how to build a fire.

Weird Survival Tool #8: Dental Floss.
Dental floss is good to have, and dental floss is good for much more than your teeth.
In a pinch, it's cordage and you can use it for fishing, shelter building, and making
snares. There are at least
25 reasons to stock dental floss in your preps.

Weird Survival Tool #9: Chewing gum and Candy.

  • Suckers. A lollipop could save your life! How? Grasp one in the palm of your
    hand with the stick pointing up between your fingers as you make a fist. Your
    lollipop fist is now ready to punch some poor sucker in the eyes or stab the
    neck or groin region. Now that's a tasty but weird survival tool that you can
    stuff in your purse or backpack. Here's the lollipop defense tutorial.

Weird Survival Tool #10: Aspirin.
The active ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid, has a myriad of applications useful to
preppers. Read
11 weird uses of aspirin.

Weird Survival Tool #11: Shoelaces.
Yes, a shoelace could save your life. Wondering how a shoelace can do that? Then
how Bear Grylls uses a shoe-lace to get fresh water into a bottle! Certainly also
a shoe lace is cordage for other tasks.

Weird Survival Tool #12: Crazy Glue with duct tape or a shoe lace.
Crazy glue isn't instant, so if you need to fix your boots to complete your hike, you'll
want to crazy glue then use duct tape or a shoe lace until you reach your

Weird Survival Tool #13: Mouthwash.
Mouthwash contains alcohol and as such has many first aid applications to kill
bacteria. Some brands of mouthwash contain an
antiseptic  to kill bacteria, as well
as fungi, protozoa and viruses). Discover the twelve survival uses:
Mouthwash is a
survival tool you should consider!

Weird Survival Tool #14: Cheetos, Pringles, Noodles.
Tinder helps ignite a flame. It's all the little things (furry, fuzzy, light and fluffy) that
you can grind into a powder. Stuff you hold in your fingertips, as in nature: bark,
pine needles, dried leaves, birds nest. Man made tinder includes things like pocket
lint, and toilet paper. Food items that are tinder include spaghetti noodle, or snacks
like Cheetos, Pringles:

  • Cheetos and Pringles. Your favorite snacks, including Cheetos or Pringles can
    act as tinder when you need it most to help you light a fire. Try it. Just light
    your favorite snack to get your fire going.

  • Noodles. You can also use a spaghetti noodle as tinder. It is an excellent way
    to light a candle wick that's too short to reach with a match. Now that's an
    excellent way to use your noodle!

Weird Survival Tool #15. Panty hose.
An old military trick is to wear pantyhose underneath the socks to help avoid friction
and blisters for long hikes. Worn underneath the socks will minimize the friction and
keep chiggers and ticks from reaching your legs.

There are many
reasons pantyhose can help you survive, among them:
  • prevent blisters and keep you warmer than ordinary socks
  • filter water;
  • keep your soap clean and dry;
  • act as a dust mask;
  • improvise a fishing net or other cordage;
  • collect berries or otherwise a vessel to help you forage in the wild (generally,
    it's a great carryall, such as for gathering tinder);
  • keep chiggers and ticks from reaching your leg (keep away leeches too);
  • use also to improvise a mosquito net;
  • make a tourniquet or secure a bandage

Weird Survival Tool #16: Animal repellents.
If pepper spray is illegal in your locale, then you should have no problem obtaining
bear spray or wasp spray, which each have a more powerful range. Ordinarily, you
wouldn't carry these items in your person, but they are good alternate items to own.
In an SHTF survival situation, law becomes invalid: it's do or die. If that doesn't bode
well with you, try Halt Dog Repellent.

  • Wasp spray. Used in self defense, wasp spray does not require a license to
    purchase or use. Pepper spray in many states does require a license. This
    weird survival tool is an option in a world gone mad where the rule of law
    does not apply. The advantage of wasp spray is that you will have a longer
    range of defensible distance between you and an attacker. Pepper spray
    offers a measure of protection for civilian use, while Mace is the brand police
    officers use, and may require a license to operate because it has a longer
    range of spray. Always check with local ordinances.

  • Bear Spray. Here again, when the rule of law does not apply, bear spray can
    be an effective measure of self defense.

  • Halt Dog Repellent. Intended to keep dogs at bay, Halt Dog repellent could
    be just what you need to daze and confuse an attacker so you can prepare a
    stronger defense plan or escape.

Weird Survival Tool #17: Vodka.
Aside from the obvious social applications, vodka is a compact prep to hoard. In fact,
it is on our list -- it's #35 on the
37 Foods to Hoard.
  • Bartering tool;
  • Cough suppressant;
  • Cooking (vodka is a base for a variety of pasta sauces);
  • Food preservation (Vodka and other alcohol can preserve fruit, such as
  • Cleaner and defogger for eyeglasses;
  • De-stink stinky feet! (wipe your feet with vodka);
  • Fuel and fire starter;
  • Molotov cocktail weaponry;
  • Sterilization agent for tweezers, razor blades;
  • Skin repellent to shoo flies;
  • Skin toner for pores to tighten skin and dissolve blackheads;
  • Sore throat gargle; and
  • Topical medicinal uses (vodka can be an antiseptic, provide relief of
    insect bites and stings, cold sores, and you can also dissolve the
    adhesive of a bandage to make removal painless.

Weird Survival tool #18: Potassium permangate.
This weird survival salt that has five magical properties:

  • Potassium Permanganate* (Iron Magic). Pictured left, Iron Magic potassium
    Permanganate is a chemical salt for survival situations, home remedies, and
    around the house:
  1. Purifying /disinfecting water:  You'll need about 3 or 4 crystals per
    liter of water to help you disinfect your water. You want to have a very
    light tint of pinkish- purple. Stir and leave it for 30 minutes. This will help
    you secure potable water and prevent cholera and dyssentary. Of
    course we recommend a survival straw and potable water tablets as
    your first resort. Nonetheless, it is just one of the many uses of
    potassium permanganate.
  2. Fire Starting: To make a simple winter fire from potassium
    permanganate, use 1 part sugar, 2 parts potassium permanganate,
    grind into a thin powder and it will light with a spark from a ferrocerium
    rod (fire steel).  You can also mix it with glycerin, or even anti-freeze or
    other chemicals to start a fire.
  3. Antiseptic Solution: Use potassium permanganate in dermatology to
    treat skin as antiseptic. As a topical solution, you can help everything
    from athlete's foot and fungus related skin rashes.
  4. Medicinal: If there is no doctor available, you can use potassium
    permanganate to treat a yeast infection, canker sore, or.  To use, dilute
    it with a cup of water with a pinch of the compound.
  5. Signaling: We would be remiss if we didn't mention the staining purple
    power, which could be used to mark snow and signal your location for

Above,  Peak Survival shows how to use Potassium Permanagate for survival to disinfect
the water and more for first aid to irrigate a wound in the wild. She also shows how to
start a fire with it in the snow.

Weird Survival Tool #19: Can opener.
Even an ordinary can opener can save your life. Afterall, a can opener can open your
cans! Not so weird you say? Let's say you only have one can opener and it breaks,
or let's say the catastrophic situation. Have plenty of can openers on hand in your
home, your car and a military style can opener in your bugout bag.

Happy Endings...
No survival tool is too weird if it saves your life! Prepare to live happily ever after by
using your creativity. Anything can be a weapon if you set your mind to it.

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