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 survive.

Weird Survival Tools for Preppers

Weird Survival Tool #1: 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.


















Weird Survival Tool #2: Aspirin.
The active ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid, has a myriad of
applications useful to preppers.


Weird Survival Tool #3: Can openers.
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.














Weird Survival Tool #4: Chewing gum and candy.
Survival is sweeter when you're in the know. Here's how
chewing gum and candy can impact your survival...


  • 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 #5: Cigarettes: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: Steel Wool.
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. This video shows you how...

















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

Weird Survival Tool #10: 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 #11 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!


Weird Survival Tool #12: Shoelaces.
Yes, a shoelace could save your life. Wondering how a shoelace
can do that? Then see
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 #13: Krazy Glue and duct tape.
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 destination.


Weird Survival Tool #14: 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 #15. Pantyhose.
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: Mosquito net.
A mosquito net could save your life, in many of the same ways
pantyhose could help you. 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
Virus, 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, on page
26, Mykel Hawke recommends carrying a mosquito net and
using it to improvise a bird trap or fish net. He says,
"Sometimes you can get enough tiny minnows in them to make
a nice simple meal all by itself."

Weird Survival Tool #17: Vaseline and cotton balls.
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.)
Light a fire with Vaseline.

Weird Survival Tool #18: 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 cherries);
  • 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.

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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