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! 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. Below is list of weird survival tools
to consider when your life depends on it...
15+ Weird Survival Tools for Preppers
Weird Survival Tool #1: 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 U.
S. 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
- 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 for bartering: As a bartering tool, a cigarette has amazing powers.
Weird Survival Tool #2: Steel Wool.
Sure, Steel wools 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. Here's a tutorial
on how to light fire from steel wool from Practical Preppers, the experts from
Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic. See more firestarter ideas, including
using sawdust and paraffin wax to start a fire.
Weird Survival Tool #3: Vaseline and cotton balls.
Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, has a number of prepper uses. Vaseline with cotton balls
makes an excellent tinder. (Dryer lint is also a substitution for cotton.)
Weird Survival Tool #4: Tampons.
Even men can use tampons for their survival! Tampons are extremely useful in
- 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.
- 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.
- Use a tampon as tinder.
- The plastic tampon shell can become an improvised fishing bobber.
Weird Survival Tool #5: 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. 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 #6: 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 #7: Dental Floss.
Dental floss is good to have, and dental floss is good for much more than your teeth.
There are at least 25 reasons to stock dental floss in your preps.
Weird Survival Tool #8 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 #9: 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 #10: 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!
Weird Survival Tool #11: 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 destination.
Weird Survival Tool #12: An ordinary can opener.
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
Weird Survival Tool #13: 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 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 #14. Medication for Fish.
Certainly, antibiotics will be hard to come by in the end of times, even with a
prescription, as supplies may not be available. Consult your doctor about FishMox*
(the antibiotic Amoxicillin) and whether this medication is right for you in a survival
situation when your life depends on an antibiotic and none other is available. See
other suggested prepper medicines to stock.
Weird Survival Tool #15 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.
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