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
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
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

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
! Certainly also a shoe lace is cordage for other tasks.

Weird Survival Tool #13: Krazy 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 #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
  • 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
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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