Incredible Survival Uses for Ziploc Bags
Most kitchens ….. these days have at least one package of Ziploc bags. Like a great many other simple home items that can be applied to a variety of survival situations, Ziploc bags can come in quite handy during a crisis.
Here are seven survival uses for Ziploc bags:
You can cut a hole in a corner of a Ziploc bag and then – voila! – use the bag to funnel anything you wish. In fact, if the hole is small enough, it could also work well as a water filter. While it won’t eliminate all of the nasty chemicals and bacteria, it will remove some of the noticeable dark substances. From there, you can use purification tablets or a pocket water filter.
Emergency Water Transporter
You easily can use Ziploc bags as a sealed water cup or as an emergency water transporter. Since the Ziploc will be very fragile when it is filled with water, you may want to “double bag” the water to keep it as secure as possible.
Keeping Fire-Starting Materials Dry
This is absolutely critical to survival. In cold and wet conditions, a fire will be far more valuable than shelter ever could. With warmth, security and protection even in the worst of conditions, you want to make building a fire as easy as possible.
The Secret To Starting Fires In Even The Most Extreme Conditions
Keeping tinder and fire starters protected securely in a Ziploc bag will ensure that they remain both dry and organized.
Keeping Electronic Devices Dry
Most of the time, we won’t be using any electronic devices such as a cell phones when stuck out in the wilderness. But if you reach an area of cell service, making a call with a cell phone could be a life-saver. The trouble is, cell phones and water don’t exactly go hand in hand. Keep your cell phone turned off and dry in a Ziploc bag as you travel.
Keeping Socks And Clothes Dry
A real killer when lost in the wilderness is wet socks. Wet socks can have adverse effects (as in trench foot) on your feet. This is why you should rotate the socks on your feet after a few hours of hiking in wet conditions. There’s no better place to keep a pair of socks dry than in a Ziploc bag.
If your Ziploc bag is big enough, you can always use it as a hat to keep your head protected from the cold rain! It may sound funny, but it’s better than having a drenched head.
Even the smallest of open wounds can be devastating in a survival situation once infection sets in. If you tie or duct tape a Ziploc bag over the wound, it can help to keep elements such as bugs or dirt out.
You can build a simple balance scale. Using 2 bags, fixed to the opposite ends of a stick which is tied to some cord in its midst. Depending of the size of the bags you can use the scale for weighing substances before bartering or for mixing some survival recipes.
Start a Fire
You can also fill a bag with water to use it as a a lens to start a fire with.
Solar Water Heater
You can use them as a solar water heater, when filled with water after you colored them black on the outside.
To avoid that animals steal your meals, put the meals in bags, tie them to thin nylon ropes and fix the other end of the rope to a tree, so the bags are hanging in the air out of reach for most animals.
At a river you can use them for a message in a bottle to call for help. Put inside the bag your message. Then give some breath inside the bag and close it quickly. Attach some colorful or better some reflecting material to the bag like aluminium foil so it will swim on the water and can be seen easily.
You can use them as an emergency substitute for gloves if you have to handle dangerous or infectious material like acid.
You can sterilize water from pests by filling it into a zipbag and exposing the bag at least 12 hours to direct sunlight.