10. Sanitary Pads | Bleeding Wounds Treating
The sanitary pad’s origin lies in nineteenth-century battlefield hospitals to treat bullet wounds. Only after World War I did they take on their now-traditional use of female hygiene. In case of emergency, when medical attention may not be available, bleeding wounds treating will be a necessity. The pads could be quit handy to cover the wounds.
9. Compact Mirror & Whistle | Fire And Rescue
It is a lifesaver when used as a silent emergency beacon. It can be effective in both sun and moonlight, and can even start fires on a sunny day. Although a rescue team passing by still may miss your signal; an auditory signal from a whistle is certain to attract their attention.
8. Super Glue | Emergency Wounds Suture
Have a superficial wound that needs stitching? No medical staff, no needle and thread or no sewing training? No problem. While it will not do much for penetrating wounds like gunshots, super glue as an emergency suture can quickly bind and protect minor lacerations that otherwise could become infected.
7. Gunpowder | Sterilizing And Cauterizing Wounds
You’ve seen it in the movies: guy gets shot, breaks apart a few bullets, pours the gunpowder over the wound and lights it. Guess what? While excruciatingly painful, it does exactly what is needed by sterilizing and cauterizing the wound.
6. Charcoal & Cheesecloth | Water Purification
Charcoal is amazing for some other uses than cooking: water purification. Drill a hole in the bottom of any type of plastic container, line it with the cheesecloth, place charcoal in it and pour in water – and voila, an instant water purification system! Afterwards, you can let the charcoal dry and cook your dinner with it.
5. Chewing Gum | Suppress Appetite
The simple act of chewing a gum can suppress your appetite, thereby preserving limited food supplies for longer periods, while aiding in necessary saliva production.
4. Vinegar | Antibacterial And Microbial
Vinegar is a great antibacterial and microbial that can treat skin burns, inflammations and infections. As a cleaning agent it sanitizes and deodorizes, and can mask any odors which you’re afraid might give away your position to wildlife. A small amount mixed with water can also be swallowed to relieve an upset stomach, or to remove parasites from any contaminated water or undercooked venison you may accidentally consume.
3. Condoms | Water Storage
Condoms are useful in another way than sex: water storage. Durable and stretchable, a condom can hold up to a gallon of water. They can also be used to protect against water, as a stretchable cover for valuable items like matches and walkie-talkies.
2. Harmonica | Maintaining Focus And Concentration
Musical tones – regardless of the source – have been shown to stimulate both the creative and pleasure centers of the brain; to help maintain focus and concentration; and to reduce anxiety and pain. The harmonica just might help maintain your sanity until the situation normalizes.
1. Baking Soda | Reliever of Upset Stomachs
Most effective as a reliever of upset stomachs, there is an even better reason to have baking soda handy: fire. In an emergency, an inexpensive alternative for water, baking soda easily puts out cooking and other small fires that may occur while hunkered in your bunker.
Could lift your sprits if you are all alone, or be used to scare of an animal threat. (Les Stroud of Survivorman always carries his)
Harmonica as a life saver? Never thought of that, I have a couple of those lying around the house. Now I know what to use them for.
Condoms for water storage??? Don’t think so. #1., They are coated inside w/a powder like substance for “easy on application”. You can actually “can” water for having safe water storage. It is sterilized and safe. #2. If you are having to move around, you can put canned water in a box/create/basket and move it. A condom will break.
The baking soda for upset stomach is new to me, I learn new things everyday! Great post.
#5, sure doesn’t look like gum to me!
This article has some dangerous misinformation. If you’re not near medical care, and have an open wound bad enough to “need stitches” that last thing you want to do is close the wound up. Stitches are mostly to prevent scarring. If you close a wound with superglue you stand a better chance of killing yourself with infection. DONT do it. Keep it clean as possible and open, cover with bandages, and change them frequently. It will heal by itself… your scar will just be bigger.
Do NOT use sanitary pads or any other absorbent material to stop bleeding. Please check this article out for more info. This is bad info………..I am a paramedic………. http://privatebloggins.ca/?p=1026#sthash.4msPklVG.dpuf
It’s best to start the powder in a spoon or something else, and then drop it quickly in the wkound
While hiking out in the desert along way from civilization I was accidentally shot in the chest by yahoos randomly shooting from their truck as they were driving a few hundred yards away. I tried to apply pressure but would it did stop the bleeding. I had to cut open my chest and pry the bullet off my sternum Luckily the bullet entered at an angle, hit a rib and glanced over but didn’t go through the bone. I had to cauterize the open wound by heating a very large nail in a fire. Even if I had had gunpowder. If i had poured it into the wound it would have been soaked with blood in bout 1/10 of a second, there was a lot of blood. Will soggy gunpowder burn?