Many of the posts and articles on preparedness and survival sites are focused on some sort of kit:
Kits are good topics because they usually take an important aspect of the Law of 3’s and identify the gear/items needed to extend that “3-something” survival time.
I’ve discussed garbage bag uses before here.
This is a more comprehensive list of survival uses for contractor-type bags. These ideas come from the website Plastic Place, a great trash bag resource. [See “Source” below for additional links.]
A small disclaimer here: many of these uses aren’t going to save your life, but they will aid your outdoor survival tasks. I’ve added additional trash bags to my prepping supplies.
1. Rope and cordage: It’s possible to make strong and durable rope by hand just using garbage bags … the beginnings of shelter, splints, and so much more. Check out this video for the technique
2. Knapsack: Use sturdy garbage bags and some of that cool garbage bag rope you just made to build weatherproof carrying bags.
3. Wound irrigation: Getting enough water pressure to flush out a wound can be a challenge out in the wild. Poking a small hole in a bag filled with clean water can help clear the wound more effectively with less water.
4. Ice pack: If you need to apply cold to an injury but want the patient to stay otherwise warm and dry, filling the corner of a bag with snow or ice is the way to go.
5. Tourniquet: In a crisis first aid situation …
6. Emergency bandage: Keep a cut clean and dry and keep the pressure going by tying a layer of plastic bag around whatever you’re using to staunch the bleeding.
7. Sling: Support and immobilize injured arms with a strong, flexible piece of heavy trash bag.
8. Stretcher: Combined with branches, contractor grade garbage bags are tough enough to support the weight …
9. Create a quarantine: … plastic bag screens and masks can help to slow the spread of disease.
10. Food storage: … Put your food in several layers of plastic bags (to cut down odors) and then hang it from a tree away from your sleeping area.
11. Water collection: … Dig a shallow hole, line it with the garbage bag, and weigh down the edges with rocks.
12. Solar still: Turn salt water into drinkable fresh water with a black trash bag. Here’s a video that will show you how.
13. Boil water: Boil in the bag … Check it out in this video.
We’re always looking for long term food storage options. Food that will last a long time in their original packaging/containers. Food that provides calories for work and nutrition for health.
In this video review, J.J. Johnson of Reality Survival takes a look at the Valley Food Storage “One Month Food Kit” (made in the U.S.A). The specs:
Okay, let’s do some simple arithmetic:
750 calories per day is a minimum. Especially if you’re doing anything strenuous.
If you prepped well, you must supplement this food kit with your canned goods, and some fruit and veggies.
Otherwise, it’s more of a 2-week supply. (Again, good for 4 weeks in an extreme crisis situation.)
When Survival Lilly begins this review, I thought the food packets were filled with a type of trail mix. You know: trekking food … trail mix. The same stuff. Right?
Apparently, a company named Bertrand now offers “trekking food” with official organic or vegan labeling (by the USDA and the European equivalent). Each packet provides enough nourishment for one person for one day.
Okay. That sounds somewhat promising.
After watching the video, I think I might need more … of something else.