Let’s say that you have taken care of all your solar and wind power needs, and have a flourishing garden where you grow all your own food. Let’s assume you also have a large emergency stockpile of seeds and non-perishable food in your home or at a secure location.
That’s all great, but what will you do if an emergency strikes while you’re traveling on business or vacation?
Or what if you’re faced with a survival situation in the wilderness? Last time I checked, wind turbines don’t fit neatly in suitcases and 50-pound boxes of whole grain can’t be crammed into a backpack.
With a very limited number of items that you can carry in a survival situation, you need to make sure that some of those items have multiple purposes. Space and weight will suddenly become very important, and you may also find yourself having to deal with the elements that Mother Nature throws at you.
Two multipurpose items that come to mind immediately are a Swiss Army knife and duct tape. There’s almost no limit to what you can do with those versatile tools, and they should definitely be included in your bug-out bag.
But as far as protecting yourself from the environment and gaining the water you need to survive, following are three multipurpose items that you should try to never be without:
- Thick garbage bags. Uses include a rain poncho, sleeping bag, shade from the sun, an additional bag for holding gear and other items, an emergency buoyancy device, tying off a wound to lessen bleeding, an emergency shelter (with the help of cord), liner for shoes and boots, a water collector or carrier, a solar still, and keeping wet clothes or gear separate.
- Bandanas. Uses include sun shade, an evaporation cooler, a medical sling, pillow, pot holder, signaling device, filter for smoke and dust, protection against breathing fumes, pressure on a wound, a weapon when “loaded” with a rock, a pre-filter for water, headband to catch sweat, and identification of people in your group.
- Strong cord, such as paracord or parachute cord. Uses include shoelaces, a fishing line, lashing sticks for shelters, restraining a human or animal, towing branches for fires, wrapping handles for easier carrying, a weapon when tied to a heavy object, strapping various items to a load-bearing object, and securing doors.
If you want to put yourself in the best possible position to survive when stuck in the worst conditions, those three items will help you. Try not to ever be without them.