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This may come as a surprise, but every single person reading this has access to this useful survival kit item. With no cheating, guess the item with the least amount of hints or clues. We have listed the top survival uses for this specific item below.
Tourniquet – By folding this item 2-3″ wide, wrap it 3-4″ above or below the wound, but not on a joint. A stick or pen can be used to tighten and if available, use the included jaw string to hold the stick or pen in place. (Take our Emergency First Aid course to learn more.)
Shower – By filling the item with clean water, tie it to a tree or fixture overhead. Take a pen or stick to poke a couple small holes to let water out. Can use rubber bands to temporarily close holes to preserve water.
Sucking Chest Wound Seal – If a puncture wound is showing signs of a sucking chest wound, simply cut the item into a 4″x4″ square, place over the wound and tape three sides with a waterproof tape. (Our Emergency First Aid course includes this.)
Waterproof Bandages – As introduced above, you can cut this item and use as a cover to protect any wound from further infection. Use waterproof tape to seal and protect the wound for an extended period of time.
Splint Tie – If we don’t have access to a SAM Splint, we can use a solid branch, tent poles, etc. Use this item to affix the splint and hold in place. (Take our Emergency First Aid course to learn more.)
Sling – By cutting this item in half, diagonally from corner to corner, we have access to 4 triangular splints. This also can be used for many other first aid emergencies.
Hypothermia Prevention – With this use, we want to rapidly increase the body temperature by insulting and using the heat the body produces. Remove damp or wet clothing and wrap skin with this item to insulate the body. This will help increase the body’s core temperature.
Insulation – Need a little extra warmth on a hike or camping trip? Use this item as long underwear to hold in precious body warmth. Affix with the use of waterproof tape.
Parka – This item can be cut and placed over the body to keep necessary gear dry. Keeping dry, especially for long, outdoor activities is crucial for warmth and to help limit many other injuries.
Gear Cover – Keeping a backpack with food rations or medical kits dry is critical. This could create a life or death situation real quick if critical gear is soaked. Use this to safety protect gear from the elements.
Shoe Covers – As stated above, for long hikes or travels on foot, we want to keep dry and most importantly our feet. Soaked feet, in this condition, can cause many injuries that will immobile or completely stop the avid outdoorsmen.
Pillow – Take this item and fill it with dry leaves or other soft, dry debris. It may not be a MyPillow, but it will keep you comfy and assist in being well rested in a harsh environment.
Clothes Washer – Fill this item with non-potable water and a detergent/soap/disinfectant wipes on hand. Shake the bag and physically scrub clothes in bag to agitate the water. Rinse clothes and hang to dry.
Floatation Device – Save crucial lung muscles and whip this item in a figure 8 motion, open side forward, and collect air. Close by tying the end. This will help keep a single person afloat. Be sure to not puncture or rupture during use. A pair of pants can also be used as an emergency floatation device.
Fish Netting – Take a pen or stick and puncture holes about 3 to 4 inches apart so water can easily flow through, but doesn’t take away from the structural integrity.
Food Bowl – If there is a stocking cap or other hat accessible, use this item as a liner.
Trail Marker – At some point, going away from camp to find resources will be crucial. If needed, use this item to flag or mark so finding the way back will be an effortless task.
SOS Signal or Flag – As a last resort, use this item to spell out SOS or as a flag to signal aircraft or any passing individuals on higher terrain. This item can also be used to block wind if a signal fire needs to be started.
There is a reason why minimalists tend to survive the harsh realities of life when sh*t hits the fan. Bare essentials, when needed for survival, matter. Having access to these items, knowing where they’re located and how to properly use them, can determine life or death in a given situation.
1) Concealed Carry Firearm
This should be a given, but not surprisingly, most law-abiding citizens don’t carry a firearm. In Minnesota, as of March 1st, 2022, 387,013 active permits were registered out of 3,414,300 residents over the age of 21. This is less than 9% of all legal adults able to acquire a firearm. Not great, but it’s the highest number of active permits in the history of Minnesota. We love that more people are taking personal responsibility in protecting themselves.
Some of the best-selling EDC (Everyday Carry) firearms are:
SIG Sauer P365
S&W M&P Shield Plus/EZ
Ruger LCR/LCP II
What ever make/model is chosen, make sure it’s the right price, fit and caliber. Don’t know what to get? We offer in-person consultations to “zero in” and help find the best firearm option. Call Cory @ 612-875-4454 or send a message to Cory@Nomadlund.com
2) SOF Tactical Tourniquet
A tourniquet is a device that helps apply pressure to a limb to stop hemorrhaging (an escape of blood from a ruptured blood vessel) that cannot be stopped with direct pressure.
Like the Tourniquet, the Israeli Bandage applies pressure to stop hemorrhaging, but is applied directly to the wound. This bleeding control kit includes: Primary Dressing, Pressure Applicator, Secondary Dressing & Closure Apparatus. This New Israeli Battle Dressing has a 6″ wide sterile pad, a 7ft elastic wrap, vacuum packaged and sterilized in a medical grade facility.
4) Spyderco Knife
One of the oldest tools for self-defense is a blade and this Spyderco 3.39″ G-10 is a great option for everyday carry. Not only can a knife be used for self-defense, but can aid in a medical emergency to remove a seat belt, clothes covering a wound or cutting open a backpack with a stuck zipper.
One thing to remember and this isn’t legal advice, but if a knife is carried in conjunction with a Firearm on person, there may be additional legal implications in a self-defense altercation. Please research this topic. Also, would also highly recommend researching and purchasing self-defense legal protection. The last thing needed is to second guess a self-defense situation.
In conclusion, we suggest these items at a minimum, but every scenario is different. If carrying all this isn’t an option, just customize it. For example, someone might not need a flashlight if going for a bike ride during the day. The goal here is to be prepared incase of an emergency and also to consider additional legal protection to safeguard oneself, loved ones, property and to stay out of jail if ANY self-defense claim needs to be made.