If you ask a woman to empty her purse or a man to empty his pockets, you’re going to find a few quirky things unique to the individual but you’ll also likely find some common items that most people carry around with them.
What may surprise you is exactly how many survival uses those common items have. If you’ve ever watched McGyver, you know that these items can be used to make just about anything with a little ingenuity.
Today we’re going to talk about these pocket survival items and their unbelievable uses.
Just about every woman over the age of 14 will have at least one tube of lipstick in her purse. In addition to making herself beautiful while she kicks ass, she can also use it to start a fire because its main ingredient is petroleum. Other uses include:
- Writing a rescue or location message
- Sunscreen (many lipsticks have sunscreen in them but even the colored ones will block the sun mechanically in an emergency)
- Lip balm
- Waterproofing small items such as matches
Many people don’t think much about how to use a car key or a house key for anything other than its intended use but a key can be used for a few different survival tasks including:
- A hand weapon – put the key between your fingers when you form a fist and you can do serious damage. Just be sure that the key is flat between your fingers. If you have the teeth facing your skin you’ll do damage to yourself, too.
- Scratching messages – if you need to leave a message for somebody, a key will scratch concrete, wood and even glass.
- Pry tool
- Directional marks – if you want to leave a mark somewhere so that your family will know where to find you, a key will mark a tree without being too obvious. Make this part of your meet-up plan.
- Emergency saw – it won’t hack through much but a small branch or rope won’t be much of a challenge for a key.