Surprising Uses For Emergency Survival Blankets
Emergency blankets are cheap, lightweight, take up minimal space in your packs, and are yet another item that goes far beyond just being a survival blanket. They go by many names such as Mylar, and space blanket but their main purpose is the same. Today we are going to take a look at other ways that you can use these blankets in a survival situation.
- Warmth – this is what they are intended for so it gets top spot. By wrapping yourself up, you keep the warmth trapped in.
- Collect Rainwater – if in need of potable water, you can create a funnel by tying 4 sides and placing a container under to collect rain water. Place a rock at bottom to keep a steady stream.
- Signalling – due to its reflective qualities, tying it to a large stick makes for a very useful signalling device.
- Trail Marking – you can cut strips from the emergency blanket and tie to different points throughout the trail so you don’t get lost.
- Melting Snow – place small amounts of snow on to your space blanket in the sun and funnel into a container.
- Floatation Device – tie off ends to create air space for an improvised flotation device.
- Fishing Lures – fish like shiny things so why not cut little bits from the blanket and use as fishing lures.
- Keeping Food Cool – wrap food in the blanket and place in to a stream to keep it cool.
- Heat Water – you can also use your emergency blanket to reflect the sun when you need to warm your water up.
- Fire Starting – another means of reflecting the sun is when directed on to tinder to start a fire.
- Boil Water – as long as you do not put it directly over the flames, you can tie your blanket to act as a small cup over the fire to boil water.
- Create a Sling – pretty self-explanatory.
- Fire Reflector – use it to reflect the heat from your fire in your direction.
- Carrying Water – if you need to carry water from the source to your camp, this works wonders.
- Keep Rucksack Contents Dry – line the inside of your rucksack or attach on the outside to keep the contents dry in the rain.
- Warm Food – use blanket as aluminum foil to warm food near the coals of a fire.
- Use as a Tourniquet – self-explanatory but remember that tourniquets should only ever be a last resort.
- Drying Clothes – laying your wet clothes on the emergency blanket out in the sun will help them dry faster.
- Rain Shelter – if your tent starts leaking, you can tie your blanket over the tent to direct the rain away.
- Cordage – simply twist your blanket up and you have some cordage.
- Make a Splint – The blanket can be used to hold a splint in place for an injured leg or arm.
I make that 21 uses but I am sure our readers can add to this list so share your own ideas in the comments below.