by Chris Thompson
Being a mom, I know above all else how much my family depends on me. Today’s world comes with many challenges and being prepared for the unexpected can mean the difference between my family surviving or not. Being prepared isn’t just about having the right supplies, it’s knowing what you can do with what you have. NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION, dire situations inspire ingenious solutions. If worse comes to worst, people will apply all their imagination and skill to deal with a problem and survive. Assume that a disaster can happen. Don't assume that it won't. Survival is 90 percent psychology, so being mentally and emotionally unprepared lowers your survival odds. (Source) What if you were stranded after a disaster, can you survive with just your purse? Below are some ideas, please share your own ideas and links below. Whats in your purse moms?
WHATS IN MY PURSE:
Nail Polish: Did you know that matches may be water-proofed by dipping them in nail polish. Store your matches in a waterproof container. The four most important factors when starting a fire are spark - tinder - fuel - oxygen. Lint from the dryer is the most flammable of tinder. Source
Scarf/Bandana: A scarf or bandana can be used as a compression bandage, a sling, or protection from cold on the head, face or neck . It can be dampened and worn around the face, nose and mouth as a mask for ash or smoke. It can be used to cover your head in extreme cold.
Tampon/Maxi pad: Absorbent and sterile, they can be used in a pinch for a field dressing or tinder for fire.
Compact Mirror: You can use a makeup compact mirror to signal for help, if you have a music CD in your purse it too will work great as a reflective signal. If you need something sharp, you can break the mirror and use the shard to cut fabric or as a spearhead.
Metal Nail File: Can be used as a spearhead if you need something sharper can be sharpened on a rock. Can be used as a screwdriver or can be used in a pinch to gullet a fish.
Travel Sewing Kit: In extreme emergencies you can use it to suture.
Credit Card: Can be used to scrape snow, or ice from a windshield.
Ball Point Pen: Besides the obvious, writing notes for help, the ball point pen is a deadly weapon for Attack defense
Condom: Water container, Cover the barrel of a rifle in order to keep debris out, Use as a sterile dressing to cover a wound, use as sterile gloves to tend a wound, blow it up and use as fish bait, blow it up and use as a bobber while fishing, Use as a waterproof container for matches, or use it to water proof a cell phone or pill bottle. Rubber gloves or condoms can be used as an ice bag to pack pulse point with ice. Armpits, behind knees, femoral arteries at groin, back of neck, temples
Disposable Rain Poncho or Rain bonnet: Can be used to collect rainwater. Spread it out and tie it up to a tree, or to twigs. Angle it so that rain drips along it into a container to collect rain, use dental floss for the rope. If you’re not carrying a mylar emergency blanket you can use the poncho as a protective ground barrier blanket. You can use the rain bonnet to wrap and carry your catch of the day. (See dental floss and snare hunting, fishing)
Bottle of water: Rehydration is important. But after the bottle is empty, collect some charcoal, sand, dirt and grass and you can make a home made water purifying system and run your water through. Or cut off the top and create a fishing trap
Chapstick: Can be rubbed on cheeks and face to prevent chapping, rub on small nicks or cuts to protect it from the sting of the air, nursing mothers rub it on sore nipples, Chemically akin to wax, it can be used as a skin ointment or water-proofing wax. It can be melted and applied to some fabrics as a water proofing substitute which will help form a protective barrier from the damp cold.
Hair Spray: Hairspray is a good emergency insect spray and will kill most flying insects. Source. Means of Self Defense - Hairspray doesn’t only preserve hairstyles but it may also stop muggers dead in their tracks. When a mugger makes his move, get your can of hairspray and splash a generous amount of hairstyling solution on his face. It will sting his eyes and irritate his sinuses. You then have the option to flee or to bop the baddie with the spray can. Hairspray is highly flammable, spraying it on tinder before you light a fire will promote a more intense flame. Never spray on or near an open flame.
Pantyhose: Cut strips of hose work great for snake bite in case you need to restrict blood flow in a hurry! Or you could cut the leg off a pair of nylons and place therapy pack in the center. Position the pack where you want it and tie the ends around the body and secure. Cut a circle from a pair of support pantyhose and slip arm or leg through it to hold gauze in place. You can use a strip of pantyhose to dry herbs, to tie items to a small sapling to keep items dry or up off the ground. Cut off and tie one leg in a loop, to create a simple sling or make a fishing net using panty hose tied with string, and a y shaped stick..
Eyeglass Repair Kit: Many eyeglass repair kits come with a small magnifying glass. This can be used on tinder to start a fire.
Dental Floss: Highly durable waterproof string. Good for Snare hunting, fishing, or Fishing Skewer, tying off tarps in the rain, tying bandages in first aid. Tie up bunches of herbs to hang and dry or tie a bundle of tinder, small branches and hang them in a dry area to dry/age. It can used as a cooking or clothes line to hang items to dry. You can use it to stitch a hole in canvas tent or tarp. Emergency medical uses : In emergency cases, dental floss had been used to tie up severed arteries as a result of a freak accident and to tie up umbilical cord in an emergency delivery. Read more: http://gomestic.com/homemaking/30-unique-uses-for-dental-floss/#ixzz0r1kCgii8
Safety Pins: once cleansed, and sterilized under a flame, in a pinch can be used for removing debris from wounds, can be used as a fishing hook.