When you are packing your bug out bag or putting supplies on the shelf, lack of space can be a serious problem. That’s why it’s best to store items that can serve many purposes. Things like trash bags, chap stick, and pantyhose take up very little space and can be used in numerous ways. And so can dental floss. Here are 27 ways you can use it for survival.
Make a Lean-To – Use floss to make a lean-to with a tarp or blanket. Just thread the floss through the holes of the tarp or the corners of the emergency blanket.
As Lashings – If you need a larger shelter, use your dental floss to lash branches together so you can build one. If you already have a shelter, use floss to make it a little sturdier.
Make an Alarm – Tie a few cans or metal lids to a length of the floss and string it across the perimeter of your camp or outside your home. Because the floss is difficult to see, intruders will sound your hobo alarm.
Make a Tripwire – String the floss nice and tight around some trees. Anybody who comes traipsing into your area is going to fall on their face before they can reach you. The thin floss will blend in, especially if there is snow on the ground.
As Restraints – It isn’t pleasant to think about, but if you have to restrain somebody, several strands of floss around their wrists should do it.
As a Clothesline – String a line of floss between two trees and use it as a makeshift clothesline for your socks. Dry feet are important. The floss is probably not going to be strong enough to hold your jeans, but it can certainly hold your unmentionables and some shirts.
Mend Clothing – Floss is strong enough to mend shirts, pants, and even shoes. If you can, store some unwaxed floss just for this purpose.
As a Shoelace – If your shoelaces break, thread dental floss and use that instead. It’s not perfect, but it should be strong enough to keep your shoes on your feet.
Secure Hair and Clothes – You don’t want your hair or clothing to get caught on something if you’re hiking through the woods. Use floss as a hair tie or to secure loose clothing.
As a Dummy Cord – Tie important things to your clothes or backpack so you don’t accidentally drop and lose them. Things like compasses, knives, tools, etc. (continue reading)