When I think of survival, I sometimes overlook the obvious. I’m looking for wild edibles, good drinking water, shelter and fire material from the natural surrounding around me. The obvious around me that I overlook? The trash so irresponsibly left behind by goof balls who were there before me.
Don’t be one of those goof balls. Pack out your garbage. Even though the obvious right thing to do is to not clutter our forest and fields, that doesn’t mean you don’t take advantage of it when the need arises.
A discarded beer can can become a canteen or a cook pot. A broken glass can become a cutting tool or even a spear head. If you are by water, look in the trees and brush for broken fish line. Hopefully, a fish hook is still attached.
Anytime you run across plastic sheeting, it’s a survival treasure. If it’s large enough, you can use it as shelter or drape over yourself for a wind and rain break.
If you know how to use bark and plant fiber to twist a rope or string, then you know how to do the same thing with strips of plastic bag. Use the same technique. The smaller the strips, the lighter the cord. You can twist small strips into fish line. A little larger strips becomes cord for tying shelter material. Large enough strips can be made into pretty strong rope. There are tons of videos on how to twist rope. We don’t need another one, so I will provide a link to good one. Here it is. It’s a two part video with a bonus. He also shows how to use Stinging Nettle. One of the most useful plants you can find.
The point of this short blog, is this. When a survival situation occurs, don’t overlook the obvious. Use any material available and that includes junk left behind by some goof ball.