I was reusing some aluminum foil sheets for the water bottles and then I folded them up to put in my bug-out bag, and I thought it would probably be a cool, informative little post to write about the many ways to use it, or tin foils. I will give you just a few survival tips, but really, just use your imagination and reasoning, and I am sure you can find many more.
- If you have a radiator heater, you can place aluminum foil behind it and it will act as a heat reflector, raising efficiency while paying very little. This also works with a campfire.
- It acts as a pest deterrent. Adding small pieces in mulch will keep many bugs away. Wrapping your small trees in late fall, will keep mice and other pests that feed on young tree bark during winter. Take it off before the spring growth though. This is great for your food systems that you are creating.
- Use as a reflector for killing bacteria in your pet or pete bottles of water.
- Use as a reflector to give some plants more sunlight from another direction (useful in windows)
- Clean grill surfaces with a bunched up piece of foil.
- It can be a pan, pot, cup, bowl, lid, or plate when in a survival situation in the wilderness. All you have to do is shape it properly.
- If you have enough, you can place it below your sleeping bag to keep moisture away, keeping your sleeping bag dry, therefor warm.
- If you have a fishhook, but no lures, you could try aluminum foil wrapped around the hook. Frill and fan it out so it will wiggle and move when you reel it in. The sparkles add an advantage to get the fish’s attention.
- It can be fashioned to catch a lot of water when it is raining, and drain it into another container. Larger surface area means more water caught.
- I recommend using waterproof matches, but wrapping kitchen matches in aluminum foil can keep them dry in pretty wet scenarios. A better use of it would be wrapping tinder in many layers of foil. Keeping tinder dry is very important.
- You wrap food in the aluminum foil to be cooked over a fire. I actually prefer this over any other method when it comes to fish.
- Before you leave, and you tell others where you will be and such. Aluminum foil can hold your boot print for tracking if you step on a piece and leave it with the person. You can and should also leave a track on foil in your vehicle before venturing out.
- It can be used as a base (basically a plate) for starting a fire using the cotton ball and petroleum jelly method. When the jelly burns and melts, it will flow into the ground, but it will stay and burn much longer if you have it on foil.
- It can be used as a crude signaling mirror if you don’t have one.
- If you are trekking and plan to come back to the spot you are leaving, leaving some at eye level, may make great flashlight reflectors for you to easily see your way back.
- You can wrap cotton in foil to heat it up into char cloth which is a great fire starter.
- You can make a funnel out of it to fill bottles and such.
- It can be used to block wind for a alcohol or burner stove when camping. Can do the same for a small fire.
- Can be used to reflect the sun AWAY from you when needed in a hot environment.
- Last but Definitely NOT LEAST, you can make a TIN FOIL HAT. We are preppers after all. Lol.
This list is pretty long, but could be longer. Anyone have any other awesome uses? Leave it in the comments.
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