Thursday, May 14, 2015

Survival Pin Of the Month #1 - Chapstick as a Survival Tool

If you haven't checked out Pinterest yet there is a HUGE survival community on Pinterest and the information available there is endless! Here is a link to my board I highly encourage you to check it out so you can start digesting all the great information available to you on Pinterest.

This is a little goodie that I found. Who knew chap-stick was so versatile but it make perfect sense given the amount of petroleum jelly composing it.

Survival Pin of the Month #1 

This Pin was brought to us by from They suggest 11 survival uses for chap-stick some of which I already do but some are new ideas and worth repeating:
  • Treat minor cuts, bug bites and rashes - I wouldn't use it on too big of a wound and I would test a small area of the rash before a complete application is applied.
  • Use on blisters and foot rot -  Anything that helps the feet survive abuse is a good thing.
  • Protect your face from intense sun - A coating of chap-stick will help protect from wind whether it's a hot wind or a cold wind.
  • Protect your face from frostbite for a short time - Again anything that slows the time it takes for frostbite to set in is going to be worth it's weight in gold.
  • Waterproof shoes or gear - It's going to take a lot of chap-stick to waterproof large items but for minor applications like zippers or stitch marks in gear it's a great idea.
  • Fix rips in gear - I'm not to confident in this idea.
  • Use as fire starter - *take special note of this one * - When applied to cotton or tinder it will hold a flame longer than the cotton or tinder will on it's own, giving you more time to start your fire.
  • Use as candle - Stick a match in it and light it up. I thought this was a great idea!
  • Get zipper unstuck - It helps to lubricate the zipper but I would caution over use on the zipper because it could get gloopy.
  • Apply under eyes to reduce glare - Just like football players wear painted lines under their eyes, Chap-stick will work in a pinch.
  • Dip in ashes to make a face camo - It becomes an easy applicator. Apply the camo in a pixelated pattern to deter video surveillance. Be aware that ashes have a lot of lye in them and your skin may be sensitive to too much.
  • Use empty case to store other thick products - Other waterproofing or thick salves can be stored in the case. Why waste it?

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit:
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