The unusual use of ordinary things in extreme situations, how to use your usual things for survival.

There are no cases in which a person who crashed would have nothing. It just can’t be. Always, even in the most desperate situations, the victim has at least a dozen things and objects that can, if not save him, then at least ease his situation. Even in the case when he was in the middle of the desert in pants and a jacket. Doubt it? Then let’s take it together. 

Unusual use of ordinary things in extreme situations, how to use your usual things for survival.

Let shoes, socks, pants on a belt or suspenders, underwear, a shirt be put on our imaginary victim. First, let’s put on the shoes.. Shoelaces can be used as a rope, as well as for the manufacture of fishing tackle, bows and hunting snares. The same application can be found in thick threads drawn from a shoe seam. Good horseshoes, nails, and other metal parts are made. From a leather top you can cut a leather for a slingshot. In a boot that has no holes, it is possible to store, carry and even heat water. You can catch crayfish with an old shoe, for which you put the bait inside, drown it near the crayfish holes and periodically lift it out of the water. In this way, the crayfish were still caught by the children of serfs.

quite roomy and comfortable. Variegated pants, suspended on a pole and swollen in the wind, can attract the attention of pilots of a flying airplane or helicopter and indicate to them when landing the direction of the wind is not worse than an aerodrome stocking. From several gum twisted together, elongated from the elastic waistband of the trousers, you can make a small hunting slingshot, and cut bullets for it from thin branches bifurcated at the end or bent in half. For the same purpose, you can use gum pulled out of linen.

The lining of trousers and a jacket can be carefully torn off or cut off and put on footcloths, repairing clothes and shoes, making shoe covers, hats, signal flags, mosquitoes, bandages, landing nets for catching fishing bait, face masks and other things. Beautiful fishing hooks and baubles come out of hooks and mother-of-pearl and metal buttons. Durable fishing line is obtained from kapron thread extended from a loose inner seam. A belt cut into thin strips can provide the starting material for making thick fishing lines, slings, bowstrings, hunting traps and snares. The buckle can be easily turned into several large fishing hooks, an awl or arrowheads.

Well, if a person prefers a belt suspender, then they can also serve as material for slingshots, woods, hooks. Pants and a jacket can help to cross a water barrier if they are packed tightly with dry straw, reeds, branches and tied with a rope or belt. Cufflinks, tie clips, eyeglass arches will replace fishing hooks, spinners and sinkers, as well as the badge taken from the lapel of the jacket or the watch strap. Using resin-glued glass from two hours, you can try to get fire on a sunny day, like a magnifying glass..

Now let’s see what was lying in the pockets of our victim.

The usual gentleman’s set. Bunch of home of keys the keys themselves, trimmed and polished, will replace the spinners, from the untwisted ring you will get several excellent hooks. Wallet with silver and copper trifles and paper notes. Big money is the most useless thing in an emergency, except for a kindling of a fire and for insoles. A trifle is more useful, good spinners are obtained from it, and if you sharpen one edge of a coin, it will be a good cutting tool. There is no need to talk about a box of matches or a lighter.

Pen again, a fishing hook, or rather, a whole dozen hooks: a large one made of a metal clip and several small ones made of a developed spring from the rod. The rod itself can be used for its intended purpose and for marking tree trunks. Even cigarettes will fit in. Eyewitnesses claim that crushed tobacco thrown into the eyes and nose of an attacking predator can stop it and even take to flight.

Jackknife this is an invaluable thing in an accident. This is a universal carpentry, sewing, locksmith tool, which, in addition, can be turned into a large fishing hook, trench tool, spear, prison. Of course, in the pockets of our imaginary victim there may be many other objects and things, but we agreed that we will proceed from the worst.

A woman in an emergency and emergency is just a storehouse of useful things.

A wide variety of fasteners, elastic bands, hooks and other things will be found on her a lot more than on a man. Plus, indispensable invisibility, hairpins, brooches, earrings, safety pins for fifty fishing rods of material enough! And if a woman saved her cosmetic bag during an accident, and this most often happens, since the most valuable is saved, then we can assume that the victims of the disaster were no less fortunate than Robinson Crusoe.

Ask any woman cosmetic bag and look into it. What is there not only! 

Using familiar things in an emergency.

Well? Not so few things were found from our victimless person. But I have listed far from all of the things and objects, and not all options for their use. And therefore, in a difficult situation, do not rush to fall into despair, but rather think about how to properly use the property at your disposal. And one more tip: do not rush in an emergency to get rid of unnecessary, at first glance, things. You may need any empty bottle, tin can, a piece of rope or wire in a few minutes after you throw them away.

For example, using an ordinary empty plastic bag you can cook, get and desalinate saline water in the desert, cross the river, protect your feet from frostbite. A broken glass bottle will replace a glass, a knife, a skin scraper. The chocolate gold is useful for cooking, distress, fishing and more. A plastic bottle from under some cola or other tonic drink can be used to store and transfer water, matches and other water-consuming objects..

From it you can make glasses or even a whole mask to protect against wind and bloodsuckers, a hat or a rain canopy for it, primitive shoes, knee pads, a waterproof piece of clothing (such as shoulder straps), self-made equipment for catching small fish, a scoop, a protective glass for watches or compass. With its help, you can cross a water barrier, boil water, give a distress signal, spend the night on cold soil, and you never know what other use to find if, before throwing it out, think a little.

Emergency use of things with damaged equipment.

With success, it is possible to use parts of machines and mechanisms (cars, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, airplanes) in an emergency. For example, an automobile, aviation or motorcycle camera includes slingshots, containers for storing and transferring water, a life jacket, a heat-insulating mat, a protective suit, hiking shoes, and even an improvised cross-country truck! In the same way, you can turn a backpack, ski, boat, sled, parachute, camera, radio into one hundred useful items. You just have to show your imagination.

Emergency use of natural material.

And how much around useful natural material, literally scattered under your feet! Wood, stone, bark, durable shells of shells, bones of animals and fish, just pick it up, don’t be lazy! Almost all of them can be made: easel backpacks, shoes, snowshoe skis, fishing tackle, hunting traps and traps, bows and arrows, harpoons, shovels, dishes, a house with a pipe and stove, a boat, sled drag.

I will give only two illustrative examples confirming my words. Once modern archaeologists decided to test the productivity of primitive tools. A stone ax weighing a little more than one and a half kilograms was made in the image of archaeological artifacts and they began to chop a tree. It turned out that our ancestors were not so helpless. Our far-reaching contemporaries chopped an oak trunk with a diameter of 135 mm in ten minutes, which took about three hundred blows. For comparison: the experimenter dumped an oak with seventy blows in three minutes with a steel ax of the same diameter.

Tests of primitive bows gave even more impressive results. An arrow with an obsidian tip, fired from a bow, flew 75 meters and killed a large deer on the spot, breaking through its chest! There are cases when the arrows of the North American Indians, who were in the 18th century at about Neolithic level, pierced through a man from a distance of three hundred steps! Arrows with stone and bone tips passed right through the body of the bison.!

As you can see, our ancient ancestors were outfitted for hunting no worse than a modern hunter. Moreover, they did not go to the store for ammunition, but made their weapons and work tools from improvised materials, that is, from the same tree, bast, fragments of stones, bones and living animals, bird feathers. Another example clearly shows that for a zealous owner, every thing will do for a business! Think about how you would use a walrus killed during a hunt? Well, bolder! They would eat a piece of meat, provided that they could overcome their own sense of disgust. Still? Perhaps they would take one of the fangs to dig the ground or fight off the beast. That’s probably all.

And here is how the Eskimos used the carcass of the walrus. The liver, heart, tongue were eaten fresh. Fins and lips too. They were considered among the Eskimos a delicacy. Fat was used for food and for canning other products, as well as for heating and lighting built from snow, stone and wood dwellings. Dried blood was preserved in lumps for the winter. And they also made large stocks of pickled meat in the form of rolls, sewn with hide to the outside, and meat inside. Fangs served as a material for the manufacture of various household items and jewelry.

The skins went to belts, covering dwellings, skin-tight boats. The film of the stomach, throat, bladder and other internal organs was used for the manufacture of window inserts that replace glass, wineskin-like vessels for storing fat, tambourines and other things. Raincoats and aprons for hunting kayaks were sewn from peeled and washed guts. Complete disposal! Now evaluate how poor our thinking is in comparison with the primitive Eskimos. No, not in everything we surpassed our ancestors. Far from everything!

I do not want to complete the most original advice. No matter how many belts, cufflinks, bracelets, earrings, jewelry and other things you wear, no matter how many key chains and penknives rattled in your pockets of a pre-assembled emergency dial, they will not replace! In fact, is it worth it through grueling physical exercises to bend a fishing hook from a random nail, if you can buy a ready-made one and take it with you, pricked by the lapel.

Based on the book The Great Encyclopedia of Survival in Extreme Situations.
Andrey Ilyichev.

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