Aluminum foil is probably one of the most popular items used in the kitchen, especially for baking and wrapping food. But, this versatile product is also a good addition to your survival kit as it has a lot of uses when you’re outdoors.
7 Aluminum Foil Uses When You’re Out In The Wild
Being a wilderness aficionado, you need to be resourceful and learn how to maximize the use of an item by repurposing it. There are several ways you can repurpose a simple household item such as an aluminum foil and use it for your survival when you’re outdoors. Let me share with you these 7 ways you can use aluminum foil while you’re exploring outdoors. Scroll on!
1. Shelter Insulator
To keep the heat in your survival shelter, you can use aluminum foil as an insulator. Put an aluminum foil lining inside your shelter to keep you warm when you’re outdoors. You can also do this in your sleeping bag. Simply put a heavy-duty aluminum foil under it, this will also protect your sleeping bag against moisture.
2. Electricity Conductor
When your flashlight goes off in the night and the spring in the battery container becomes loose, you can replace it with an aluminum foil. Just make a substitute as wide and thick as the spring and the aluminum foil will act as the electrical conductor.
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At camp nights, sometimes your flashlight isn’t bright enough for you to see in the dark. To brighten up your lights, you can use aluminum foil to intensify the light. Try attaching the shiny side of the aluminum foil to your source of light to improve its brightness.
4. Instant Plate
When you’ve run out of paper plates while you’re outdoors, aluminum foil can serve as your substitute plate. Just fold it into a form of a plate and voila, you’re good to eat! It could also be easily disposed after usage or you can clean it up and reuse it for later.
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5. Keep Equipment Dry
When the rain starts to pour, you can use aluminum foil to wrap up your things to prevent them from getting wet. Prioritize the things that can get broken or you can’t afford getting soaked like electrical gadgets and matches. You must remember though that this would not make your things waterproof but it will definitely lessen the risk of getting wet.
6. Fishing Lure
Because of the reflective property of the aluminum foil, it can attract the fishes in the water. Use a little piece of aluminum foil as your fishing lure. Shape the aluminum foil like a small baitfish then attach it to your fishing hook.
7. Sharpen Blade
If you want to sharpen a dull pair of scissors, you can rub its blades in a thick piece of aluminum foil against both sides of the blade for about two to three minutes. After doing so, you can now use your scissors easily. You can also do this trick with other blades like your survival knife but you’ll be needing a thicker aluminum foil. Make sure to be extra careful as you might cut yourself.
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Watch this video to learn how to boil water using aluminum foil:
These are just some of the survival uses of aluminum foil that my friends I tried while camping outdoors, but I’ve heard there are a lot more uses it offers. If you’re about to head out for an adventure, you might want to pack some aluminum foil in your bug out bag. Who knows, you might be needing these hacks when you’re out in the wild.
What other aluminum foil hacks do you know? Have you tried any of these hacks before? Share your Survival Life stories in the comments section below!
Last update on 2018-02-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API