Items with Surprising Survival Uses

There are a lot of items out there that you probably don’t think can be useful especially for survival purposes. Some of these are items that you usually use not only for your outdoor survival uses but also on a daily basis.

Here are ten items with surprising survival uses.

35mm cans

You can use this to store medicines, matches, fishing gears, etc.


An average condom can expand and it can hold at least one liter of water. If you have tubing or a catheter, you can use condoms as a fluid IV bag in an emergency situation. You can also use them as a heating pad for your muscle pain, all you have to do is heat up some water and fill the condom with it then you can place it on the sore area. Make sure to use non-lubricated condoms only.

Read more on the survival uses of condom.

Dental floss

We often use dental floss to clean our teeth, but did you know that you can use dental floss in a survival or emergency situation? There are a lot of survival uses for dental floss like sealing supplies in a bag, cutting food, catching fish, starting fire, sewing, and many more.

Read more on the survival uses of dental floss.

Flexible cable ties

There are a lot of survival uses for this item. You can use them to hold things together, secure windows or doors, or for tying up a person.

Pen and paper

These items are very useful. You can use these items for making notes of certain structures or locations. You can use tactical pens as a weapon or a tool.

Safety pins

You can use safety pins as a fish hook or for picking thorns or splinters or other foreign objects in your skin.

Sanitary napkin

Sanitary napkins like maxi-pad can be used for large wounds with severe bleeding. Sanitary napkins are designed to absorb blood, making them a valuable item to have. You can also use tampons for your wounds. Tampons are usually used for ‘hole’ type wounds, like a bullet wound. Make sure to keep the tampons and sanitary pads in their packages so that they will stay clean and sanitary.


You can use sugar in treating small cuts and wounds. Honey is also a good anti-bacterial. Honey is a better anti-bacterial substance than sugar and it is better to use liquid honey on bandage than sugar especially when you are moving around.

Trash bag

Trash bags are not only used for your garbage, you can also use them for emergency and survival situations. As a matter of fact trash bags have a lot of uses, you can use them as storage, as an emergency rope, as a waterproof bandage, to ward off hypothermia, as a cold compress, as a tourniquet, as a ground cover, and many more.

Read more on the survival uses of trash bags.

Ziploc bags

Ziploc bags can be used in various ways. You can use them for collecting water, or for storing food, or as an alternative first aid kit.

1 Comment

  1. Survival Prepper Joe on May 29, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    This is a great list! Thank you for sharing it!

    My favorite in this list is the garbage bags. There are just so many uses (and re-uses) for these things, it’s kind of amazing. Fresh water capture (rain) and storage wasn’t mentioned, but comes to mind.

    And dental floss is also great to have on hand, as it’s strong, is a form of cordage, takes up little space, is light, and can be used for so many things.

    I’ve even seen dental floss used to remove a wedding ring stuck on a swollen finger.

    Thanks again.


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