The best-case scenario is to have a survival bag packed with all the essentials needed for survival in any situation. However, you may only have what items you can scavenge from your surroundings in which to use for survival.
You may have to go in search of items that can help you survive, so when you do come upon something, do you know what it can be used for to help you survive.
1. Small Pencil Sharpener
You probably have one lying around your home, in a desk drawer or even in the garage for those weekend do-it-yourself projects that require a pencil for marking measurements. They put a fine point on a pencil. Sharpening a pencil is their intended purpose and they work well, but what else can one do. For one thing, they can also create fine wood shavings for fire starting.
The sharpener can be used to create wood curls and what a fine job they do with little effort. Grab a twig and get busy making curls. If the twigs are wet or damp, keep working until you have removed the wet outer layers and are down to dry wood. Pine makes excellent wood curls.
2. Earthenware Dishes/Cups
Typically, you will find that most earthenware dishes have unfinished surfaces somewhere. On a coffee cup or plate, it may be the bottom ring where it rests on a surface. The rough portion can be used to sharpen knives, axes and even shears or use the rough surface to sharpen wire strands into needles or fishhooks. You can find broken pottery just about anywhere. Plates and cups can be broken up and knapped into cutting tools, spear points or into arrowheads.
3. Hand Held Wire Mixing Whip
You have seen theses before and you probably have one in a kitchen drawer somewhere. They make whipping up light sauces a snap but what survival uses does a wire whip have.
A number of wire stands are attached to the handle and each strand is looped back to the handle. If you were to cut each wire strand three inches from the handle you will get wire strands that can be used for shelter building, snares, fishhooks, and for equipment repair, but what else do you have.
Once the wires have been cut, you now have a handle with numerous heavy strands of wire poking out. You have a weapon, and you have a tool. The uses are endless if you just use a little imagination.
4. Barber Scissor Stainless Steel
If you own a home haircutting kit, you will find scissors inside and normally they would be stainless steel ones. The scissors can be separated by removing a screw in the middle and what you are left with are two very pointed daggers.
One can be secured to a stout sapling for fishing and hunting and as a self-defense weapon. Either piece can be used as an ice pick for breaking up ice on a stream to get to water, as a digging tool, cutting tool and self-defense weapon. The pointed end can also be used as a leather awl, and as a drill bit. Notice the end of the scissors it is somewhat squared off.
You can tap the end and turn to drill through small pieces of wood. This would come in handy if you needed to make a bow for fire starting. Use a light tap, with the other hand keep a slight downward pressure, and turn as you tap. The handle end is not ideal for striking but with a little practice, you will get the hang of it.
You have two pointed ends with finger grips. The uses are endless in a survival situation.
5. Rubberized Shelf Liner
Today’s shelf liner is usually rubberized so it stays in place without adhesives. The liner is used to keep items from moving around once placed on the liner. It is often used underneath silverware trays to keep the tray from shifting to the front as you open the drawer. The liner however has other practical uses that can come in handy in a survival situation.
Cut portions that can be wrapped around the bottom of your shoes or boots for a better grip on slippery surfaces. Attach the liner to your boots or shoes using heavy-duty zip ties or heavy twine/string.
Use small pieces wrapped around your hands for a better grip when climbing, or whenever you need a secure grip. Use them for hand protection when working with heavy brush. Use them as makeshift potholders for around camp.
Wrap gear or other items in the rubberized liner to protect them from damage while in your pack. With a little imagination, you can come up with dozens of uses for the liner.
Tip # 1
Use a rock, hammer or any heavy tool to flatten wire ends to create a broader point for spear fishing or for hunting small game. Once flattened you can use rough pieces of crockery to sharpen and shape the ends.
Attach three or four pieces of sharpened wire to the end of a stout stick for spearing fish and other game.
When flattened the wire can be manipulated easier but keep in mind this will also weaken the wire as well. Flatten to make it easier to form into fishhooks.
Tip # 2
Crumble a handful of potato chips or corn chips in a Ziploc bag and to the bag add several feet of cotton twine and mix it in with the chips. Keep the bag sealed and carry in your survival pack.
The twine will soak up the oils in the chips, which makes it easier to create a fire with nothing but sparks. When needed for fire starting simply empty the bag with chips and twine together and then use a Ferro rod or flint and steel to create a fire in damp conditions. The several feet of twine give you enough combustible material to start a fire under most conditions if you have the means to create a spark.