5 Surprising Survival Uses for a Tampon

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Why You Should Carry Tampons in Your Survival Kit

There are survival uses for so many things, but there is a product that most survivalists don’t consider or think about — and that is a tampon. I know, it sounds a little weird, but you’d be so surprised how useful they are in a survival situation. One should always carry a few tampons in their kits and here are 5 reasons why.

1. First Aid – Medical Bandage

first aidTampons are sterile, come pre-wrapped, and are designed to be ultra-absorbent — which makes them ideal for a first aid bandage. The cotton part of the tampon can be stretched out flat and then taped to the skin. Tampons have also been used to plug a bullet hole until medical help can arrive.

2. Fire Tinder

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Cotton makes the perfect fire tinder. With a tampon, you can stretch it out and slightly pull apart the fibers – which increases your chance of a successful fire on the first strike. You can also separate the tampon into four sections which will give you more chances for a successful fire later on. If you coat the tinder in petroleum jelly or Chapstick — well, even better, as they are both extremely flammable.

3. Waterproof Container for Matches and Tinder

matchesThe plastic wrapper that the tampons come in can also be used  as a waterproof container for your matches and/or tinder. The cord from the tampon can be used to tie off the top of the wrapper to further ensure that your tinder and matches stay dry.

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4. Wick for an Improvised Candle

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Whether you’re on a camping trip or at home and need an emergency wick for a survival candle, the string of a tampon is a perfect solution. Depending on the length of the string you have chosen to use, it can last anywhere from 20-40 minutes.

5. Cordage

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The string of a tampon won’t supply you with a huge amount of cordage, but a little bit of any kind of cordage is better than none at all when you’re in a survival situation. You can separate the string of a tampon into single strands which can be used for setting a small trap, for example. You’d be surprised how many uses there are for cordage when you’re in a survival type situation.

If you have a survival use for tampons that you would like to share, please tell us in the comments below.

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16 Responses to :
5 Surprising Survival Uses for a Tampon

  1. SirLord Greywolf says:

    can also be soaked in oil/kerosene/etc then tied with wire/etc to a stick or what ever and becomes a small torch —- maxi pads really work the best for this (burn for a couple of hours as a big torch)

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