Chapstick is something that should be carried at all times. I use it on my lips and on occasion my elbows and hands. But there are quite a few different ways that this tiny tube can be used.
Uses of Chapstick During Emergencies
Check out just a few below that I found over at zombease.com (don't let the name fool you, they actually have some great survival tips!):
While it might seem silly or even impossible, chapstick can actually help save your life… and not just because it keeps your lips nice and pretty.
Capable of being utilized in a number of ways to help endure your survival, these little tubes of topical salve are a cheap, easy-to-use, and readily available supply that no proper preparedness or anti-Zombie folks should be without.
Protect Your Skin
We all know that when applied directly to the lips, chapstick can help reduce the risk of painfully cracked and dry lips, but did you know that it works on the hands and face just as well?
In fact, chapstick can act as a protectant against biting winds and bitter colds no matter where you put it (though it’s more effective in some places than others).
Applied to the face and ears, chapstick can help decrease the risk of heat loss, frostbite, and windburn and the same can be said when applied to the ears or hands of an individual.
Start A Fire
Many of the chapsticks available on the market today are petroleum-based. That means that they will burn well even in wet and somewhat windy weather. Small slices or smudges of chapstick can be used as stand-alone fire-starters.
However, to achieve a longer/stronger burn time, try working some chapstick into a cotton ball or throughout your tinder pile.
This is exceptionally helpful when dealing with damp wood or when trying to light a fire with little natural tinder available.
Treat A Wound
Small cuts and abrasions – like the kind you might get from shaving, handing a bit of wire, gardening, or working your way through brambles – can be treated with just a little bit of chapstick… though I’d recommend not using scented kind as the oils may irritate the wound.
Always clean your cuts, no matter how small, before applying any topical treatments.
Mixed with a bit of dirt or ash, chapstick can be made into a fairly effective camouflage for use in some survival and disaster situations, though we doubt it’ll help you fool the Undead. They have an uncanny way of finding humans no matter where they are.
With all the ways chapstick can come in handy during a disaster or survival situation, maybe it’s time you went out and grabbed a few sticks for your Bug Out Bag, Emergency Kit, and Every Day Carry.
Can you think of any other ways to use chapstick in a survival situation?
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Editor's Note: This article was originally published on June 6, 2013, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.