Chapstick. The lip-saving (and, as you’ll read further down, the life-saving) essential item we always need, yet it’s the one thing people never have. How do we know? Easy. Your friends ALWAYS ask you if you have any.
Here’s a fun fact for you to use next time one of your dry-lipped buddies ask you to use yours. Chapstick is a key survival tool in emergency situations.
Chapstick Can Save Your Life
Not only is it capable of being utilized in a number of ways to help ensure 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.
What Can It Do?
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 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 situations, maybe it’s time you went out and grabbed a few sticks for your Bug Out Bag, Emergency Kit, and Every Day Carry.
This video from Sensible Prepper shows you everything you can use Chapstick for when SHTF!
Thank you to Zombease for the original article
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