Unconventional Uses for a TarpMay 5, 2013 by Melanie Swick | Be the first to comment »
Tarps are a versatile, lightweight, and inexpensive tool that should be a part of every emergency plan.
I have one tucked in several locations: at the home, in our vehicles, and in our bug out bags. You should too.
During a routine inventory and inspection of our gear, I was thinking about how to become more efficient and pack lighter by utilizing gear that can serve multiple purposes, so I began compiling a list of additional uses for some of our existing gear. These are some of the uses I came up with for a tarp:
- A clean surface for dressing game.
- Wrapping field-dressed meat.
- A stretcher when used with two poles.
- Constructing a tent or lean-to.
- An improvised poncho.
- A temporary patch for a leaky roof.
- Building an improvised raft or canoe.
- An improvised body bag.
- A makeshift bath.
- Keeping firewood dry.
- An improvised water bucket.
- A signaling device.
- Building a solar still.
- An improvised backpack combined with paracord as pack straps.
- Constructing a sail for your boat.
- A bivy sack.
- A makeshift Ahkio sled. (Though it won’t last long in rough terrain.)
- Building a hammock.
Any other ideas?