A vital component of a good survival plan is to take everyday items and reuse them for practical purposes. Tin cans are just one of those objects.
Tin cans cannot be resealed after you open them, but that doesn’t make them disposable.
Ways to use an empty tin can
Storage of all kinds of things
Banks are commonly used to store food. But they can be easily used to store other items after their initial use. You can store cereals, sugar, salt, coffee, ammunition, seeds, and even water in them – choose for yourself. You can use a plastic or bandana wrap with elastic bands as a makeshift cap.
Saucepan or kettle
The knowledge to cook food and boil water on the go in the wilderness should be on your list of top importance in a survival case. After all, drinking unboiled water from a contaminated natural source can sometimes be more dangerous than not drinking water at all. Consider putting one or two empty cans in your survival bag to make hot drinks, boil water, or prepare meals. When using a tin can over a fire, remember to use a branch or other object to hold the can and not get burned.
Use tin can for fire transport
You’ll need to get creative with fire building if your supplies of traditional fire starters start to run low. One such way is to keep your tin on fire all the time, whether you’re standing still or on the move. This fire transfer will allow you to build a fire quickly when you stop for the night.
Poke five holes in the sides and bottom of your tin can, and then put coals from a dying fire on the base. Keep The coals burning for several hours by adding small wood, pine cones, and fuel. Caution: Avoid direct skin contact with the jar (for obvious reasons).
Making hooks and arrowheads
Tin can pieces can be one of your best materials for making fishhooks and arrowheads. You can do this by bending the parts until you get the shape you want or, even better. You can cut them with a knife or other sharp object. All you have to do is stick an arrowhead onto the end of a homemade arrow or tie your hook to some fishing line.
Use tin can for warning system
Many tourists find that fire is all they need when they sleep under the stars. The fire offers them protection, peace, and warmth. But fire cannot warn you of danger while you sleep. This is where tin cans come in handy: set up a rope perimeter around your immediate campsite and then attach the tin cans at different points, connecting two by two. If something tries to break through, the jars will rattle, warning you of danger.
Many survival kits include candles to give travelers the light and warmth they need. However, burning a candle outdoors will create some obvious wind-related problems. Even a slight breeze can quickly extinguish a candle flame. Another problem is that open flames are hazardous if you light a candle in a tent.
Cut or punch holes in the side of your can, then turn the can upside down into the wind. Put a candle in it.
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