Survival Uses for Stretch Wrap
Wrap, Im talking about what is commonly referred to as pallet
wrap. I thought there was no way possible that something as versatile
and useful as stretch wrap could have been overlooked in the survival
community, but after hours of searching it certainly looks that
way. Ive only found a few vague references to other possible
uses for it. Today I hope to enlighten you and further prepare you
a lot of bang for your buck. You can pick up an 18 inch wide roll
of stretch wrap thats 1,500 feet long for less than $15. Thats
over 2,000 square feet of material! You can also find them in 5
inch wide rolls, 12 inch wide rolls, 20 inch wide rolls and 30 inch
wide rolls. Unfortunately I have yet to find 1 inch or 2 inch wide
rolls which I believe would be extremely useful, but I can cut up
the bigger rolls on a lathe. So now you have a 1,500 foot long roll
of stretch wrap right? Well technically yes but do not forget the
name, Stretch Wrap. Your 1,500 foot roll can
almost triple its length. You actually have about 4,000 useable
feet. Thats the better part of a mile out of just one roll.
It is extremely compact if you consider how much youre getting
out of such a small package.
move on to its possible uses.
The first and
most obvious use we all know. Securing loads. Many of us wouldnt
think about using stretch wrap to do that though. We use rope, Bungee
cords and tie downs most of the time. Depending on the weather we
might use a tarp as well. Ive found that stretch wrap a lot
of the time does a much better job at helping secure loads, as well
as keeping them weatherproof. I always keep a roll behind my seat
use that Ive found thats not related to survival is
use as a packing material. To be honest I have not done the math
cost wise to see if its cheaper than regular packing material.
It sure beats dealing with peanuts and packing paper though. And
it does an excellent job keeping delicate items from breaking during
shipping. In fact whenever pallets get delivered to my company,
I save the stretch wrap for use as packing material, so a lot of
the time its free.
cover its uses as a great survival tool.
One of the
most important things for survival is shelter. We all know this.
You can actually within a matter of minutes make a quality survival
shelter with nothing but stretch wrap and whatever you can find
lying around. If youre out in the woods you can wrap it around
a few trees and then make a roof by wrapping it over the walls you
just made. You can find a few branches and make a teepee and wrap
that. Ill get into this later but you can make rope to secure
the top of the teepee by twisting the stretch wrap up. If youre
in the city you can make a shelter out of almost anything. A bus
stop, a few signs, a porch, you can even use a couple cars as supports
for a shelter. Your imagination is the only limit. Youll also
get a natural greenhouse effect for warmth with a stretch wrap shelter.
One of the
other most important things for survival is water. And believe it
or not stretch wrap can be a very important tool in acquiring water.
Firstly I did a test to see how well water clings to stretch wrap.
It doesnt. Poor a little water on some and youll see
it shed off like water on a ducks back. This is useful if you are
in an area that hits dew point a lot. You can set up a frame at
an angle and wrap it. When the stretch wrap reaches dew point temperature
youll see moisture collect much like you do on the windshield
of a car. All you have to do is set up a water collection device
at the lowest edge of the frame and catch it. You can also use a
framework wrapped in stretch wrap to channel water that naturally
drips from trees or anything else into a collection device. You
can also use it for water de-salinization. With nothing more than
a bucket, a cup, a rock and some shrink wrap you can de-salinize
salt water. I wont get into its design as you can easily find
it on the interweb. Id rather stay on subject.
Next is rope.
I did a quick test with a 30 inch wide roll of stretch wrap to see
how well it holds up as rope. I unraveled 4 feet of wrap and twisted
it about once every 6 inches for a total of 8 twists. Then I stretched
it out. Interestingly it will stretch to 3 times its length when
twisted up and stay there. I turned a 4 foot piece of makeshift
rope into a 12 foot piece. It held up to 100 pounds of force without
breaking. Now think about that 1500 foot roll as rope or lashing
material. Thats 4,500 feet of it.
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