Craft a Spear You’ll feel like Rambo for sure, once you’ve got a spear like this in your hands. Cut a branch about 3 to 6 feet (1–2 m) long, and tape your knife to it firmly. Presto! You have a spear for hunting, fishing, or defense.
Cuff ‘Em If someone is acting up during a survival emergency (read here: losing it), you can duct tape his hands together around a tree to prevent him from becoming a danger to himself or others. Behind the back is your best option.
Bandages Place a sterile dressing over your wound, and strap it in place with duct tape. Hopefully you’re not too hairy where you got injured, because the removal may not feel nice. Smaller strips of DT can also be snipped with scissors to create butterfly bandages, which are handy for closing lacerations.
Fix Anything One of the most common and important repairs in the wild is the repair of a cracked water bottle or a pierced hydration bladder. A strip of DT is the next best thing for an ailing water vessel. Just dry the surface before you try to tape your patch in place, as most forms of duct tape won’t stick to moisture. Other repair opportunities abound.
These tips, and 337 more survival skills, are in MacWelch’s new book Prepare For Anything. This latest Outdoor Life survival manual is available now on Amazon.
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Take one of his survival classes at www.advancedsurvivaltraining.com
and check out more of MacWelch’s outdoor skills and survival articles at Outdoor Life Magazine’s survival site, The Survivalist.