Many of the items we put in our survival kits have multiple purposes. Given that we have a finite amount of space in each kit, we need to carefully weigh the pros and cons of each potential addition. Today, let’s talk about the different ways in which we can use a trash bag.
Please note though that we’re not talking about the thin kitchen garbage bags here. What you want is contractor grade trash bags. They are made of thicker plastic and are much more durable.
The first use that comes to mind is water collection. Fashion a quick box type frame from branches, open the bag inside, and catch as much rain as you can. You could also use it flat on the ground to collect dew overnight.
If you’ll be at your camp location for a while, dig a hole and line it with a trash bag. Pour water into it to have a larger supply on hand than just your canteen.
It can serve as as waterproof ground tarp. Lay it flat and build your shelter over it. Or use it as a waterproof top for your shelter.
If you fill it with leaves or grass, it may make for a rather nice mattress or comforter.
Cut holes for your head and arms and you have a pretty decent expedient poncho.
Fill it with air and tie it securely closed for use as a flotation device.
While not ideal, you can use it as a container to carry your gear if you lose your pack.
Given that even a couple of these bags weigh next to nothing and add almost no bulk to your kit, they are certainly worth having with you in an emergency.