The Many Uses of Aluminum Foil

If you do much searching at all for lists of bug out bag contents, you’ll see aluminum foil mentioned frequently. Lots of people probably toss some in their kits but don’t really know why, they are just going down the list of suggested items for the BOB.

Aluminum foil is incredibly versatile and serves many purposes in a survival situation.

You can shape it into a cup for drinking or transferring water from a stream to a container. It can also be shaped into a funnel for the same purpose.

It can be used for cooking if you lack pots and pans. It is particularly great for steaming fish and veggies. Make a pouch with the foil and place inside the food with a bit of water. Fold the pouch closed tight and bury it in hot coals for a while to cook.

Crumple a bit of foil to use as a pot scrubber.

You can use a bit of foil as a fishing lure. Personally, I almost always have better luck with live bait like worms and grubs but having foil for this purpose is never a bad idea.

If you have no other way to keep found tinder dry, wrap it in foil and stick it in your pocket.

Honestly, that’s just scratching the surface. I’m sure my readers here can come up with several more uses for aluminum foil in a survival situation. Obviously, it is high time you added foil to your survival kits and now you know why.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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