not just full of hot air
that can be a very useful addition to your Personal Outdoor Safety Kit is a
simple balloon. Several sizes of balloons can be easily purchases at gift
stores and craft shops around the country, for less that a 25 cents each. Look
for good strong latex ones either individually or in packages. There are a wide
assortment of ways in which this product can be successfully and strategically
used in the outdoors for your comfort, protection and personal safety. Here are
some of the uses, there are most likely more:
emergency water carrier-- fill the balloon with water from a steam by partially
inflating as you pour into it, takes some practice but it can be done. Tie off
the opening with a cord for easy access, transport by supporting the balloon
wrapped in a shirt or jacket.
tourniquetin the event of a deep cut or to stop bleeding when trying to
extract a fishing hook, wrap the balloon in deflated stage around your finger,
arm or leg and twist to apply pressure to temporarily restrict blood flow. Do
not restrict flow for long periods of time.
poles for a shelter in an emergency situation you can wrap a balloon
around the top of 3 cut poles in an upright position then spread the poles into
an open position to form a triangle structure. Dig in, tie or stake down your
frame. Cover your structure with a SPACE® Brand BLANKET or extra clothing,
pine boughs, etc. for temporary protection from the elements.
splintwrap balloon around cut branches to help immobilize the break.
Stretch balloon to tighten around the makeshift splint. Get medical help as
soon as possible.
barrel coverin wet and muddy conditions a balloon over your rifle barrel
will keep out the dirt and grime. You can shoot through it if it becomes
- cushioningwhen traversing over rocky
terrain or in white water, inflate balloons part way to add cushioning to your
camera or other valuables in a backpack or wet bag.
- pillowinflate to desired comfort
level, cover with shirt or jacket for added comfort.
supportin a tree stand, or sitting waiting for that turkey, inflate
balloon and position in the small of your back against tree. Do not over
inflate, allow for comfort.
lashing--tie together your gear and affix to backpack, lash fishing poles
together for travel, etc.
- tent tie
downgot a torn tent flap closure or a tie down rope, twist the balloon
and use it as a temporary fix. No string use it to wrap around a branch to
support your lantern, etc.
- fix broken
strapsthe flap on your backpack, the catch on your fishing tackle box,
ice packif available add ice, if not fill with cold water from stream. Do
not try and use it as a hot water bottle in your sleeping bag, or the midnight
fire brigade will arrive.
markershred into strips to mark the trail you just traversed, or make
like Hansel and Gretel and find your way back to your camp after a trek into
offtake 4 balloons and tightly wrap around and over each end of a
SPACE® Brand EMERGENCY BLANKET, tie front two off onto positioned upright
poles and then stretch the back tow down and secure to form an emergency lean
to. Face opening out of wind and towards fire for shelter.
storagefor an emergency situation, before you leave take a balloon and
stuff it with trail mix, dry cereal etc. When your hungry a little extra
nourishment can go a long way.
buoyfound a great fishing spot, mark it with a balloon and string tied to
- some uses
that require a little stretch!! Makeshift predator call - emergency
shoelaces - Fishing bobber - Hand mitten for keeping off blood while cleaning
game or in case of sheer boredom a slow motion volleyball game can be quickly
All of the
above may seem a little silly and inane, but by taking a simple object and
finding uses for it that can be beneficial in your outdoors adventures is a
mind exercise of visualizing your environment and your potential needs. In the
outdoors your mind is your greatest survival tool, going through an exercise
like the above may seem like a bit of fun, but it can be very beneficial, as it
keeps you thinking. Should you ever become lost, stranded or separated, you
will need to have your mind working for you and not against you.
If you come
up with some other potential ideas, Email us your suggestions and we may add
them to the list.