By Joseph Parish
Many people often pose the question of whether Chap Stick should be included in our first aid kits or survival packs and I repetitively respond “yes”. In addition to the customary lip use there are other lesser recognized uses as well.
We are all familiar with the lip use for this product. I prefer to stock the miniature, individual sticks in my first aid kit and bug out bags. These are very economical if you pick them up at the Dollar store. You will likely get 3 for $1.00. They come in an assortment of flavors such as chocolate, etc.
In areas of intense bitter temperatures you can wipe the Chap Stick on your facial areas to help conserve and sustain your body heat.
As a lubricant it is just great. You can use it on your fire bow or anywhere that you would need to use as petroleum based grease. It can be used just as you would use any type of Petroleum Jelly when wanting to fuel a fire. Merely rub it on a small segment of cloth or perhaps a cotton ball from your first aid kit or even some type of natural tinder and you are set to go. Since I stash a complete bag of cotton balls in my larger first aid kit this is ideal.
In the event that you develop a small leak in your tent and do not have anything to seal it with you can always use the Chap Stick to accomplish a quick and temporary fix. It also works great on any other products that you would need to waterproof in an emergency.
As you can see you can use this “neat” invention for a vast number of different purposes. If you sit down for a few moments I am sure you will come up with a lot more interesting and imaginative ideas also.
Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish