Who really wants to talk about tampons? The word itself has been known to make members of both sexes cringe, and most women try to keep the devices themselves covertly hidden away in purse pockets and makeup bags. But did you know tampons could save your life in the wilderness? Read these interesting survival uses for these average hygiene products here!
Use #1: bandage. This seems like a “no duh” observation when you consider the purpose of a tampon. But some of us (me) aren’t known to think on their feet, and would probably never consider utilizing one in this way. Jezebel notes that, “tampons are sterile, come very well-packaged in their own waterproof sleeves, and are designed to be ultra-absorbent — making them the perfect first aid bandage.” This is also a good fact to remember for those of us (me) who always forget to buy bandages for home use. (Though I perhaps wouldn’t wear this in public.)
Use #2: water filter. Just because you’re stranded miles from civilization doesn’t mean that icky, harmful substances from said civilization (or nature itself, of course) aren’t in your drinking water. Just fill up a water bottle, secure some cotton in the neck, and poke a small hole in the lid. The water will apparently come out, “nearly crystal clear.”
Use #3: waterproof case. Here you can just forget about the tampon and go for the wrapper. They’re waterproof, and therefore perfect for storing precious matches and other tinder. To keep everything nice and safe, just tie off the opening with the tampon string!
Believe it or not, there are a number of additional survival uses for tampons. Head on over to the source to check them out, and maybe you’ll learn skills that will come in handy someday! [via Jezebel]