Saved By: Alu­minum Foil

Splint wounds, flag down res­cuers, and pre­vent snow blind­ness.

Backpacker - - CONTENTS -

BLOCK THE GLARE

Make glacier gog­gles to pre­vent snow blind­ness. Fold foil into a 6-by-2-inch bar and mold the mask to your face. Cut a space for your nose and hor­i­zon­tal slits for your eyes. Fold foil over at the edges to re­in­force be­fore pok­ing

holes for a cordage head strap.

SPLINT A JOINT

Wrap a bro­ken fin­ger in cloth, then fold sev­eral lay­ers of foil into a bar twice the length of your fin­ger. Fold it in half long­ways over your fin­ger to cre­ate a twosided splint. (It’s stronger than it looks.) Bend the splint to hold the fin­ger at the most com­fort­able an­gle.

SIG­NAL FOR HELP

Wrap foil around a plate or a square frame made of twigs and re­flect sun­light to sig­nal air­craft. (Smooth out creases for best re­sults). Too busy work­ing that sur­vival grind? Make sure your sig­nal is al­ways on: Tie rib­bons of foil to trees or bushes in open ar­eas.

LEAVE A TRAIL

Lost at night? As you hike, wrap foil around trail­side veg­e­ta­tion to catch your head­lamp beam, so you can re­trace your steps.

PURIFY WA­TER

Fash­ion a cup to hold wa­ter for boil­ing. Sus­pend it over coals (foil will melt in a di­rect flame).

WATER­PROOF YOUR PHONE

Don’t have a plas­tic bag? Wrap elec­tron­ics in foil to pro­tect them from heavy rain. Fold the edges over sev­eral times and crimp tightly to seal.

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