One perceives the aluminum or tin foil as a foil that will help preserve the food’s taste for longer and so we rarely use it for anything else.
However, did you know that you can use tin foil in critical situations, as well? Even the US Army recognizes its importance in the official Survival Manual. Make sure you stash around 2 tin foil rolls in your survival kit.
1. Shielding your electronics
It protects your electronics in case of an EMP attack. All you need to do is to wrap your appliances and gadgets in a steel casing, in which you have previously lined up with cardboard; wrap your devices with tin foil and seal the casing.
2. Cooking food
It helps give a better, natural flavour to your food. All you need to do is wrap fish, meat or vegetables in tin foil and place it inside your solar cooker or barbeque.
3. Keeping contaminants away
There is no reason why, in a survival situation, you cannot wrap the leftovers in tinfoil. It will keep the contaminant elements at bay. For instance, if you retreat to a more secluded area, located near water and with plenty of horse flies around, using tin foil to cover your food will keep your food safe from typhoid, cholera or even dysentery.
These diseases are usually carried by horse flies and transmitted over to humans who ingest food that has been contaminated by these bugs. Diseases can spell disaster in a survival situation.
4. Protecting your crop
A good way to survive out in the wild is through hunting and growing your own fruits and vegetables. In order to protect your harvest, you can use tinfoil to scare away the crows or any other birds that may eat your crop. Spread a rope above your garden and secure a few strips of aluminum foil to it.
5. Attracting fish
The tin foil is as useful to hook on the fish as the fishing lures are, as they are attracted by its vibrant, silver colour.
6. Signalling for help
Tin foil can get you out of tough situations, as you can use it as well as you would use a mirror. It can be used as a mirror to signal for help in case any aircraft passes by. This would greatly improve your chances to get noticed by the pilot.
7. Creating a funnel, plates or glasses
Since it’s very easy to bend you can practically mold it into the shape of a funnel, which will enable you to transfer liquids from one container to another (water, fuel, etc.). Tin foil can easily be converted into glasses and plates, as well.
8. Making hats and costumes
Whether it’s the hot or the cold season, you can use tinfoil to make your own hat and even costume, which will protect you during the wintertime, as it will prevent you from losing heat and keep you warm. During the summertime, you can use the same hat to keep you cool.
The tin foil reflective surface will bounce back most of the sun rays. Make sure the shinier part forms the exterior part of your hat.
9. Starting fires
If you are trying really hard to build a fire on a damp soil, then you should know that your problem has a straightforward solution: place a 2 or 3 inches of tinfoil on the ground and place the wood and gasoline on top of it, as it keeps the moisture away.
10. Sharpening knives
You do not necessarily need sharpening stones for your scissors or knives.
You can simply fold a piece of tin foil several times and cut it. This alone will sharpen the cutting tool. When using scissors, make sure you completely close the blades at each stroke to sharpen the entire length.
To what end have you used tin foil so far? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.