15 Trash Bag uses for Survival

Sensible Prepper Presents: 15 Trash Bag uses for Survival. Having a Heavy-Mil large trash bag in your survival kit could be used for more than just picking up the trash. Thinking creatively during a crisis can make life easier and even safe your life.

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  • KnightFireLT1

    Using a small rock or twig as a tie down button would work better for securing your shelter, that way you’re not cutting unnecessary holes and will negate any possible tears.  Rock on brother!

    • SensiblePrepper

      Good point. Thanks for the comment.  

    • A9YrOldGirl

      +KnightFireLT1 I was just about to suggest the same thing. Guess I was a year too late. A balled up bit of TP would work too & no risk of cutting into the bag, plus you got fire starter material that is now weather-proof for future use.

    • Kitt Katt

      +KnightFireLT1 To stop a rip from happening. Make an X shape with duct tape, and then poke a hole in the center of the X, (making a durable eyelet to thread the rope through). This ensures that the eyelet holes never become larger, or cause a tear in the plastic from a gust of wind, which saves this bag for many future uses.

      Another function to use with the “Tent roof” is strapping a strip of duct tape on the back end hanging it down and then wrapping the duct around a medium size twig, branch, or log. This weighs down the trash bag tent in the back giving it a small slant/slope so the rain falls off in the back, and wont cause the tarp to stretch or sink. And of course you will want to position something under the dripping water so you can collect it for drinking, cooking, or washing.

      And yes, +SensiblePrepper… I had just finished watching your Duct Tape Uses Video! Haha.. 🙂
      Great Videos, Thank You SO MUCH!

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  • Bilbo Baggins

    2:44 LOL white trash? (sorry i thought it was too funny not to make a joke about ;3)

  • Nate

    lol bloopers was funny and great to see someone who can laugh at themselves, shows character.

  • Edwin Meyer

    If I may add something regarding procuring water where there appears to be no water available… You can take your 50 gal bag and shove a branch on a leafy tree inside, tie the ends around the branch and condensation from the leaves will collect inside the bag giving you clean water when you thought you had none. You can easily collect about a quart a day using this method…and you do not even have to damage the tree.

    • Edwin Meyer

       Trapping depends on where you are, Laws differ from state to state. There are many deadfall traps which require nothing more than what you can find wherever you are, Do a YouTube or Google search for “deadfall trap”, or if you have even a foot or 2 of light wire you can make snares…(also many videos here on that subject I presume). Remember, always try to set multiple traps, increase your chances. You also may want to look up edible food from foraging,  That lichen that you might see growing on rocks or trees makes a suitable “spinach” like soup that is quite nourishing. You can make tea from most pines, Dandilions are also a good staple, both the leaves and the flowers can be eaten raw or boiled. If you dig up the dandelion roots you can make a fairly good coffee substitute. Acorns, when boiled and dried, then diced up can also serve as coffee substitute, Always boil them for a few minutes first and rinse them well to remove the oils which make them very bitter. Acorns, after boiling can also be roasted and dried and crushed into a semblance of flour… Not too bad. I have honestly simply “experimented” with vegetation, I rend to chew on different plants and leaves… If they taste acceptable I consume small amounts to make sure that there are no ill effects… If there aren’t, then by all means I will eat them LOL. I found a certain leafy ground plant in southern Canada, that when dried out makes a very good tea, as well as tobacco. I am not one of those “eat bugs” type, never have I found the need…yet LOL.

  • Terry Gascay

    Great ideas, esp the makeshift mattress & moisture catcher.

  • david counsell

    You mentioned using the bags outside of your rucksac what about using them as a liner inside as i was told in my scouting days. Also as a form of twine or cordage.

  • Jimmy Walker

    Rough tough brave camper with hand gun I would love to see you try this in Scotland

  • Stephen Fewson

    Nice reminder video…. 😉

  • jeff schnablegger

    REDUNDANCY……And an improvised pillow. Great video

  • King Grizzly Beard

    Trash bags are a very useful as a solar still. Bunch up several twigs still attached to a tree, put the bag over them, cinch it closed and the heat and sun will draw moisture out from the tree.
    Also, just put the trash bag inside your pack, with your gear in the trash bag to water proof the gear. This also causes your pack to be buoyant enough to be used as a floatation device.

  • Cobra .38

    Your videos are great.

  • Kaylynn Strain

    you could cut the bag into smaller pieces for wrapping individual items to protect them both inside and outside your pack

  • Michael Jones

    I always find it useful that if you are going to carry something it’s best to use your hands.

  • Michael Jones

    trash bags are also useful for putting rubbish in.

  • CvilleEducator

    I love your videos on how everyday items can be used for survival!

  • Giannis Todorov

    Subscribed! Useful tips and tricks.

  • Janusha

    Survival trash bags HAHAHAHA americans… Oh and thats not a “fire arm” thats a god damn gun, dude.

  • Yuzuf Equiz

    415 cityside! FRIZCO!

  • Gringo

    Also, if you can find these large industrial bags in ORANGE – that also counts as a signaling device for camping, hiking, etc.

  • jeremy67A

    I’d like to see some company start making disposable ponchos out of those industrial trash bags. The cheapies are walmart are too thin.

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