Packing up your survival kit means preparing things that will fit in a compact space and still be useful to you should anything disastrous occur. As such, finding things that work for multiple different things will benefit you greatly in making the most of your survival kit and packing as many things as possible.
Keep your hands, mouth, and scratches chap-free.
Obviously, the main use of chapstick is for your lips, but it can also help if your hands or scrapes you may have obtained are raw. With chapstick, you will be able to alleviate pain more quickly in these areas.
Keep your skin free from harm in harsh weather conditions.
Through cold and heat alike, your body is susceptible to frostbite or sunburns. Protecting your skin from these elements can be essential, and while chapstick isn’t the best preventative, if it’s all you got, it will do most of the work.
Protect raw skin against sores.
Blisters are common, but with chapstick you can help prevent, reduce, and heal them more efficiently.
Reduce bleeding from minor cuts and scratches.
Serious injuries and wounds shouldn’t be treated this way, but instead by legitimate medication or professionals, however for the smaller scrapes you receive, chapstick can be used to reduce bleeding and the spread of infection.
Grease up zippers and tools.
If you want to keep rust away from your metal screws, nuts, and bolts, grease them up and easily prevent this. The same goes for zippers, drills, jewelry, and other metal threads and knicknacks.
Prevent your weapons from rusting.
Axes, knives, hammers, and more are prone to rusting. By rubbing some chapstick over the surface you can help prevent it from becoming rusted and relatively unusable.
Remove stuck rings.
If you get a ring stuck on your finger, whether it be from swelling or just the wrong fit, a little chapstick will help it come off with ease.
Create a semi-waterproof and protective shield for leather.
Spread some chapstick across the surface of any leather material and it will act as a vigilant defender against outward elements as well as help it become partially resilient to water spills.
Create a temporary candle.
With just a bit of chapstick and half of a q-tip you can create a small candle that doesn’t last very long but will be a great firestarter if need be.
If you’re without a q-tip to make your temporary candle / firestarter, adding chapstick to any number of kindling such as cloth, bark, leaves, pine needles, cotton balls, and more. The chapstick will help to spark the flame more quickly and have it last longer.
Mend small holes and cracks.
If you’re experiencing tiny holes in your tent, clothing fabric, and more, apply a bit of chapstick over the area and it will automatically seal itself.
Safely store money.
Once fully done holding chapstick and cleaned out, by rolling up a relatively large sum of bills you can safely store your money in a location that many wouldn’t typically guess. Just as an empty chapstick tube can be used to hold money, it can also store other small items such as medicine tablets and pills, q-tips, cotton balls, matches, and more.
You can utilize any type of chapstick for the ways listed above, however recommended are normal to larger sized tubes as they can provide the most benefits. If you’re looking for a space efficient, multipurpose addition to your survival kit, chapstick is one of the best.