posted on Jul, 24 2012 @ 06:02 PM
Used tampons also work great for baiting a trap!
Hehe hope that wasn't too gross, just joking (although I don't see why it wouldn't work...)
Good call OP, the tampon does have tons of uses for survival. I keep a small travel sized box of them in my BoB (for survival uses, I'm a man)
Maxipads or whatever they are called are also useful. I have a small box of the super thin ones in my BoB as well. They are SUPER absorbent and work
great for covering up wound with a large surface area or that is bleeding a lot. If you are a large area of road rash, a series of deep scrapes that
cover an area too large for band-aids or gauze pads, those super thin maxipads work wonders.
While out camping one time I slipped on some rocks that were wet from the river. The rocks gouged out a bunch of flesh from my calf on the back of my
left leg. Many deep cuts and some shallow cuts, but overall a pretty large wound that was bleeding quite a bit. I had my standard first aid box with
me, but obviously no band-aids are that big, and it would have used all of the gauze we had to make a patchwork of gauze to cover the entire wound.
One of the girls that was there with us had a box of those super thin maxipads, I poured some hydrogen peroxide over the wound, then some alcohol,
then rubbed a little neosporin on the maxipad, put it over the wound, and wrapped it with a bandage. Worked PERFECT! Very little bleed-through of the
bandage, the maxipad completely covered the wound.
It was that day I gained respect for the maxipad as a BoB item, and decided to keep a box in there afterwards.