- From : Odessa Valyrion
How to hack it in the wilderness with Dessa
An apocalypse can come at any given moment. Do you keep it cool or run around screaming, not knowing what to do? Fear no more! Dessa is here to learn you some
unusual hacks so you too, can hack it in the wilderness!
Alright, it’s Dessa here and as promised I am here to tell you all about some hacks to keep you and your wilderness buddies alive. Or atleast increase the chance of you lot surviving the trip. I’m not going to teach you regular first aid. Although that’s very important too.
So apart from a first aid kit, there are things you should bring on a trip. Just in case you lose the kit, some of the supplies get wet or you forget to stock up on first aid essentials.
You can easily get yourself a supply of antibiotic cream/ointment to keep cuts from turning nasty for your next trip. All you need is the cream, a lighter and some straws. (and maybe a pair of scissors and something to hold the straw)
So how do we get these neat little packadges? Just get your ointment and fill it with a bit of ointment.
Place the straw over the opening of the antibiotic ointment tube and carefully squeeze in a small amount of the ointment that is approx a quarter of an inch in length.
Use your fingers to squeeze the end of the straw , pushing,the ointment further up inside your straw. This will provide a clean area for sealing the end of the straw without having the antibiotic ointment ooze out while you are holding it.
Hold the end of the straw with the tool you’ve chosen to hold it (pliers work great). You’ll have a small amount of the straw protruding. This will be used to melt and seal the end of the straw. Take your lighter and carefully melt the end of the straw so that it forms a seal. I like to quickly pinch the melted end with my pliers to ensure a good seal. Turn the straw around and find the point where the antibiotic ointment went up to inside the straw and melt it shut.
But, sometimes antibiotics aren’t enough. Some cuts need stiches and plenty of people aren’t medically trained to help you out in the wild. But there is something you can carry, that will help you out if it is an emergency!
Super glue is small, easy to carry, and when there is an open wound that needs closing there really isn’t anything (short of an actual suture kit) that is better suited for the job.
Just make sure to pinch the laceration closed until the glue dries. And remember, this is only for emergencies in the wilderness, where you don’t have medical help. DO NOT simply superglue a cut if you got other options. It is totally safe for small cuts. Seriously, there are countries that use this in the ER if they don’t got other medical supplies.
Talking about glue. If you, like me, like to build things yourself in the wild. You might end up with a blister or two! Yes, painful and most of us don’t go around the wild with tweezers and shit like that. But if you bring some elmers glue, you can just apply it, let it dry and pull it off after about 30 minutes. It will take the splinter right out!
Alright. These were this weeks hacks! I will come back with some more useful things to hack it in the wild in another episode!
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