The secret weapon in my bug out bag is pantyhose. (Maybe I should call them man-tyhose.)
After you stop laughing, you might want to read on to see just why I keep these in my pack. You may just find yourself grabbing a few pairs afterwards.
If you are heading out for a weekend camping trip or if a disaster is on its way and you need to hoof it on foot to get out of dodge, make sure you always have a few pair of pantyhose in your gear.
It might not be a very manly thing to carry, and I get a few funny looks when I step up to the counter at CVS with a pair of pantyhose. But this is survival planning, and your looking manly is trumped by being prepared.
Not only are these cheap to buy, but there are dozens of alternative uses for them and they take up practically no space. Check out the list below for a small sampling of what these can be used for:
- You can wear pantyhose as extra layer beneath your normal clothes to keep warm in cold weather.
- Use pantyhose to prevent bites and stings. Wear pantyhose under your shorts or pants to protect against chiggers, ticks and other biting insects.
- If you are going to be trekking through water, wear them to protect yourself from jellyfish stings and leeches.
- Stretch a pair of pantyhose over a Y-shaped branch or stick and use as a skimmer or a fishing net. You won’t catch a 10-pound catfish in this, but you may be able to pick up a few smaller fish to eat or use as bait for a larger fish.
- Use pantyhose to secure bait while fishing. Place bait in the pantyhose and secure it to a tree or anything sturdy in order to keep from losing bait while fishing.
- Use pantyhose as a pouch or bag to carry things.
- Use pantyhose instead of twine or bungee cords to fasten or bind things together.
- You can use pantyhose as a belt to keep your pants hiked up.
- In first aid, you can use pantyhose as a tourniquet or to hold and/or secure a bandage or hot and cold pack.
- Use pantyhose as a first-round filter to strain any collected water. The water will still need to be treated or boiled, but this first line of defense will help to clear the water of any large particles.
- Use pantyhose to prevent blisters. I saw a lot of comments in one of my previous articles about using pantyhose to keep your feet blister-free, and I just wanted to highlight it again here. Cut the feet off of a pair of pantyhose at the ankles and wear them under your socks. They will help cut down on the friction between your shoe and your foot, thus reducing the risk of blisters.
Pantyhose look terrible on men… plain and simple. But they were never designed for us. The great thing about them, though, is that they are extremely stretchy. Most of them have a sizing guide, so you can take a guess at the size you should buy.
I’m not saying that pantyhose should be worn on a regular basis. But in a survival situation, the benefits of having those in your pack outweigh any blow that your pride may take when purchasing them. And if you really can’t break down and buy a pair of them for yourself, I’ve actually seen a few places that sell them in camouflage for the really manly man.
If you have the extra cash, you can always buy Under Armour. But you can get 10 pairs of pantyhose for the cost of one pair of Under Armour. I would rather save my money for something else.
These are just a few examples of what a little ingenuity can bring you in a survival situation. Can you think of a few more that I may have missed?