Survival Skills

8 ways to use a sock to survive

SHARE
, / 54895 183

saved by a sock

8 ways to use a sock to survive

Warm Your Hands

You’d be hard-pressed to make a life-saving fire with numb fingers. Wear socks like mittens to prevent frostbite and restore critical dexterity.

Get Water

Can’t find anything to drink? Fill a sock with mud or wet clay, or sop up dew, then wring out every drop of moisture into a cup or your mouth. You can also filter dirty water, removing sediment. (This makes the water more palatable, but doesn’t remove bacteria and other microorganisms).

Make a Deadman Anchor

In winter, it may be hard to secure a shelter against dangerously strong winds. Fill a sock with snow, tie your guyline to it, and bury it about a foot deep. Pack snow on top to create an anchor. This technique works well with sand, too.

Dress a Wound

Hopefully you have a spare clean sock for this. But if you need to control severe bleeding, you use what you have.

Improvise Traction

To prevent slipping on slick ice, pull a sock over the toe of your boot. The sock fibers adhere to ice, improving traction. (Wool is stickier than nylon and polyester materials.)

Carry Things

It’s a poor substitute for a  backpack, true, but if you need to transport food or other essentials, a sock will do in a pinch. Tie it to your belt.

Make a Hunting Weapon

Starving? Stuff a sock with stones to create a “nunchuk” for clubbing small game.

Process Acorns

These wild nuts can be an easy source of calories in a survival situation, but they contain tannic acid, which tastes terrible and will make you sick to your stomach. Fill a sock with crushed acorn nuts (remove shells), tie it off, and secure it in a creek. The flowing water will remove the acid in a few days. If you have a pot and plenty of fuel or firewood, you can speed this process by soaking the nuts in hot water (change the water several times).

This post was syndicated from Backpacker

183 Comments

Leave A Reply