Uses For Mylar Emergency Blankets
Without question one of the most diverse pieces of camping and survival gear is one that is rarely afforded the respect it deserves - the Mylar emergency blanket. The potential uses for Mylar emergency blankets is nearly limitless, they are dirt cheap to purchase, extremely light to carry and take up little space so why do so many outdoor types refuse to acknowledge their importance? Ignorance, plain and simple.
Mylar Emergency blankets are well known for their ability to reflect body heat in a big way, but consider some of these other ways emergency blankets can make an impact on any outdoor adventure:
Signal Device - The reflective qualities of Mylar emergency blankets make them perfect as a signal device in deep woods. Nothing found in nature looks anything like it and emergency blankets can be used in the same manner as a signal mirror, spread out flat on the ground or shredded and attached to a limb to create movement in the slightest breeze.
Insulation - Mylar emergency blankets work best when right up against human skin, so a blanket that has been cut into smaller pieces can be put inside clothing, shoes or a sleeping bag for added warmth.
Snow and Rain Protection - Emergency blankets can be used in the same manner as a tarp to keep rain and snow from the body in camp, and on the move can be fashioned into a poncho with the simple addition of a hole poked in the middle.
To Obtain Water and Process Food - Mylar emergency blankets can make a great catch for rain water, be used to help melt snow to drink and used to warm food if done carefully.
Improvised Sleeping Bag or Backpack - Stuffed with dry leaves and tied with cordage of any kind Mylar emergency blankets make a great giant pillow, and they can be easily fashioned into a horseshoe pack in a pinch.
There are tons of other imaginative ways to get the most out of an emergency blanket but the point is made here. Aside from a fire starting device there is perhaps nothing as useful and necessary as a Mylar emergency blanket on every outing, and given the ridiculously low price every person should carry at least 2 or 3.