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WISH-TV : IndyStyle : Creek Demonstrates 3 Ways a Tampon could SAVE your LIFE.

I was interviewed on the show IndyStyle yesterday on WISH-TV about my FAVORITE survival TOPIC – TAMPONS!  You’ll have to check out the interview in the link below:

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Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,

Creek Runs Creek’s Survival Tampon Article just picked up my SURVIVAL TAMPON article for an adventure series sponsored by DOCKERS.  I added a few more TAMPON SURVIVAL USES exclusively for AOM.  To see them, read the article here:

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,


Yes, that’s a Tampon in my mouth : The Swiss Army Survival Tampon : 7 Survival Uses

Do me a favor for the next 5 minutes.  Try to forget everything you know about a TAMPON.  I know, it’s hard.  But pretend that this is the first time you have ever seen or heard of the item below and it is a new survival product on the market: the Tactical Adventure Medical Preparedness Outdoors Necessity (T.A.M.P.O.N.)

All kidding aside, a TAMPON really does have a ton of uses to a survivor.  One could even argue to include a couple in your survival kit.  Ultimately, I’ll let you be the judge.

Before I get into the details of this post, a brief history of the tampon might surprise you.


The tampon is actually regulated in the US by the Food & Drug Administration as a Class II Medical Device.  The word ‘tampon’ is a derivative of the French word tampion which means “a piece of cloth to stop a hole”.  My research indicates that tampons were used as early as the 19th century as battle dressings to plug bullet holes.  It wasn’t until later that they were used as a feminine product.  There are even accounts of tampons being used as wound plugs in modern warfare.   A friend of mine told me that it’s not uncommon for Army Medics to carry tampons in their med kits.  Tampons are sterile and come very well packaged in their own water proof container.  This only adds to their survival utility.

I’ve high-lighted a few survival uses below:

TAMPON Survival Use # 1: Medical Bandage

Not only are these little tactical bandages packaged in a waterproof sleeve, but they are designed to be ultra absorbent – making them the perfect first aid bandage.  They can be taped or tied over a wound as an improvised dressing.  And, as I’ve already mentioned, they can be used to plug a bullet hole until more detailed medical attention can be administered.  Accounts of this use date back to World War I.  Many items in modern society were first developed as a facet of military research – tampons being a prime example.  The internet being another.  The list goes on and on.

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TAMPON Survival Use # 2: Crude Water Filter

Another excellent tampon survival use is as a Crude Water Filter.  While it will not filter out biological, chemical or heavy metal threats, it can certainly be used to filter out sediments and floating particulates.  This would be considered a 1st Phase Filter and can drastically increase the life and efficacy of your main water filter.  You can also use a filter like this before boiling to filter out larger particulates.  In this example, I’ve pushed a tampon into the neck of an empty water bottle.  I poked a small hole in the cap and then poured in dirty water to filter through the tampon and into the container below.

The water dripped out nearly crystal clear.


TAMPON Survival Use # 3: Fire Tinder

Nearly everyone knows that cotton makes an excellent fire tinder.  When the dry cotton fibers of a tampon are pulled apart and hit with a spark or flame it will burst into a nice steady fire.  If you’ve done the right amount of fire prep-work you can easily split 1 tampon into 3 or 4 fire starting tinder bundles.  Add in some chap-stick or petroleum jelly and you’ve got an even better fire starting tinder.


TAMPON Survival Use # 4: Crude Survival Straw Filter

Yes, I have a tampon in my mouth – don’t laugh.  As a last ditch water filter, you can make an improvised Survival Straw from the plastic housing and cotton from a tampon.  As you can see in the photos below, just tear off a bit of the cotton and stuff it into the plastic housing.  I find it better to leave a little bit sticking out to make the housing pieces wedge tightly together.

Again, this filter will not PURIFY your water by removing biological, chemical or heavy metal threats but it will filter out sediments and particulates.  This would be a last ditch effort if no methods of water purification were available.


TAMPON Survival use # 5: Wick for Improvised Candle

In the photo above I used the string on a tampon as a wick in an improvised candle which I made from rendered animal fat and a fresh water mussel shell I found down by the creek at Willow Haven.  After the string soaked up some of the fat, this candle burned solid for 20 minutes while I took the photos and still had plenty of wick left.  Pine sap would have also worked as a fuel.


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TAMPON Survival Use # 6: Cordage

The string attached to a tampon is a cotton twisted cord typically made up of several 4-6″ pieces of twine.  Though it’s not much, it is usable cordage.  This amount of cordage could easily be used to make a Paiute Deadfall Trap.


I’m sure there are also numerous other uses for small amounts of quality cordage.  For example, I also use this cordage in the next Survival Use below…


TAMPON Survival Use # 7: Blow Dart Fletching

The Blow Gun certainly has it’s place in survival history.  From Native Americans to tribes in New Guinea, the Blow Gun and primitive darts have put food on the table for 1000s of years.  They are silent and deadly hunting tools – especially for small game.  Oftentimes, especially here in the US, natural cotton was used as Blow Dart Fletching.  Thus, the cotton from a Tampon is a perfect candidate to make cotton fletched blow darts.  I used the string on the tampon to lash it into place on this bamboo skewer.

Watch out BIRDS & LIZARDS – you may get shot by a tampon fletched blow dart!  For a great article about how to make natural cotton fletched blow darts check out this page:



So what did you decide?  In the kit or not in the kit?  The only part of the tampon that I didn’t mention was the wrapper/packaging.  What uses can you think of for it?  Or, are there more uses that I didn’t mention….?  Below are a couple shots of the wrapper.


If nothing else, this post is another lesson in the importance of looking at every day products through the eyes of a survivalist.  Creativity and innovation are critical.

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,



PS –  Was talking to another friend of mine yesterday, Bill Szabo, who happens to be a medic in the National Guard.  He also confirmed that it’s common practice to include tampons in military field medic bags and confirmed that he has 2 in his medic kit for emergency use.

12 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed in Your Bug Out Bag

Since hosting my free LIVE webinar titled 12 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed in Your Bug Out Bag, I continue to receive emails asking if the webinar was recorded.  The answer is YES – I recorded the Free Webinar and have made it available by clicking the video screenshot below.  It’s absolutely FREE to watch and can be played at any time. 

I will also keep you posted about my upcoming webinar series (that is also FREE) titled The ABCs of BOBs where I cover all of the categories of a Bug Out Bag in detail.  At the end of this 4 part webinar series, you will know everything there is to know about Bug Out Bags, what should go in them, how to reduce weight, and so much more.  I will be covering the backpack choice, shelter, water, fire, food, first aid, tools and self defense.  It will be a fantastic series so stay tuned for more information.  Did I mention it’s FREE!

Many people also asked for a typed list of the 12 items I covered in the webinar.  Below is a list and photo series for reference.  Enjoy!

12 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed in Your Bug Out Bag along with descriptions below:

Multi-Functional Pry Bar
The uses for a small metal pry bar are limitless.  From digging holes to prying windows and rafters, these have more functions than I could ever list, both in the woods and in the city.  The larger one is a Stanley brand and is only a few dollars at a local hardware store and is the one I’ve packed in my personal bag.

Universal Faucet Converter
This is originally designed to convert a faucet to a shower head.  However, it has many more survival applications.  If you’ve ever tried to fill your canteen (or any bottle) is a public restroom or sink faucet, you know it can be nearly impossible to do.  The rubber slip-on gasket on this little unit makes filling from any faucet a breeze.  The hose can even to used to fill larger water containers as well.

Reflective Insulation Barrier
In a Bug Out Bag where space is limited, a sleeping pad is oftentimes a luxury.  However, a really decent sleeping pad can be cut from a roll of double reflective insulation.  It’s kind of like a heavy duty bubble wrap layered between two emergency blankets.  I spent only $20 on a 2 foot x 25 foot roll which will easily make enough sleeping pads for a family of 5.  They aren’t going to last forever but for those limited on space and money, this sure makes a great little ground pad.

DIY Blister Kit using Leukotape
Unless you’re hiking with your Bug Out Bag on a regular basis, I can almost guarantee you’re going to get blisters if you have to hike with it in a disaster for more than about 5 miles.  When it comes to blisters, this German made Leukotape is the bomb dot com. If you’ve used band-aids, moleskin or duct tape in the past then you already know they don’t hold up if your feet start to sweat or if they get wet.  Leukotape is designed TO STICK TO SKIN and will stay on for weeks – EVEN if your feet sweat or get wet.  Simply cover the blister or hot spot with a small piece of cut gauze and then place a piece of tape over it to protect the hot spot area.  This is the best blister prevention and treatment tape I’ve ever used.

Sillcock Key
This handy little wrench, available at any big box hardware store, is designed specifically to turn on/off the outside water spigots located on commercial buildings, stores and restaurants.  If you’ve ever noticed, these commercial establishments don’t have the easy turn knobs that most residential homes do.  This little wrench has 4 different sizes to fit the various spigots out there.  I’m certainly not encouraging theft, but I can’t imagine anyone would mind if you filled up your canteen during a disaster scenario.

SAM Splint, ACE Wrap Bandage, Cravat
It was a humbling day when I asked my very good friend, who happens to be the most decorated wilderness medic I know, what items should be in a Bug Out First Aid Kit (FAK).  Of the 4 he mentioned, I only had 1 of them (a tourniquet).  The other three I’m suggesting to you.  The SAM Splint is a flexible splint that can effectively splint every bone in the human body.  The ACE Wrap bandage is an elastic wrap that helps to put pressure on severe bleeding to help clotting process.  The Cravat is a large triangular shaped piece of fabric that has many uses.  Among them are a sling and ties for improvised splinting.

Skivvy Roll
A great way to save space in your BOB is a packing trick called a Skivvy Roll (watch the video above for a good demo of this).  For a 3-Day Bug Out scenario, you’ll only probably need a fresh set of underwear, undershirt and socks.  If you lay these out like shown in the photo above and roll them down tight, open ends of the socks can be pulled over each end to make a nice compact little tube.  This can even be stored in a zip-lock back to keep it waterproof.

A mirror is an absolute necessity for any BOB first aid kit.  Especially if by yourself, a mirror helps to deal with issues on the face or in areas you can’t see on yourself (especially eyes).  One of these “mechanics mirrors” with an expandable handle gives more flexibility when trying to see on your back, etc, or even around corners, discretely.

Tea Tree Oil
This tip comes from a friend of mine who recommended it for tick season.  When a drop of Tea Tree Oil is placed on an embedded tick, the tick will back away and release by itself rather than you having to clasp it with tweezers and squeeze its guts into your skin.  With all of the tick-borne illnesses these days, any help with ticks is a good thing.

Tampon Fire Rockets
I purchased these tampons at a health food store (EarthFare) and they are 100% cotton.  Before being unwrapped they are about 2″ long and are smaller than a cotton ball.  (BE SURE TO WATCH THE DEMO OF THIS SKILL IN MY VIDEO ABOVE) When opened up and frayed apart they are about 15 times the size of a cotton ball.  As you can see in the photo, an incredible firestarter can be made by sharpening the end of a wooden match and shoving it into the flat end of the tampon.  Then, the entire thing is dipped in wax until completely saturated and coated for waterproofing.  When ready to use, simply break away the wax from the match head, fray out the cotton fibers and strike the match.  I glued a striking pad on the inside of the tin where I store the fire rockets.  These will burn anywhere from 15-30 minutes.  They are incredible all weather fire starters.

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,

Baseball Bat Weapon Modifications: 6 Zombie Destroying Baseball Bats

NOTE:  These weapons are flat out dangerous and designed for entertainment purposes only.  Recreate at your own risk.

I’ve just finished a several week writing project that required way too much cerebral effort.  Quite frankly, my brain hurts.  After being trapped in front of a computer that long I normally feel like just going outside and blowing something up or burning through 1000 rounds of ammo as fast as humanly possible into my burning barrel.  Not this time though.  This time I fought the urge to be destructive and instead decided to do something constructive with my time, skills and energy.  Something that would make the world a better place.  Something, I decided, that would make my Mom and Dad proud.

So…I modified 6 baseball bats into Zombie killing death weapons.

If you’re the type of person that takes survival articles a little too seriously then you may want to skip this one because I’ll be the first to admit that it is absolutely ridiculous.  Sadly, though, I think I had more fun writing (and making) this post than about any other I’ve ever done – yes even more than the Ultimate Survival Shot Gun and The Swiss Army Survival Tampon.  Not sure what that says about me but it’s the truth.

So you wanna turn your Louisville Slugger into a weapon against the walking dead?  Below are 6 ideas to get you started.



I really wanted to make a version of the rusty spiked bat that everyone thinks of when they allow themselves to wonder about such things.  However, I wanted it to be different than anything I’d ever seen before.  What better way to make it different than to mount a machete to the end?  So that’s what I did.  A 12″ machete blade is bolted right into the end of the bat.  But that’s not it.  Just in case the machete blade doesn’t do the trick, eight massive steel spikes shroud the base for some extra collateral damage.  I topped it off with a cobra weave wrist lanyard because I don’t want an aggressive zombie running off with my bat just in case it gets stuck.  Batter up!







I call this one Tina for short.  Concertina wire, or popularly called razor wire, is some nasty stuff.  It’s like barbed wire except instead of barbs it’s lined with razors.  Typically reserved for warfare and to line the perimeter of maximum security prisons, I figured a nice nest of this stuff fence stapled around a baseball bat would be a pretty formidable zombie face smasher.  Geez, I cut my hands up wearing leather welding gloves just wrapping this ‘death wire’ around the bat.  I understand first hand why this stuff has such a bad reputation.  I remember watching prison break movies thinking, “I bet I could crawl over that razor wire.”  Well let me tell you, there ain’t no freakin’ way you’re crawling over this stuff.  Concertina wire was birthed in warfare and it gives off that eerie feeling when you look at and handle it.  If plants grow in hell I imagine they look like this stuff.  “Hey, zombie, I want you to meet someone.  Her name’s ‘Tina.”



The Flail


Oooouch!  With it’s roots in the Middle Ages, the Flail is absolutely barbaric.  I cut the last 6″ off a normal bat, connected it to a steel chain and then studded it with archery field target points.  This thing hurts just holding it in your hand.  These target points actually screw into studs that I mounted into the wood.  You could theoretically replace all of these field points with razor broad-heads if you wanted a spiked razor bat but the idea is to be able to replace damaged spikes ‘on-the-fly’ with a pocket full of extra points.  The spiral wrap paracord handle gives plenty of grip when the G’s from spinning try to rip it out of your hand.  The amount of momentum generated with just a couple rotations of the 5 pound spiked head is terrifying.  I think this weapon could actually elicit FEAR in ZOMBIES.  That’s how scary this thing is once it gets-a-spinnin’.  Home Run every time – guaranteed!






Look what you can do with a few busted bottles, some Liquid Nails adhesive, a L-ville Slugger and some demented creativity!  I should call this bat THE SHREDDER because that is what it would do to a zombie’s head, neck, face and chest with just one whack.  It’s a beautiful bat actually.  When the sun flickers through the colored glass it almost looks artistic and maybe a little magical.  I think the real magic of this bat, though, is it’s ability to make a zombie’s head completely disappear!



The Scorpion


This 4 sectioned bat gets ’em going and coming.  The middle two sections are studded with razor sharp steel spikes.  These are for gripping and ripping.  I’ve mounted a custom piece of weaponry to the end of the ‘scorpion’s tail’.  I took the pick from an ice ax and mounted it to a custom made steel spike.  This then gets bolted through the bat – a deep penetrating spike on one side and a jagged ice ax head on the other – no venom necessary!  This piece is best used as a whip – similar to how a scorpion whips it’s tail into prey.  The SPIKE and YANK motion is sure to do the trick on any approaching zombie.




Silent Night Sucka’


I thought this triple deckered beauty resembled a Christmas tree when I first held it up so I’ve lovingly dubbed it Silent Night.  I thought that was an appropriate name seeing that’s exactly what will happen if you clock a zombie with it.  Silent Night Sucker.  Nothing like a good game of zombie tee-ball.  A spiral wrap paracord handle gives plenty of grip because I imagine this thing would get covered in zombie muck pretty quick.  The three circular saw blades are razor sharp and I can’t even imagine the damage they could inflict if swung with proper form.  Heck, forget form, it wouldn’t matter – just swing it any old way you want.  “Swing away, Merrill.  Merrill, swing away.”





See, I told you I wanted to do something constructive and I’m positive the world is a better place now having seen these zombie death bats.  Whether or not my parents are proud is still to be determined…

What would your zombie death bat look like?  Have a great week!

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,


PS-  Several of these bats required some woodworking cuts, drilling and notches beyond my pay grade and skill level. I’d like to give a special THANK YOU to my Uncle Jerry who helped make the vision for some of these Zombie Death Bats a reality.


Segment Ideas

Segment Idea # 1:  How 5 Random Everyday Items Could Save Your Life

(** Creek also does a great SEGMENT about the SURVIVAL USES FOR A TAMPON!!!!!!  Here’s that link if you want to see:

5 everyday items that could save your life

Segment Idea # 2:  How To Build a Primitive Survival Shelter – LIVE

How and why to build a Debris Hut

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DIY: Make a Romantic Bacon Scented Survival Candle

Hey all of you bacon fanatics, did you know you can enjoy your bacon even after the meal is over?  That’s right!  Keep reading for a quick tutorial on how to make a Bacon Grease Survival Candle.

When you fry bacon, the resulting grease is nothing more than rendered pork fat.  A common word for rendered animal fat is ‘TALLOW”.  The word LARD is most often used for rendered pig fat.  Tallow can be used for all kinds of things, including a wax-like fuel for homemade candles.  Tallow can also be used for making pemmican, as a waterproofing agent and also as a lubricant.  It also makes an excellent bait for attracting animals.

After you’ve fried a big skillet of bacon, pour the grease into a jar.  You can filter it if you want but I’ve found it works just as well unfiltered.  The little bacon bits aren’t going to hurt anything.

BE CAREFUL!  Hot bacon grease will burn you – so take it easy.  As the bacon grease cools it will solidify.  Before it goes solid you will want to drop in a natural fiber wick.  I use cotton twine for all of my wicks, but a little strip of cotton t-shirt will work equally as well.  Got a mop?  Mop heads are typically made of cotton fibers and make perfect wicks.  You can pick up a replacement mop head at the dollar store for $1 and have all the wicks you’ll ever need.  I had a bunch of tampon strings left over from my SURVIVAL TAMPON post so I just used one of those for this candle :).

I used a tooth pick to suspend the wick in the bacon grease until it turned solid.  5 minutes in the fridge and it’s ready to go, otherwise you’re looking at a half hour or so.

THAT’S IT!  It’s really that easy.


Now, just sit back with your favorite book and enjoy the subtle faint aroma of the best smell on Earth – BACON!


In a wilderness survival scenario you can easily make a camp candle using a mussel shell or make-shift clay bowl.

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,



11 Ways A Condom Can Save Your Life: Multi-functional survival uses for a CONDOM.

I’ve just come out of hibernation from writing another survival book (details to come soon).  I really need a fun ‘creative’ and not too serious survival project.  I figure since my SURVIVAL TAMPON post went over so well (did you know I was featured on the OFFICIAL TAMPAX FACEBOOK PAGE – my Mom was so proud) I would keep this project in the same spirit.  Hope you enjoy.

Including CONDOMS in survival kits is not a new idea.  People have been packing them in mini survival kits for as long as I can remember – using them primarily as an expandable WATER CONTAINER.  Don’t worry, I’ll get into details later.  While a little taboo, I’ll ask that you set aside any preconceived notions you might have about condoms.  In this post, I’ll argue that as far as  multi-functional survival uses are concerned, the condom offers an incredible BANG for your buck.  Sorry – I couldn’t resist.

I’ll break down the many uses within each CORE SURVIVAL CATEGORY.


As I’ve mentioned, including condoms in survival kits is not a new idea.  They make amazing compact water containers that can hold as much as 2 liters of water if handled properly.  They are, after all, designed to be water tight.  The elasticity of latex condoms is SHOCKING.

These little suckers will stretch to sizes that will surprise you.  Check out how big this one got?

However, while it excels in elasticity, it lacks in durability.  The thin latex walls are very susceptible to sharp objects and puncture.  Especially when filled with water, the slightest prick (even from a blade of grass) will split it open almost instantly.  Then, you’ve lost your water AND your container.  No fear – there is a strategy for carrying water in a condom.  The easiest I’ve found it to take off your sock and fill the condom inside of your sock.  Not only does the sock provide stability but it also provides protection.  It still needs to be coddled like a little baby but it’s not AS delicate.  Other options are to wrap it in a t-shirt and even fill it inside a backpack or helmet.  It helps to stretch the condom a little bit first – kind of like you do when getting ready to blow up a balloon. Condom balloon animals anyone?

A Condom is easier to fill when water is falling into it versus just sweeping it through the water.  In nature, if you can find a little water fall or fast moving water it will make your life a lot easier.  Tie the mouth of the condom off around a stick about the diameter of your thumb.  This way, you can fairly easily untie it.  Just knotting it off with no stick makes it very difficult to open back up again.  You may need to use it over and over again so don’t rush it.

We sell NON-LUBRICATED Survival Kit Condoms in the Willow Haven E-Store.  Here’s the link to order:

Just because you’ve collected and contained water doesn’t mean it’s OK to drink.  Once your condom is full, you must now consider purification options.  Boiling is not an option unless you have a metal container.  But, maybe you have a metal container and you’re just using the the condom to transport MORE water from point A to point B.  If so, great.  If not, you can purify the water chemically with Iodine, Bleach (Chlorine) or store bought water purification tablets.  Learn how to purify water with bleach in this POST I WROTE HERE. If you are packing condoms in a small survival kit, be sure to include a handful of purification tablets for a complete water purification system.  Need some great water purification tablets?  I sell some HERE for only $7.98.  Stocking stuffer anyone?  I can see it now, a box of condoms and some water purification tabs sticking out of a Christmas stocking.  There’s something just not right about that picture.

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The most obvious way to use a condom to aid in survival fire is to protect DRY fire tinder.  Just because the weather is great NOW doesn’t mean it’s going to stay that way.  Finding dry fire tinder in wet and rainy conditions can be very difficult.  Protecting dry fire tinder during inclement weather is very easy – when you have a condom.  Simply stuff the condom with your best tinder and tuck it away for a rainy day.  No rocket science here.

One condom  even protects this entire bracket fungus – which contains a load of excellent natural tinder.

The condom ITSELF also makes excellent fire tinder.  With an open flame such as a match or cigarette lighter, a latex condom will ignite almost instantaneously and burn furiously for several minutes – allowing you plenty of time to build your fire.  Below is a quick video I shot to demonstrate how well a latex condom burns:

But what if you don’t have an ignition source?  Fire requires 3 elements: IGNITION SOURCE (HEAT), FUEL and OXYGEN.  If you don’t have matches or a ferro rod, then I guess you can fill the condom with water and use it as a magnifying glass on a sunny day like this guy did:


Anyone ever tried this?  It’s fall here in Indiana and the sun isn’t hot enough this time of year to make it work but you can guarantee next summer I’ll try it.  But, I’m not going to let NO SUN stop me from getting a fire by using a condom so I resorted to a more primitive method – the thumb loop hand drill.  The hand drill is probably the hardest of all primitive fire starting methods.  Without practice, it can be very difficult to get the right combination of pressure and spindle speed to generate enough heat to create an ember.  However, thumb loops really help facilitate this process.  Thumb loops allow the user to apply more pressure on the spindle and also spin their hands in pretty much one place.  Below is a video of how I used condom thumb loops to help generate a coal with a hand drill set.

I also used a handful of condoms as a engine for a traditional Bow Drill Fire Set.  Notice in the video below that the condom engine replaces the typical BOW in BOW Drill.  I call this  the CONDOM DRILL FIRE by FRICTION SET:



Any other ways you can think of to start a fire using a condom?

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Seriously, how can a condom provide you with survival food?  In more ways than you might think actually…

I’m a huge fan of sling shots.  I’ve been working on a small game hunting post featuring sling shots for several months and this was the perfect opportunity to test out an idea I had – the Condom Small Game Hunter Sling Shot.  Sounds funny, right?  Condoms aren’t that much different from the latex bands that come stock with most small game hunting sling shots.  Remember, your ability to improvise is your most valuable survival skill!

I started my build with a natural tree fork.

After a little detailing and carving I ended up with a nice little pocket sized Sling Shot Frame.


Next, I used 3 condoms on each fork to provide the force necessary to kill small game.  I put the condoms inside each other with a little wad of cattail fuzz at the bottom and used duct tape to hold each condom band on the frame.  The wad of cattail fuzz prevents the condoms from pulling out of the duct tape.

I decided rather than launch imperfect rocks with a leather pouch, I would use a loop of bank line as a anchor point to nock a hand-carved mini dart.  I wrapped the other end of the condoms around the loop of bank line and again duct taped it in place.

Below is a maple branch I used to carve some of the mini dart projectiles.

As you can see, some of the darts are tipped with a Honey Locust thorn using Pine Pitch.  It’s not necessary, but I’m really digging how deadly these darts look, aren’t you?  To see how I make an all natural Pine Pitch Glue, read THIS POST.

Those are some sick looking little arrows aren’t they?  I know what you’re thinking.  Cool looking sling-shot, but there’s no way you can actually kill small game with it in a survival scenario.  Oh, ye of little faith.

In the 1 minute video below, you can see the condom sling shot in action.



Worse case scenario, a condom can be used as a crude rubber glove while dealing with any first aid related issues.  It will protect the wound from your nasty hands as well as protect you from the wound if you’re dealing with someone else.




Protect Your Muzzel

I’ve heard 1st hand accounts from soldiers who’ve attended courses at Willow Haven that they used condoms to protect their rifles while serving in the Middle East.  They would cover the muzzle of their rifle to prevent sand/mud/water from getting inside – very simple and effective.

Fishing Bobber

While there are many natural options for a fishing bobber, a make-shift condom bobber is pretty darn effective.  I’ve found that rather than just tying off an air bubble in the condom, it works a little better if you stuff in some cattail fluff (called ‘cattail down’) instead.  Cattail down is naturally buoyant and also water-resistant so it’s the perfect bobber filling.  Did you know that life-jackets used to be filled with cattail down before synthetic materials were invented?  You may need to know that if you ever want to construct a survival life-jacket!  The cattail down adds a little weight to prevent your bobber from just blowing around in the wind.


Anyone ever seen CAST AWAY with Tom Hanks?  Remember his little buddy WILSON?  I’ve got a survival companion too.  I just call him Lil’ Cody.  He debuted in the sling shot video above when I put a mini-arrow through his face.  He’ll keep you company when you are alone, starving and freezing in the woods while trying to make a Condom Sling Shot.

I have to say, I did feel a little pressure to perform when he was watching me carve out the Condom Hand Drill set below. I always do better in front of an audience anyway.  I think there’s something to this “WILSON” idea.


Ok, so what did I miss?  What other survival uses for a condom can YOU think of?  And, what’s NEXT?  What is another product we can brainstorm for survival functions?

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