8 Survival Uses For Ziplocs You’ve Probably Never Thought Of

survival uses for ziplocs

There’s a ton of survival uses for ziplocs that are just waiting for you to discover.

Most people relate these storage bags with bagging up fresh watermelon, or the leftover ingredients from Tuesday’s dinner. However, these bags are so much more than that.

Part of the beauty of these bags is they’re reusable, disposable, and cheap. They also come in a variety of sizes, which helps depending on your needs. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to store, and weigh next to nothing (so they won’t weigh down your bug out bag).

Ziploc bags will also be your best friend in an SHTF event, so long as you remember to use them. Store a few in your bug out bag now while you’re thinking about it so you don’t forget!

You’ll be amazed to learn all about these…

8 Survival Uses For Ziplocs You’ve Probably Never Thought Of

1  – Start A Fire

Few preppers know that you can start a fire with a sandwich-size ziploc bag! Watch the video to learn all about how to put this plan in action.

2 – Fight Off Disease

There will be times where you may need to remove trash or waste, or take care of someone who has an open wound. In all these cases, it is best to be wearing gloves to prevent the spread of infection and disease. Simply place the ziploc bag over your hand. If there’s too much extra room at the top, you can seal it around your arm.

3 – Grow A Garden

Very few preppers know this, but you can actually use a ziploc bag to create a mini greenhouse for your seedlings. By enclosing the bag around the seedlings, the environment will be warm for growing, and the condensation will help prevent water loss.

4 – Keep Electronics Dry

These bags are a godsend when it comes to rainy situations. Simply store your phone, USB cords, and other electronic devices in a ziploc bag. Seal it tightly, and you’re good to go! If you accidentally drop the bag in the mud, never fear – the bag will protect them.

5 – Funnel

Funnels are efficient for all sorts of tasks, such as transferring liquid and filtering water. Luckily, you can make your own out of a ziploc bag!

Simply puncture a hole in the bottom, and pour the liquid inside. Make sure not to make the hole too big if you’re filtering water so that large debris can’t get through.

6 – Collect Water

Dehydration is a killer in an emergency situation. Thankfully, you can keep it at bay by using ziploc bags to collect water! One way to do this is to set something heavy into the bag, and keep it open as rain falls into the bag.

Another way is to tie small bags around the ends of tree branches. Not only will this capture rain as it falls from the leaves, but it can also capture the condensation from the leaves in the sun, and drip it into the bag.

Here’s a video to show you what I’m talking about.

7 – Warm Up The Water

If you collect some cold water, but need to warm it up (say, to take a shower) ziploc bags can help you in a pinch. Transport the water into the plastic bags, and then place them in the sun. The sun’s rays will warm up the bag, as well as the water inside it.

8 – Cover The Wound

You can use ziploc bags to cover an open wound to help prevent infection. Tape the bag over the hole, while wearing ziploc gloves (like in #2).