Ten Nifty Gear Tips
Text & Photo by Nancy Anisfield
If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck… it might not necessarily be a duck. These ten nifty gear tips take basic items and use them for something other than their original purpose.
BEE STING RELIEF
Tape or Band-Aid a moistened aspirin over the sting.
In an emergency, dental floss can be used to stitch wounds closed.
Slide a wood sock over the toes of your boots; the wool fibers will be sticky on smooth ice.
Saturate a sponge and freeze it in a plastic zip-closure bag. As it melts, it won’t be drippy like a bag of just frozen water would be.
If you don’t like getting your knuckles singed lighting a fire or burned-in candle, light a piece of spaghetti and use that on the tinder or wick.
Your choice: the wax covering from a small packaged cheese like Bonbel (kneaded into a ball) or a stick of lip balm. Wrap either with toilet paper or stick some dry tinder to it, then light.
Put some baking soda in a the center of a couple of coffee filters, cinch with a rubber band to make a little pouch, then drop one in each boot when you’re not wearing them.
Cut a 6-inch rubber ball in half. It will fit nicely in your game vest or day pack for use in the field if your dog doesn’t like to drink out of squirt bottles.
TOURNIQUET, LEASH OR MUZZLE
A shoelace – easy enough!
Standard power-cord plugs work well as medium or large-sized screwdrivers.