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30 Ways a Plastic Bag Can Save Your Life

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Motomom34, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    I have contractor bags in my BOB bag. They are nice and heavy that can be used as a poncho or help shelter you from a storm. Here is a list of 30 uses of plastic bags. Some I had never considered. But like most stuff, when living in a materialistic world we never really look at all the ways to use an item until we have to improvise.

    30 Important Ways a Plastic Bag Can Save Your Life

    Not sure if the plastic bag is the most valuable survival tool but after reading this list, it has moved into my top 5.
  2. GrayGhost

    GrayGhost Monkey

    They are handy, for sure. Nice find and thanks for sharing!
  3. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Having a good tape along with a bag ,can extend the reuse of the equipment for a while.
  4. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey++

    Now THIS is a great post! I have save the article to my computer for future use. I do have one question, @Motomom34 You said you , "I have contractor bags in my BOB." What in the world are 'contractor bags' and where do I get them?

    EDIT: Do you mean trash bags but didn't want to state a certain brand? Or, do you mean something heavier which I would be very interested in obtaining.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2016
  5. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

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  6. duane

    duane Monkey++

    While they are not really "trash" bags, there are lots of commercial plastic liners used in shipping liquid and powders that are very heavy and very useful. The used 225 gal wire containers with a bag inside them are very useful in a green house, cheap, store 2 high, last several years, the plastic that the lumber companies use to protect plywood and lumber is very heavy, last several years on a wood pile or many years as a pond liner. I have used the trash bags that are used like a dumpster to store mulch, soil, growing media, etc in my green house and they fold down for store and they have handles that will pick up quite a load. Use tractor bucket and forks on the sling handles. The contractor bags I have used were very heavy and designed for a 55 gal drum. Only problem with a lot of trash bags now is good and bad. They are designed to break down in the landfill or burn cleanly.
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  7. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd Site Supporter+

    I can't count how many times paper bags saved me from having to chew my arm off...or worse...when I was young and dumb and hornier than a longhorn bull. Of course the fact that I just wrote what I wrote indicates that I ain't gotten a whole lot smarter with age. Go ahead gals, beat me, hurt me, punish me...it'll tide me over till my next dental appointment.

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  8. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey Site Supporter+

    Contractor bags are also handy for stuffing what remains of the teenage male who made your daughter cry while you are in route to the nearest disposal site...
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  9. Shotgunpapa

    Shotgunpapa Monkey

    I knew a few of them now i know more. Thanks for sharing.
  10. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Speaking of plastic bags ,My son gave me several milk bags from boxes of milk use in the restaurant . they are double walled and capable of hitting the floor without damage good reusable lids as well .
    Some I have thoroughly washed out and filled with water and reboxed and put away.
    However my secondary plan is to make a mattress using them ,because usually air mattresses don't stand up very well, and having several working at once make it less likely to lose the whole thing.
    If you are camping they can be filled with water and used as a water bed or just for storing water for daily needs .
    If one has a means of a large bag like container or cargo netting , these can be used as floatation if necessary as a raft or making one's way across water, keeping their gear high and dry .
  11. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    I keep a partial roll of 6 mil (10 ft wide) clear plastic in the rig. Lots of uses. As for the bags, I carry the so-called Drum Liners.
    55 Gallon LDPE Drum Liner 37" x 56" x 4 Mil - oddly they are FDA 'approved'.
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  12. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    @DKR where do you get drum liners?
  13. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

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  14. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    I get then locally from an outfit that does hazmat clean up. I worked for a outfit (spent time with them in the old Soviet cleaning up oil spills.)

    Check locally for HAZMAT clean up supplies in YP.
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