I think Creek Stewart said it best: In the survivalist community we hear lots about carrying tampons to plug bullet holes. They actually have other uses. Following is a great article on the uses and because practice, practice, practice is a motto, I tried some of these uses (pictures included). I have highlighted some things in the article that I think are important. This is an article from Creek Stewart that was published on his Willowhaven site plus here- Yes, That’s a Tampon in My Mouth: The Swiss Army Survival Tampon — 10 Survival Uses | The Art of Manliness (Please note Art of Manliness is a great site for survival articles). Yes, That’s a Tampon in My Mouth: The Swiss Army Survival Tampon — 10 Survival Uses | The Art of Manliness Tampons as bandages. In the image in the article the tampon used looks huge. I rolled one out and here is the measurement I got- Tampons as tinder. Best stuff I have tried. Works amazing but it burns real fast. IMO if you are using this for tinder have leaves, twigs or needles on top because from my experience it burned almost too quick. I didn't even need to use the shavings from my fire starter. Tampons as a filter. Now this took some trial and error. What I learned- hold onto the string! Here are some images of filtering water. I put some dirt in a bottle, probably too much dirt but it worked. I had to filter the water twice thru the bottle and it gave me a murky water. Then I put all thoughts aside and tried it out as a filter/straw. It wasn't bad. It does work. It basically tasted like water sucked thru a cotton ball. I will continue to experiment and learn how to use tampons as survival tools. For these experiments I used super sized tampons. ** drinking water thru a tampon in front of your teen, the look on their face is priceless!