What Single Item has the Most Uses?

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Joe13, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. Joe13

    Joe13 Monkey

    This isn't a top ten or this would be the one thing I would take if I could only take one thread.

    Instead, I always like to keep things in my bag that have many uses. I like as many options as possible without taking everything and the kitchen sink with me - ounces make pounds and such.

    Now a knife is insanely useful and and absolute (in my mind) but it's "uses" are mostly restricted to cutting, so single use in my mind (maybe you could add as a fero striker if it's high carbon).

    I'm thinking a good neckerchief or bandana has 'many' uses.

    Head cover.
    Dust mask.
    Water filter.
    TP.... In a pinch, ew.
    Lashing or securing items.
    Fire tinder or char cloth.
    Bandage for cuts.

    And I know there are many other uses - I have seen large lists before but those were just a handful I could think of fast.

    What are some of your best Multi-Use items and why?
    Taku, GOG, Motomom34 and 1 other person like this.
  2. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    Flat Blade Screw Driver about 6'' long shaft.
    Taku and Joe13 like this.
  3. svjoe

    svjoe Angry Monkey

    This goes with me everywhere, for obvious reasons!

    Taku, Joe13 and Ura-Ki like this.
  4. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

    Black tape. [afro]
    Ganado, Ura-Ki and Joe13 like this.
  5. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Quack Tape...
    VisuTrac, Ura-Ki and Joe13 like this.
  6. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    Duct Tape Matters!
    Taku, Ganado, Ura-Ki and 1 other person like this.
  7. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    Wool Blanket if knife is out. Bandana perks, plus warmth, shelter, and clothing.
    Brokor, Ura-Ki and Joe13 like this.
  8. marlas1too

    marlas1too Monkey+++

    can opener
  9. Oltymer

    Oltymer Monkey++

    I second the bandana. My daily carry regardless of where on the planet I have been for the past 55+ years has been a pocket knife & bandana. Weighted down with 120 lbs. of gear or butt naked with the bandana serving as a bag to carry my pocket knife, they are both with me at all times. I once saw a broken tie rod on a car patched with a bandana well enough to get it out of the woods a couple of miles back to a road and garage. Also a bandana makes a dandy sap with a nice weight in it, like a medium sized rock or multi-tool - KAPOP!! Too many uses to even begin to list.
    Taku, GOG, Ura-Ki and 1 other person like this.
  10. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    "The F Word"
    [grlft][IHI] [LMAO][winkthumb][woot][touchdown][finger][peep][lolol]
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2016
    Ganado likes this.
  11. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    Duct tape or 550 cord.
    Joe13 likes this.
  12. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    You need it to live.
    can float a boat in it.
    you can catch fish in it.
    you can protect yourself with it as in a moat or island in a swamp.
    it can be used to put out fires.
    you can use it in food preparation (current consumption or canning)
    you can use it for cleaning clothes and surfaces
    you can use it to trap large animals making them slower and easier to kill.
    needed to grow fruit and veg and livestock.
    good for flushing out wounds.
    great method for cooling off

    yep. it's water.
    Joe13 and BTPost like this.
  13. Olympic mountain man

    Olympic mountain man just a lonely cook

    LOL you know my answer
    Joe13 likes this.
  14. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    I've always got my john wayne on the key chain ,,,,P-38
  15. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    My Mora knife. Small and very useful. Cut things, whittle, make cordage, stab things. I think it make reflect.
    Joe13 likes this.
  16. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    What single item in my preps has the most uses..... my Brain.
    The training I received, the knowledge received from reading, practicing and doing many task's. The lessons learned from errors and success's and so on, have taught me several lessons that will never be forgotten.
    Our mind is the most powerful tool in the toolbox, feed it with knowledge, training and experience!!!!
    VisuTrac, Joe13 and Mountainman like this.
  17. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Joe13 likes this.
  18. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    your mind....
    Joe13 and Taku like this.
  19. oldman11

    oldman11 Monkey+++

    The kitchen match,
    Drying clothes
    Preserving food
    Working metal into something useful
    As a weapon
    Taking a hot bath
    And the list goes on
    Taku, Joe13 and Meat like this.
  20. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Joe13 likes this.
  1. Motomom34
  2. Motomom34
  3. Ganado
  4. Shinzo
  5. Motomom34
  6. Motomom34
  7. Motomom34
  8. Ganado
  9. Motomom34
  10. Motomom34
  11. Motomom34
  12. Motomom34
  13. Witch Doctor 01
  14. Motomom34
  15. Pax Mentis
  16. Motomom34
  17. Motomom34
  18. Motomom34
  19. Ganado
  20. Motomom34
survivalmonkey SSL seal        survivalmonkey.com warrant canary