Though great for preventing flood waters from damaging your home, these Indonesia-made MIL-SPEC sandbags constructed of heavy-gauge polyethylene plastic have many more uses.
Each package includes 25 OD green bags that have double stitching at the bottom and top. Each bag has a hole punched through the top of the bag with a 27-inch long plastic string. Laid out flat and unfilled, the bags are 26 inches long and 15 inches wide. They hold 40 pounds of sand when filled. Don’t forget to pack these along with a shovel, duct tape and a knife in your bug out kit!
Here’s my list of 30 survival uses for sandbags:
- Shelter or bunker
- Blanket—cut up and sew or taped back together to create one large sheet
- Collect water or water filtration
- Gather food, water and supplies
- Carry supplies, gear or food
- Trash or waste bag
- Use as kindling or tinder to start a fire
- Take out the string to make tripwire
- Take out the string to make fishing line
- Game trap
- Long-term food—rice, grains, wheat, flour—storage
- Fill and use as weights to work out
- Stop a flood
- Fill with sand for protection or fortification from gun fire
- Patches for tents and tarps
- Cover windows
- Use for signaling
- Rip up and use as trail markers
- Toiletries or personal hygiene bag
- Hold dirty or wet laundry
- Emergency toilet or sanitation bag
- Ice pack or cold compress for injuries
- Makeshift poncho or boot cover
- Build a house
- Pillow or mattress
- Temporary tourniquet or bandage
- Shooting rest
- Use to give stuck vehicles traction
What other survival uses of sandbags can you think of? Tell me in the comment section.
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