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Sock use #8: Devise things for your first aid needs.
More creative uses of a sock for first aid include:

  • An improvised bandage! As a field dressing, a sock may
    be just what you need to improvise with what you have to
    help apply pressure to a wound and stop it from bleeding.

  • A cold compress. Fling an ice pack into a sock and it
    becomes a cold compress to soothe sore muscles. The sock
    will not only help absorb the excess moisture, but help you
    get at hard to reach places, such as around the shoulders.

  • A few tips on foot care and socks... Always have extra
    socks in your bugout bag and remember these tips...

  • When crossing streams... Take off your socks! Keep your
    boots on to help you maintain traction and avoid injury.

  • To avoid Trench foot... In the trenches, soldiers of World
    War II were taught to keep feet dry and clean. It hadn't
    previously occurred to the military that the continual water
    and dirt caused such a severe problems as did sweaty feet.
    Trench foot is the disease that happens when a traveler
    crosses many streams with dry ground in between. Socks
    never get the chance to dry. Feet become white and
    wrinkled. Chafing then ensues making walking painful.
    Frostbite and trench foot during the Battle of the Bulge
    disabled more soldiers than the enemy did!

    Here are more tips for avoiding Trench Foot:
  • Dust powder (and change socks frequently)
  • Dry feet by night.
  • Dry boots by the fire.
  • Long treks by day, stop and care for feet
  • Don't store socks in shoes by night.
  • Never sleep in wet clothes

Sock use #9: Economic survival.
In economically challenging times, you can give new life to old
things. Here are some ideas to give a new use to an old sock:

  • Make a pet toy. During the Great Depression people made
    do with what they had or simply did without. Why not
    make do and make your pet a toy from an old sock instead
    of spending $10 on a fancy squeak toy? Dogs will have just
    as much fun playing fetch with a stuffed sock, and your
    kitty will be none-the wiser for having a cat-nip stuffed
    sock toy.

  • Save the heat! Surely as a prepper you have some spare
    rice in your preps. Fill long socks with rice , tie the ends
    and keep heat from escaping doors and windowsills.

  • Keep knees from getting dirty gardening. Cut off tub
    socks and slip them over the knees of your pants before
    gardening to improvise knee pads and keep the dirt from
    ruining your pants at the knee. Less wear on your clothes
    will help keep your wardrobe intact, which is helpful on the
    budget during economic hardships.

  • Have another dirty task? Socks worn over shoes
    before a messy task will help mitigate the mess and
    preserve the shoes. Think of this next time you plan
    on painting a ceiling or wall.

  • Turn old socks into a rag. Socks are handy as a rag for
    dusting or as silver polishing mitt. Polish shoes, your car, a
    bike, furniture - you name it!

  • Improvise toilet paper. As unpleasant as it sounds, the
    day may come when the toilet paper runs out. If you've
    exhausted the ideas we've listed in our article on toilet
    paper, When the toilet paper runs out, then you can give
    an old sock a try.

  • Find lost items. Whether you've just dropped screws and
    nuts, or lost a valuable earring, a sock can help with the
    aid of a vacuum cleaner. Put a sock on the suction end and
    tie a rubber band in place. Then get at the object that's
    just out of reach using the suction power of the vacuum.
    You'll find the missing object trapped in the sock.

  • Get a new fashion sense. Snip an old pair of socks and
    you can create leg warmers, fingerless gloves, or old
    fashioned hair curlers with just a little imagination. Such
    creativity and resourcefulness was a mainstay during the
    Great Depression.

And those are just some of the weird ways to use socks.

Have you stashed a pair of old shoes in your car yet?
Do it now. Place a pair of sturdy and comfortable old shoes or
boots in your car and another at your place of work, so you'll
always have a means of walking out on foot, should you be
unable to take public transportation or your car home. Old
shoes have worn to your foot, so you'll be less likely to blister.
You won't want to walk home in flip flops, sandals or high
heels. After a disaster, you may find broken glass or people to
evade. You may have to run, kick or hike out to safety! Think
with your best foot forward.

Happy endings...
There is no end to what you can do with an old sock! If you find
a sock without a mate, then craft something new and useful.

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Survival Socks
An ordinary pair of socks could save your life!

Could a pair of socks save your life? You bet it could!
You won't look at your sock drawer again in the same way when
you know how to use socks to survive...

Socks can protect your feet from blisters, and help you avoid
hypothermia and frostbite, and a sock can do so much more to
help you survive an emergency situation. Gain new respect for
an ordinary pair of socks...

How Socks Can Help you Survive
Here's how socks could save your life...

Socks use #1: Avoid blisters by correctly wearing
Help avoid blisters on a long journey by reducing the friction in
your boots. Wear both a thin pair and a thick pair of socks. The
thin pair (like a pair of pantyhose) will help wick away the
moisture. The thick pair will help absorb the friction saving your
feet from the painful blisters it might otherwise suffer with one
pair of socks alone!

An old military trick... is to wear pantyhose underneath socks to
minimize friction and to avoid blisters while hiking. With
pantyhose and socks you can stay warmer, keep ticks and
chiggers at bay, and also improvise a fishing net or filter water.

Socks use #2: Warm your hands in socks.
If you're stuck in extreme cold without mittens, you can warm
your hands using that second pair of socks you were wearing on
your feet. Wearing socks on your hands could prevent frostbite
and restore dexterity so you can make it out alive.

Socks use #3: Collect water using a sock for
In a wilderness survival situation, a sock can help you soak up
enough water to survive if you are clever:

  • Make morning dew water. Your sock can skim the
    morning dew as you walk allowing you to soak up precious
    drops for survival. Dew is safe to drink and could bring just
    enough water to save your life.

  • Wring wet clay or mud into water. Make water from a
    mud puddle! Fill a sock with mud or wet clay then wring out
    every drop of moisture.

Socks use #4: Filter water in sock for survival.
If you have a questionable water source, you can use a sock to
remove sediment from water to make it more appealing. It
won't help you avoid bacteria or other microorganisms, but it
can help. To filter into potable water, fill your sock with sand,
charcoal, and grass to grab the bigger particles, and pour water
through. It may taste a little ripe, but it’s safer than drinking.

Sock use #5 Carry stuff in a sock.
A sock is like a mini bag: use it to carry things in an emergency
situation where you have no bag. For example:

  • Carry a snake. If you catch a snake for your next meal in a
    survival situation, you can stow it inside your sock to keep
    it alive until you've built your fire or reached your

  • Stow tinder. On your journey to the next camp site, you
    may stumble into a bird's nest, which makes excellent
    tinder or cat tails! Look also for pine needles.

  • Collect wild edibles. With a sock you can collect wild

Sock use #6: Fashion a bola from a sock.
Defend yourself with socks and loose change in an urban
survival sitation if caught without a weapons. In a wilderness
survival situation, stuff your socks with stones to club small
game with a bola.

Sock use #7: Winter car survival using socks.
Sock a pair of socks in the glove compartment! So says in an
article on car hacks to survive
winter.  Socks can not only wipe your windshields to provide
much needed visibility, but can serve to provide traction in the

  • Traction for your shoes when putting on snow chains.
    Stow a large pair of socks in the glove compartment, so
    that you can wear the socks over your shoes to provide a
    measure of traction allowing you freedom to add the snow
    chains or otherwise attend to outside and avoid slips and

  • Use socks to wipe away the snow on your windshields:
    Socks will keep your wipers ice free...
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