No one can claim to be a wildlife enthusiast and not to love to go on a safari at the same time, it is like claiming to enjoy being a carpenter and not loving wood. However, on a safari, anything can happen, hikers may get derailed from their intended track and end up getting lost, they may also have a shortage of survival or first aid kit.
Anything is expected out there in the wild. In this case, there is an urgent need to seek refuge in human creativity in order to survive, rather than just waving the white flag. Everyday items such as your business credit card and lip balm could surprisingly help you to go through the situation.
We usually think of these items in a single context and link credit cards with banks and ATMs, or a moisturizing lip balm with dry lips, but we never think of them as life-saving tools. We don’t wish you to get in trouble when going on your trip, but in case you did, here are some items that can help you!
#1 – Credit Card
Being stung by a bee or thorn is no fun for anyone, and it can lead to serious complications sometimes, including nausea, allergic reactions, and swollen skin. Nevertheless, these health issues could be avoided by –believe it or not- a credit card!
Yes, it is true, even though you are going on a safari vacation with no banks or ATMs, it would be so useful to pack a credit card for it will help you pull out the sting by scraping upward toward it.
So make sure to have your credit card on you, it is light and won’t cause you any problems, it will solve one!
#2 – Tuna tin cans
The second everyday item that can contribute to your survival is canned tuna. No, I obviously don’t mean the usual use of canned tuna; which is to satisfy your hunger. What I mean is that it can be very helpful in providing you with a source of light when it gets dark.
First of all, you will need to insert a cotton wick into the can through a small hole that you have already made on the top of the can, and then let it absorb the oil. When the oil reaches the top of the wick, all you need is a lighter and the wick should provide you with illumination for 2-3 hours.
The best part is that you will still be able to enjoy your tuna and profit from the health benefits of its nutrients; such as omega-3s.
#3 – Lip Balm
Another unexpected source of illumination in your safari tour is the lip balm. An item that was once only linked to females, is now used by both genders.
Although, if you are a male and you don’t want to be linked to a lip balm, I suggest you pack one or buy it at the airport because of the following: The lip balm can be used as a candle with this simple step: tie a piece of cloth on the top and the balm will fuel the fire.
The stick may catch fire, so make sure to roll it entirely to prevent it from doing so. This technique can provide light for two hours as well as provide some heat that can be critical during emergencies.
#4 – Bra Cups
While traveling through the wild, one may face problems linked to dust particles, smoke or other things that may cause respiratory problems. One may experience shortness of breath or more serious symptoms, especially for asthma patients. Thus, bra cups can be practicable in preventing some of these problems by using them in covering our faces.
By being able to cover the mouth and the nose, the bra prevents toxic particles from getting into the lungs. Moreover, in order to make it function as a hands-free mask, all you need is to tie the straps around your ears.
#5 – Shoelaces
When hiking or going for an adventure, always make sure you wear sneakers with laces, believe me, it worths it. Thanks to their multiple functions, shoelaces can be handy in several rough situations.
First, they can help you make a temporary shelter by tying them between two trees or pillars and hanging any piece of cloth and plastic over them. Second, they can also help you catch an important source of protein, which is fish.
Third, the mighty shoelaces can be used to make fire by the bow and drill technique. When sawing back and forth, the laces tied to the drill will heat up shavings and trigger a fire.
#6 – Socks
Socks are another multi-functional item. Obviously, They warm our feet and prevent them from the cold. However, they are also useful in providing filtered water during harsh situations.
The water found in the wild is not always clean and drinkable; therefore, your regular socks might function the same way as dewatering filter socks and help you get rid of some contaminants and organisms; even though the water might not be 100 % purified.
Moreover, their lint can be used to start a fire or be worn on hands when they are cold.
#7 – Glasses
People usually make fun of people with glasses calling them all kinds of things: blind, 4 eyes, nerds and other names. However, if you wear glasses and got stuck in the wild, no one will make fun of you.
In fact, everyone will beg you to give them your glasses because of their multiple functions. Glasses can help in triggering fire the same way as a magnifying glass. We start by collecting tinder.
Then, making use of the rays of the sun and putting the glasses in an angle that would allow it to concentrate on a small area of the tinder pile. We blow in a gentle way on the tinder until we get a stable fire. Another way to use glasses is by reflecting the sun in order to communicate a signal for help. Additionally, bending the glasses can allow us to have hooks and tools.
Joining a safari trip is not something that happens overnight, it requires a lot of planning and calculations. You need to make sure you saved up enough money for the trip. Consult insurance companies and try to discover what offers they have concerning travel insurance policies.
Start watching youtube tutorials on life hacks, and consulting google sites in order to know what you are up against. In a nutshell, every mundane item is useful when you know how to benefit from it!