A truly handy item, the unassuming black bag. The
heavy duty type is better. Here are a number of alternative uses.
Backpack: Put two, three or more bags into
each other. Place small round pebbles in the two corners and
fasten the ends of a rope around the pebbles in the corners, The
rope must be long enough to be used as shoulder straps. Make a
slip knot in the middle of the rope, push the open side of the
rucksack through it and pull tight for a third fasten point.
Sleeping bag: Two bags can serve for an
emergency sleeping bag. A bag over your usual sleeping bag helps
a lot against cold and rain. Or, put your sleeping bag loosely
in a black bag outside in the sun. Keep the bag open so that any
moisture can escape.. Your sleeping bag will get nicely warm,
ready to crawl in
Hammock: Use four bags or more depending
on your weight and cut bottom open. Push two strong ropes
through and tie onto two trees. Push sticks in between the ropes
to spread it out and then slide the bags over each other to form
Shelter: Cut a bag open and use it for
shelter. You can also spread it over rope or branches
Flotation device: Put two bags into each
other, swing it around to get air into it and tie the end
tightly shut. It is something that floats to hold onto in deep
Washing machine: Put your dirty clothes with
soap and water in a double or triple layer bag and tie it tight.
Let it roll around in the back of the vehicle or let the kids
play with it. Soon the clothes will be washed and ready for
Geyser: Put water in a bag, not more than
half full, and tie the opening tight. Leave it in the sun and
the water will be warm. You can also hang the bag in a tree,
make a hole underneath and you can shower. Use chewing gum to
seal the hole between getting yourself soaped and rinsed,
Water Container: Place a plastic bag inside
your hat or rucksack to use as water container.
Water collection: Cut a bag open and spread
it out to collect dew. Or, if available, spread a transparent
bag (black bag does not work) over a non-toxic green, juicy
branch or shrub. If it is in the sun the whole day water vapor
will condense within and will flow to the bottom where it can be
Raincoat: Cut holes for head and arms. For a
poncho, to cover rucksack and gun, cut a hole for your head and
leave the sides open.
Wallace Vosloo is an Engineer and Scientist by
profession. His family has lived in Africa since 1696
and he has a deep love for the continent. He is a
practical outdoorsman and loves traditional hunting, axe
and knife throwing, longbow shooting, black powder
rifle- and cannon shooting, salt and fresh water fly
fishing and tracking. The art of survival is Wallaces
main field of interest and his passion is to transfer
these old forgotten skills to young hunters.
Rope: Start at the opening of the bag and
cut a long strip, about 2 cm wide, in a circle. With this you
can braid a strong rope
Preparing Food: A plastic bag can serve as a
water, dust and insect free food container, marinade bowl or
plate. You can even boil water in it.