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11/07/2019 / By Grace Olson
For preppers, a poncho is one of the most valuable items in an emergency kit. Don’t let its simple design fool you. Depending on the user, a poncho can transform into various items with different purposes. (h/t to PreppersWill.com)
Ponchos offer a lot of protection for their wearers. They are made of heavy plastic material, making them suitable for heavy rains. They are also big enough to keep a person and his backpack dry. Here are other ways to use ponchos as cover:
There are a lot of ponchos available on the market, with different sizes and colors. When buying a poncho, consider the following:
If you come across a river, it may be difficult to cross while carrying a backpack and other supplies. With a poncho, you can make a waterproof flotation device (a poncho raft) for your things. All you need is a poncho and a long rope. Follow the instructions below:
If you have an extra poncho, repeat this process, but place the first baggage face down.
You can now cross the river or stream, tugging your supplies in a poncho raft, safe and dry.
A travois is a tool similar to a dog sled. While it can’t be used on snow, it works effectively on dry, rugged terrains. You can make one with two stout poles (like thick branches), a poncho, and two spreaders. Follow these instructions:
A poncho is also an effective carrier for emergencies. In case of an injured person, simply spread the poncho on the ground and place the injured person on it. Hoist the poncho up and carry the person to safety.
Ponchos are an effective means to collect water. Here are some ways to use one for water collection:
A poncho is a valuable item to have during an emergency. Make sure to always keep one in your EDC kit.
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