There is WHAT in your Bug Out Bag?

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Finding practical uses for ordinary items has always been a hobby of mine.  It all started when I had my first apartment way back when and I used toothpaste to patch up nail holes left in the wall as I was hanging posters using the trial and error method.  After that, there was no looking back.  I was hooked on using household items in unusual ways.

It has been my experience that most preppers have this same penchant for wanting to use ordinary items for extraordinary purposes.  Myself?  I feel pretty clever in this regard.  But today I have to tell you, Above Average Joe has me beat.  Who would have thought that pantyhose could be put to practical use in a bug out bag?

Read on.

My BOB Has A Secret…And It Isn’t Pretty.

If you are heading out for a weekend camping trip or a disaster is on its way and you need to hoof it on foot to get out of dodge make sure you always have a few pair of these in your gear:

That’s right the secret weapon in my Bug out Bag is pantyhose… er maybe I should call them  Man-tyhose.

It might not be  a very manly thing to carry and I get a few funny looks when I step up to the counter at CVS with a pair of Pantyhose… but  this is survival planning and you looking manly is trumped by being prepared.

Not only are these cheap to buy but there are dozens of alternative uses for them and they take up practically no space.  Check out the list below for a small sampling of what these can be used for:

  • You can wear pantyhose as extra layer beneath your normal clothes to keep warm in cold weather.
  • Use pantyhose to prevent bites and stings. Wear pantyhose under your shorts or pants to protect against chiggers, ticks, and other biting insects.
  • If you are going to be trekking through water, wear them to protect yourself from jellyfish stings and leaches.
  • Stretch a pair of pantyhose over a “Y” shaped branch or stick and use as a skimmer or a fishing net. You won’t catch a 10lb catfish in this, but you may be able to pick up a few smaller fish to eat or use as bait for a larger fish
  • Use pantyhose to secure bait while fishing. Place bait in the pantyhose and secure it to a tree or anything sturdy in order to to keep from losing bait while fishing.
  • Use pantyhose as a pouch or bag to carry things.
  • Use pantyhose to fasten or bind things together instead of twine or bungee cords..
  • You can use pantyhose as a belt to keep your pants hiked up.
  • In first aid, you can utilize pantyhose as a tourniquet or to hold and/or secure a bandage or hot and cold pack.
  • Use pantyhose as a first round filter to strain any collected water.  The water will still need to be treated or boiled but this first line of defense will help to clear the water of any large particles.
  • Use pantyhose to prevent blisters. I saw a lot of comments in one of my previous articles about using pantyhose to keep your feet blister free and I just wanted to highlight it again here. Cut the feet off of a pair of pantyhose at the ankles and wear them under your socks. They will help cut down on the friction between your shoe and your foot, thus reducing the risk of blisters.

Pantyhose look terrible on men… plain and simple, but they were never designed for us but the great thing about them is that they are extremely stretchy and most have a sizing guide so that you can take a guess at the size you should buy.

I’m not saying that these should be worn on a regular basis, but in a survival situation the benefit of having those in your pack outweigh any blow that your pride may take when purchasing them.  And if you really can’t break down and buy a pair of them for yourself,  I’ve actually seen a few places that sell them in camouflage for the real manly man.

Or if you have the extra cash you can always buy underarmour, but when you can get 10 pair of pantyhose for the cost of 1 pair of underarmour, I would rather save my money for something else.

These are just a few examples of what a little ingenuity can bring you in a survival situation; can you think of a few more that I may have missed?

About Joe

A little about me (‘Above Average’ Joe): I am just an average guy with a passion for learning. .I am excited to share the things I learn with you but I am most interested in learning from you. Survival Life is more than just one man. It is a growing and living community of individuals; all with the desire to be prepared to survive and thrive no matter what this world throws at us. I want to welcome you to the Survival Life community and look forward to growing with you! Thank you, Gaye, for inviting me to share the Survival Life with your readers!


Who would have thought it?  This is quite the secret!


Now surely when the Survival Husband reads this he may protest and say whoa! not me.  On the other hand, no one says anyone – man or woman, has to actually wear pantyhose.  For a buck a pair at the dollar store, it seems to me there are plenty of other reasons to keep a few pairs on hand.  Heck, even old worn out holey-ones will work.

Thanks, Joe, for a great idea!

Bargain Bin: The recent article on DIY cleaning turned out to be hugely popular all around the web. In cased you missed it, here is a link to the article Prepper Checklist: DIY Cleaning Supplies and to some of the products that I use to make my own cleaners.

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleanser: I know that Dr. Bronner’s Magic Castile soaps have a cult-like following but I prefer the Sal Suds. I call my DIY cleaner “Sudsy Sal”.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap: Of all of Dr. Bronner’s Castile soaps, peppermint is my favorite.   I use it to make “Peppermint Magic”, an all purposed cleaner.

Soft ‘n Style 8 oz. Spray Bottles: I happen to like these smaller bottles and you can not beat the price for a set of 3. Likewise for these Pump Dispensers.

NOW Solutions Glycerin Vegetable, 16-Fluid Ounces: You will need this for your Dirt Cheap Soft Soap. I paid almost as much for only 4 ounces locally. This is a great price and 16 ounces will last forever.

NOW Foods Peppermint Oil: I favor peppermint essential oil (okay, I like lavender too) so this is what I get. But there are many types of essential oils to choose from. Take your pick. One thing you will find is that a little goes a long way.

Microfiber “Magic” Rags: No list of cleaning supplies would be complete without these wonderful microfiber cloths. They will last you for years and will allow you to replace paper towels forever. Truly. I color code using green for glass and windows and the other colors for everything else. I love these.

Mobile Washer: This hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub.





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9 Responses to “There is WHAT in your Bug Out Bag?”

  1. When I was in the military I, along with other solders, would use the calf length hose under our socks to prevent blisters on long road marches.

    • I also tried that trick as a naive 18 year old soldier, but man, was I uncomfortable with that stuff pulling my leg hairs.I had the long ones on. Eventually could not stand it anymore and tried to rip it off my legs in the march. Try and do that fully quipped, in formation and not trying to attract attention from your buddies. I managed to get it off my but and you know what, but for the rest of the march I felt like a marching joke. I can’t remember if the march was as bad as I thought it would be, but the itching and pulling of hairs at places rather not mentioning is what I do remember. Sure, there are many alternative uses for this stuff – but wearing them again don’t go on my list.

    • II know it was not funny at the time but this morning? ROTFL! 🙂

    • Do not go commando with pantyhose on and hairs won’t be pulled in sensitive places.

  2. I had just yesterday unearthed a bag full of old pantyhose from the closet, and was wondering if I should throw them out, try to crochet a rug, save a few to tie up the tomatoes ? Thanks, Joe, for very cool, practical re-use ideas!

    • Even old pantyhose with runs can be worn for the foot protection. If you cut off the top near the knee, even a man’s foot will fit in the smaller size pantyhose. When you cut off the top of the pantyhose, you have a great stretchy waistband that can be used for holding things together. Stringing several together will make a longer stretchy cord. The leg part without the foot or panty part can be worn on the arms for warmth or bug protection.

  3. Hose are great for storing onions also. Put one in, tie a knot, put another in, tie a knot -all the way up. When you want one, cut a small hole to take the onion out. Then later use the small hole to put new onions in.

  4. When I was stationed in Germany, if the Commies ever wanted to know when we were deploying to the field for gunnery or wargames during the colder time of year, all they had to do was keep track of WinterAlls panty hose supply at the PX. If the shelves were bare, we were getting ready to go…..

  5. Throw a pair in the glove box of your vehicle, as well. Works in a pinch should a fan belt break when you’re not driving right past your mechanic’s location 🙂


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