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Backpacker Magazine – Online Exclusive

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Survive With a Plastic Bag

Keep a plastic bag in your pack as a no-weight lifesaver. Here are 6 ways it might come in handy.
Text by Ted Alvarez. Images by Ben Fullerton.



Irrigation
Irrigate a wound: Add a few cups of purified water to the bag, then twist it until the water gathers in a corner. Poke a small hole in the bag and squeeze.



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READERS COMMENTS

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John
Jul 26, 2014

Hummm.
1. Putting feet in plastic bags results in very wet feet from sweat and toenail fungus.
2. If you can't tell which way the wind is blowing you should not be in the woods.
3. If you are afraid to reach into the water to pick up your keys you should not be in the woods.
4. Putting leaf litter in a bag and putting it on your head is the ideal way to get ticks and lyme disease.
Stupid article

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AZ Hiker
Jul 26, 2014

Kim: Wind direction is reported by the direction it is coming from. For example, a northerly wind blows from the north to the south.

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Mr. Common Sense
Jul 24, 2014

Hmm, lets see! Tip # 1: put feet in plastic bags to keep them dry in humid and wet conditions.
Real tip#1. Plastic bags don't permit the transpiraton of moisture in both directions.
Real tip #2. Feet sweat and skin swells and splits when in prolong moisture.
Real tip #3. Feet like to sweat more when hiking than sittng still.
Real tip #4. Deduce best tip from real tip #1,2 & 3 while disregarding article‘s tip # 1 and most other #‘s for reaching too hard for a fill article. I hope nobody got paid for telling you to use a plastic bag for a whistle when everyone has been doing it since they were 5 with a blade of grass.

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Mr. Common Sense
Jul 24, 2014

Hmm, lets see! Tip # 1: put feet in plastic bags to keep them dry in humid and wet conditions.
Real tip#1. Plastic bags don't permit the transpiraton of moisture in both directions.
Real tip #2. Feet sweat and skin swells and splits when in prolong moisture.
Real tip #3. Feet like to sweat more when hiking than sittng still.
Real tip #4. Deduce best tip from real tip #1,2 & 3 while disregarding article‘s tip # 1 and most other #‘s for reaching too hard for a fill article. I hope nobody got paid for telling you to use a plastic bag for a whistle when everyone has been doing it since they were 5 with a blade of grass.

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Kim
Jul 05, 2014

If left is West and right is East, according to the pic would the wind be coming from the West ? Would you call that a prevailing West wind ? If it points to the East is it a East wind ? I'm confused :(

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