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Stuff your jacket (first) and pants (if it’s a thick issue) with shredded paper to help retain core warmth when temperatures drop. Also: Insulate your feet by cutting out two insole-shaped stacks of pages and putting them in your shoes. Swap in a new “insole” when they get wet.
A tube of rolled pages can immobilize anything from a pinky finger to a forearm to a tent or hiking pole. Wrap the cylinder tightly around the break, then bind it with tape, cordage, or DIY twine (see “Make Cord,” right).
Paper burns, of course, but you can improve performance in tough conditions. Shred pages finely and buff them up with your hands (like you’d do with natural fibers to make a quick-start tinder). To ignite wet wood, twist dry magazine pages until they’re the size of pens and use them as kindling over the shredded tinder. The subsequent heat should be enough to coax damp wood into a campfire.
Feed a Flame
Roll pages into straw-like tubes and use them to blow oxygen onto coals and get a stubborn fire burning.
Tear out the brightest pages (contrast with environment is key) and weight them down with sticks and stones to make an SOS sign that’s easily visible in an aerial search. Alert ground searchers by leaving bright pages hanging on branches to mark your presence.
Tear the pages into long strips, then twist and braid into cord. Note: The cord isn’t as strong as other natural fibers, so only use it for light-duty applications, like lashing saplings.
Dry Boots or Gloves
Place strips into your boots like wicks to draw out moisture.
Block bites and scrapes
Caught out in shorts? Have to bushwhack through nasty vegetation? Fasten rolled pages around the arms and lower legs to protect them against snakebites and thickets.
Catch a Fish
Twist the brightest pages into small ribbon shapes to make a fish lure that’s about as effective as one made from bone or feather. Put the twisted lure directly on the hook (premade or DIY). These have a short lifespan of only a couple casts, but that’s made up for by the ease of manufacturing.