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Face a campfire and prop the pad upright behind you to create a C-shaped heat reflector. On the move? Cut a hole for your head in the center of the pad. Use cordage to tie the flaps around your back and chest for an insulated vest.
Lay snow on dark foam in direct sunlight, then fold the pad to funnel meltwater into a pot or bottle.
Punch holes in the corners of the pad with a knife and use rope to tie the short edge of the pad overhead. Let the other trail behind you to create a sloped roof. (Anchor with rocks or guylines.)
Wet boots, freezing temps? Make warm camp shoes by cutting a piece of foam about twice the width and length of your foot. Face the reflective side inward and fold the foam over your toes and up your heel. Duct-tape the edges together.
Secure a strip of foam around your pot or bottle with duct tape to insulate hot water or rehydrating food. (Keep foam out of flames.)
Make a pfd
Tie your pad into a roll and throw it to a drowning partner (attach a
rope first) or use it as a buoy for deep river crossings.
Splint a leg
Cut the pad so it’s as wide as the broken bone is long, then wrap it several times around the affected limb. Secure with duct tape or cord.