Go into any grocery store, gas station, convenience store and you’re going to find packs and packs of chewing gum.
What used to be considered a candy, has now become a health food (of sorts) as gum makers have recently moved to create gum that’s healthy for your teeth and won’t cause health issues.
Well my prepper friend, I’m writing this blog post today because I want you to consider adding chewing gum to your survival kit.
While chewing gum isn’t on the same level as a water filter or a camping stove, I think you’ll find keeping some of this stored in your survival kit or bug out bag can be pretty worthwhile.
Check these uses out.
Discover Chewing Gum’s Crazy Survival Uses
1 – Use the wrapper to start a fire:
While this isn’t exactly attributed to the chewy, rubbery texture of gum, the good news is you can use the wrapper to start a fire.
All you need is a wrapper that’s got some of that metallic, glossy material on it and a AA battery and voila, a gum wrapper lighter.
Here’s a video to show you how it works.
2 – Use gum to fix things:
This is where the MacGyver side of gum use comes out.
The nice thing about gum is its consistency lends itself to being moth pliable and sticky, which is great in case you need to fix something that can’t be fixed with other tools.
So what exactly can you fix with gum?
- Leaky water bottles
- Leaky radiator hoses in a car
- Secure loose window panes
- Hold broken glasses together
Remember, for the most part these are temporary fixes, but in a pinch gum can help you out in a quick workaround.
3 – Use it to keep teeth clean:
One of the best reasons to keep gum in your survival kit is because it’s great for helping to keep teeth clean.
Gum manufacturers have recently been including (and excluding) certain ingredients to help promote better oral health. By chewing the gum, these ingredients can actually keep the bacteria responsible for gum disease at bay. Of course this isn’t a replacement for brushing your teeth, but if you’re on the go and want a lightweight option for dental health gum’s a great addition.
The best gums to add to your bug out bag or survival kit for this purpose are going to be absent added sugar, will contain sweeteners like xylitol, and should contain some kind of peppermint or spearmint oil.
4 – Use it to catch fish:
Bear in mind not all fish are going to go for gum, but there are certain ones that will.
Some of the fish that like going after gum are catfish, and minnows, although people report they’re able to catch other fish with gum.
True, catching minnows won’t keep you fed, but you can use those minnows as bait for larger fish, so the use of gum in fishing is no less effective.
It’s recommended you use gum with some sugar and some color to make this work.
Please keep this in mind. The use of gum as fish bait is a survival use only. Many fish won’t be able to digest the gum and if they ingest the gum it could kill them. Only use gum in an emergency situation.
5 – Use it to improve digestion:
Gum aids digestion, and relieves nausea.
Ordinary chewing gum increases the saliva production in your mouth. In turn, these
stomach acids help break down food to aid digestion. Some gum goes beyond the
ordinary to aid in digestion by relieving nausea.
Ginger gum can provide all-natural relief from nausea. Ginger gum is ideal for women
in your group who may become pregnant because 80% of women experience
nausea during their pregnancy.
Ginger has been used as a medicinal herb for
thousands of years. Now you can enjoy its natural soothing properties in a fast-
acting, great-tasting chewing gum. This is a drug-free option for reducing nausea
symptoms related to morning sickness.
Anti Nausea Ginger Gum, pictured immediate left, is an all natural relief of
nausea. Ideal for motion sickness, morning sickness, general nausea and
stomach upset or chemotherapy, you’ll find ginger gum is a good drug-free
Sea-Band Anti-nausea Ginger gum. Pictured right, Sea Band Anti-nausea
ginger gum is a drug-free alternative for morning sickness, chemotherapy and
induced nausea relief.
6 – Use it to stay focused and to fight stress:
If SHTF you can rest assure the level of stress you’re going to be subjected to will be intense.
One of the best ways to deal with that stress is by chewing gum. Gum’s been proven to help people deal with stress as the constant chewing helps your frayed nerves stay calmer. The U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health wrote about it in a study “[Chewing gum] reduces cortisol during acute laboratory psychological stress.”
Cortisol is one of your body’s main stress hormones, and anything you can do to keep it from spiking beyond its normal level is going to help you deal with stress better.
Not only does it help with stress relief it can also help you stay mentally alert and focused in a time of crisis, that’s why the military began including it in soldiers rations some 70 years ago.
If you want gum that really takes care of mental alertness you can opt to get caffeinated gums that contain 50 – 100mg of caffeine per serving. These kinds of gum will help keep you alert and energized in a time of crisis.
7 – It can improve morale:
One aspect of crisis survival situations people don’t think much about is how morale will suffer when daily life is suddenly altered for the worse.
The simple act of chewing gum with a great taste can help make it feel like things aren’t as bad as they are.
You can also give gum to others who are struggling with their new circumstances as a way of helping them readjust. The pleasantry of chewing gum will help bring them back to reality, but with a bit of grace.
8 – Use it for bartering:
Believe it or not gum is actually a great tool to barter with.
As mentioned in point number 7, people want things to seem like they’re normal.
“In case the world goes completely off the grid, gum will be a luxury item for barter. The nice thing about gum is that it packs nicely and doesn’t cost too much. During the Great Depression, small hard candies became popular treats and “gum was heaven,” according to the biographer for Walter E. Diemer who was the inventor of bubblegum.“
9 – Gum can help suppress your appetite:
There have been multiple studies that conclude chewing gum is helpful at reducing cravings and curbing appetite; this is one of the reasons the military provides gum to soldiers.
The good news is there are a few kinds of gum that work better at curbing appetite than normal gum. Yes, normal gum can help suppress appetite, but gums with natural additives like hoodia and caffeine have an even more pronounced affect on appetite suppression.
Why does this matter in a survival situation?
It’s simple really, the last thing you want to think about when the world around you is going to hell in a hand basket is how hungry you are. That’s a really good way to make an already difficult situation even worse.
The Best Place To Keep Your Gum
Now that you know all of chewing gum’s crazy survival uses you probably ought to know where to keep it.
My suggestion is to keep several packs inside of your survival kit.
Ultimately I recommend keeping it in a container that’s going to keep it safe from accidental exposure to moisture and the environment.
One of the best places is in your emergency first aid kit, that way it’s self-contained and safe.
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