A so called Space Blanket, also known as an Emergency Blanket or Thermal Blanket, is a common item in one’s emergency kit. It is made from ‘Mylar’ material, they don’t cost much, and they facilitate a number of practical and potential emergency uses. They are a ‘staple’ item that everyone should have at least one of in their emergency kit.
Here are some uses for a so called Space Blanket:
The number one use for a Space Blanket is to wrap one’s-self in, to keep warm as most body heat is reflected back due to the heat-reflective properties of the Mylar material itself.
Use an ‘Emergency Blanket’ as a heat reflector while camping by stringing up behind the campfire so the infrared heat reflects back to your location.
Use a ‘Thermal Blanket’ to help block one’s IR (Infrared) thermal signature.
Use as an improvised poncho in the rain.
Cut the Mylar material to use as ‘aluminum foil’ for containing food while cooking over a fire.
Bunch together the corners of a piece of Mylar material so as to hold some water (like a small sack), tie the bunched end and attach (string) to a make-shift tripod (sticks) and boil above a fire for safe drinking water. Here’s how long to boil water for safe drinking.
It’s waterproof, so place under your sleeping bag (or small tent) to protect from ground moisture (and reflect your body heat back to you) if camping outside.
Use as a Space Blanket as a signaling device if you’re lost, due to it’s highly reflective surface – a very shiny reflector.
Cut the Mylar material to fit into your boots for added warmth – although the material does not ‘breathe’.
Use it to catch rainwater (like a tarp) which could then be used for drinking water.
Cut pieces as a light reflector for behind a lantern or candle.
Place between yourself and a blanket while sleeping in a very cold environment.
Use behind the radiators or wood stove in your home to reflect heat back into the room.
Lets hear your additional ideas for uses for a Space Blanket…