I’m one of the few husbands that enjoy “window shopping”. My mind is thirsty for new products and trends. Not long ago I accompanied my wife into a beauty supply store and found it to be fascinating. Among the large variety of emery boards and nail files I found a “stone eraser” or cuticle remover that resembles a small whetting stone. I purchased it for my BOB (Bug-Out-Bag) to sharpen my knife. Next to the abrasive tools was artificial finger nails with all the adornments. There was quick drying adhesives for application and solvents to remove polish. Nail polish remover is mostly acetate which can be used as a fuel or flame accelerant. Beyond that there was a good selection of mirrors which included magnifying mirrors that range from 2x to 10x powers of magnification. These make great solar fire starters. The small compact sets can be used for both signaling and fire starting.
So, the point of this blog is to encourage you to “think outside the box” and be open to other fields and areas of interest that might be holding alternate resources for expedient solutions in emergency situations. Who knows, a new product may be discovered for us survival enthusiasts to adopt.