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Posted by Ashley Cawley

Last week I enjoyed a weeks stay in a beautiful forest at the BushcraftUK Bushmoot, feeling tired but relaxed we set off for home:Cornwall. On the way home Justin picked up a couple of energy drinks to keep him going, not your normal can of Red Bull, but these new smaller "shot" sized bottles. I've not tried them myself but Justin said they're like cough-medicine! Anyhow, beneath the label this looked like a small, convenient bottle and we pondered it's uses for camping.

red-bull-capsule-bushcraft-usesAs you can see beneath the label this little bottle is a handy size, it's fairly durable & has a nice air-tight screw seal. In the photograph I have filled it with cotton-balls covered in Vasaline (Petroleum Jelly) for fire-lighting with a spark. I managed to fit over 10 cotton-balls into one bottle, bearing in mind you could easily start a fire with just one half of these cotton-balls, that means you've got tinder for over 20 fire's in something small that weighs just 24g.

You could also uses these bottles for transporting handy liquids into the wilderness;

  • Cooking Oil
  • Washing up liquid
  • Meths
  • .....
Can you think of any other interesting uses? Let me know in the comments.


Comments (6)
6 Sunday, 14 April 2013 09:16
Literally cannot find these anywhere now. Going out my mind trying to get my hands on one! Just discovered the joys of vaseline and cottonballs and now they go and disappear...typical
5 Wednesday, 07 September 2011 12:23
ian corkett
i have used small containers to keep things in like a small fishing kit in which i have used many times.
4 Monday, 28 March 2011 22:10
Gwyn James
Loads of free containers out there. Try some of the supplements bottles at Holland & Barret or ask at your Chemist they have some large canisters when bulk buying.
If you want something larger try ASDA's chocolate powder conatainer almost a mini BDH bottle. The new plastic conatainer for Horlicks are good too.
3 Monday, 27 September 2010 19:30
Ashley Cawley
Don't apologise Pete, some great ideas there :) Thanks for sharing.
2 Monday, 27 September 2010 18:40
Pete Wilson
It could be used for various medical suplies, i.e. heeping plasters, etc... dry or even take a couple of empty ones out forraging to store some hand natural poultices and things. I like the idea of using one as a tinder pot. At the very least it would keep it dry. You could even hide a small fire-steel in the middle potentially. It could even me usefull around the house as an easily consealed and mobile "safe"...

Sorry. I see something like this and my imagination runs away with me...

1 Saturday, 21 August 2010 19:09
Big Dave
I used to use a plastic film container (35mm type) as a waterproof store for windproof matches, so I think this might be even better having a screw seal.

It's good to have alternatives :o)

Big Dave

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