If you’re an avid camper or hiker then you should know how important it is to be prepared. Of course, you don’t want to be a worrier of impending doom, but you do need to be realistic. So what happens if you get stuck with no lighter or matches to make a fire? Rubbing two sticks together is a technique that really just isn’t going to cut it if it’s not something you’ve practiced for hours on end before.
As long as you have a flashlight with a battery and some gum with a foil wrapper, you’ll be warmed up in no time!
The narrow bridge of the wrapper should be about 2mm (use your Swiss army knife to cut); if it’s thinner than that it may just break without actually igniting.
It gets really hot, really fast, so if you have gloves, wear them. Otherwise try to use something else as a barrier, like your shirt. You don’t want to drop the only fire starter you have because it burnt your fingers.
Make sure to have some good flammable tinder ready so that you can build and grow your fire quickly. If this is a serious survival situation and you’re relying on this method, take the time to gather lots of dry tinder that’ll ignite quickly.
Video by The king of Random.