Problem solving is one skill that is common among all preppers. And face it. From time to time, we have all called the most ubiquitous items into action when we had a problem to solve.
That’s just it. Part of the fun we have when we embrace the preparedness lifestyle is that we can dream about new ways to use common objects to do stuff. Case in point is the flying disc that is commonly referred to as a Frisbee.
Today, Joe Marshall shares his quest to find innovative, off the wall and out of the box uses for a Frisbee.
Innovation And Adaptation, The Most Practical Of Skills
Survival is all about preparation, but there are some things that you just can’t prepare for. If you get caught in a situation that you were just absolutely ill equipped to handle, the only thing that would save you is your innovation and adaptability under stress.
A few days ago, I posted an article on Facebook that posed a question…
If you were in a survival situation and found a Frisbee, how would you use it to your advantage?
I wanted to test you all and see just how creative you could get with something as simple as a plastic Frisbee. After I posted the question I sat back and watched the comments roll in and I have to say you did not fail to impress me!
In fact, I wanted to share with you a few of the responses.
Here are my favorite uncommon, out of the box uses for a Frisbee.
10. Knock fruits out of trees
9. A weather vane
8. A shooting target
7. A makeshift paddle
6. A plate
5. A plate cover (to keep food warm and the bugs out)
4. Fanning your fire
3. A mirror or reflector when lined with tin foil.
2. “If you catch yourself around feral hippies, you can easily distract them with the Frisbee and make a break for it before any Phish starts playing.” (thanks @nick mackinaw, this one made me laugh!)
1. And my personal favorite is from @Mark Baca who uses it as a hunting tool. Read on:
“I use one for quail and pheasant when they tend to be runners rather than flushers. Once they run I throw it over and past them. They see the Frisbee or the shadow and think it is a raptor (Hawk owl etc. not the dinosaur ….lol) and they stop in place to hide from the “predator” giving me the chance to catch up and try to flush them (if hunting) or just shoot them on the ground.( survival situation).”
(Number 2 on the list actually made me laugh out loud!)
Again, survival is all about thinking on your feet and doing what ever is necessary with whatever you have on hand in order to make the best of a bad situation.
About ‘Above Average’ Joe: I am just an average guy with a passion for learning. I am excited to share the things I learn with you but I am most interested in learning from you. Thank you, Gaye, for inviting me to share the Survival Life with your readers!
THE FINAL WORD
One day, while I was on the road heading home in my car, I found myself without a bowl for Tucker The Dog’s food. I did not have a bowl but I did have a coffee filter. Thus spawned my article 29 Reasons to Use Coffee Filters for Survival. Now it seems to be that I could have used a Frisbee as well.
So now I need to ask you something. Have you ever used an item outside of it’s intended purpose to get something done?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye Levy, also known as the Survival Woman, grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, she started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. She has now abandoned city life and has moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on an island in NW Washington State. She lives and teaches the principles of a sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle through her website at BackdoorSurvival.com. At Backdoor Survival, Gaye speaks her mind and delivers her message of prepping with optimism and grace, regardless of the uncertain times and mayhem swirling around us.