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Ytrash_2ouTube channel DIY Now! just uploaded this creative video that highlights all of the different uses for heavy-duty black plastic garbage bags. Industrial trash bags are cheap, easily available, and incredibly useful for any survivalist that’s willing to get creative. Everyone knows that you can make a poncho, but some of these ideas are absolutely brilliant and unexpected.

 

 

One of the best ideas in the video is a DIY mattress made from a heavy trash bag stuffed with leaves and grass. Using this method, it’s easy to stay warm and comfortable sleeping outside without so much as a sleeping bag, shaving pounds off of your pack. With the addition of a mylar sheet and some paracord it’s possible to make a passable shelter that will keep you up off of the ground and dry, even in the rain.

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Other ideas that have been tossed around before include using the bags for dry sacks, water collection and carrying, a pack cover, and more. Still, the video really highlights just how useful having a piece of plastic can be when you hit the trail and spend the night outdoors.